Republicans adamantly oppose tax increases in any way, shape or form; Democrats just as strongly oppose any cuts in spending, particularly the so-called entitlements.
May I remind my Republican friends that the top income tax bracket under the father of conservatives, Ronald Reagan, was reduced to 50 percent. Today, Republicans want to maintain the Bush income tax bracket on the very wealthy at 35 percent.
And may I remind my Democrat friends who claim their Social Security and Medicare benefits are only getting their own money back is just not true. Please remember that your employers matched dollar for dollar your contributions over your working career to these programs.
Back in the day, there was a spirit of bipartisanship. Our Congress and the president worked together for the best interest of all citizens.
There must be a combination of both increased taxes and cutting expenses for our nation to return to prosperity. Think "we," not "me." Compromise is not a dirty word.
Go to nolabels.org to see what a group of 600,000-plus Republicans, Democrats and independents are doing to encourage our Congress to work together and to “stop fighting and start fixing.”
Contact our Congressman, Bill Huizenga, at huizenga.house.gov/contact, or call 202-225-4401 (Washington office) or 616-395-0030 (Holland office), and urge him to join the recently formed Congressional Problem Solvers Bloc. This group of more than 90 members of Congress from all political persuasions have sponsored a No Budget, No Pay bill.
— Phil Leech, Spring Lake