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Letter: 'I Agree With My Congressman' on Fiscal Cliff Issues

Wheaton resident writes in support of Peter Roskam's views related to the fiscal cliff. To send a letter to the editor, email Charlotte@patch.com.

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Congress: Job Half Done?

While it was good to see some solution to the 'fiscal cliff' situation from Congress, does anyone really question that Congress has only completed half of the task before them?  The Obama Administration calls for a 'balanced approach' but only really desired to address increased revenues.  We all know that revenues alone will not solve the problem.

I agree with my Congressman, Peter Roskam of the 6th District, when he calls for curbing 'out of control' spending.  Roskam believes that the only way our economy will rebound is to put in place a strong economic foundation.  That foundation must be built with measurable spending cuts.  Is it unreasonable to think that our federal government is immune to the same budget reviews that American families have been forced to make over the last four years?

Roskam supports tax code reforms to make the system fair for all American families and businesses alike.  He wants to eliminate corporate loopholes and will work across party lines to do it.  Our economy necessitates both revenue and reductions in spending to lay a foundation for a robust recovery.  Preserving the Bush tax cuts for the majority of Americans was a positive step in rebuilding the strength of our economy.  I encourage Congress to avoid partisan bickering and work together to complete the second half of the job: REDUCE SPENDING.

Doug Stickels

Wheaton, IL

John J January 10, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Doug, I agree with your REDUCE SPENDING comment. My issue with Roskam is that his approach is to take big bite out of "entitlements" and a little nibble at "business subsidies". We also need balance in what gets cut and there should be no sacred cows. I'm a Veteran and was stationed in Germany back in the 70s. I have searched the internet and have not found one cogent reason why we need to spend our $$ on sooo many overseas installations. I think the Europeans are quite capable of taking care of their defense needs (ditto for the Japanese). But why bother when they have free-spending Americans willing to pickup the tab. Mention Defense cuts to Roskam and his cohorts and the response is a flat-out NO!
Wheaton Watcher January 11, 2013 at 12:24 AM
It is always easy to talk about cutting spending until they cut something you like or need. Example. Lets cut entitlements (the crowd goes wild). Okay, how about the social security payments your MOTHER receives? What about overly generous military benefits? Oh no, we can't do that. What about federal highway construction? All the contractors, trucking companies, and commuters say, we can't do that. What about farm subsidies. The farmers go nuts. I bet Ro$kam brings home plenty of pork back to the district. What about cutting all Federal cash coming back to the sixth. We could go austerity here, as a point of principle. How many people would support Ol' Pete then? Its always good to talk about cutting spending until it is your cow that is getting axed.
Doug Stickels January 11, 2013 at 02:38 AM
If you asked the different members of my family they would say they all have their individual sacred cows when it comes to how we spend our money. Cable tv, cell phone, health club memberships, music lessons all would fit into their definition of necessities. The truth of the matter is that reductions in these costs can be made without much pain. Perhaps you have forgotten that Social Security has previously made age eligibility changes. I will be eligible at 65 but my kids will not be until 67. This change was phased in over several years and most people are not even aware of it. Not wanting to make spending cuts does not change the fact that we can not continue to spend more than we take in. Sure, it can be done for awhile but then what? Look at what is happening in Greece or Spain. Leadership is needed to make those tough cuts. If you think all government expenditures are sacred cows, then cut them all by 5 percent across the board.
Tom Koz January 11, 2013 at 02:39 AM
YET, mr. obama is allowing raises for all congress, vp joe "gaffe" biden, and judges!!! The idiots are destroying our country!!
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