Letter: The U.S. is not one big family

Re: ‘Negotiating is necessary’ (Metro, Oct. 11-13)

Lewis Clabough’s letter to the editor must be challenged. He compares the U.S. government to an average citizen who must tighten his or her belt when faced with a shortage of cash. But the government is not like a citizen. Citizens can’t declare war, governments aren’t protected from testifying against themselves, etc. The government can and should deal with the economic crisis with stimulation, not belt tightening. And for both the government and the citizen, flat default is never a wise strategy.

Ken Greiff, via email

Yes, family debts and national debts need to be paid, but a family is not a nation. Only a nation fights two wars on borrowed money and only a nation has diplomatic obligations. These are non-family related expenses. The Republicans wants no taxes and still hide behind a big army. You cannot have it both ways.

The debts for the two wars will be with us for decades to come and everyone needs to pay his fair share.

Tom Chan, via email


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