Letters to the Editor

Debt ceiling should not be raised

An open letter to U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint and U.S. Rep. Tim Scott:

"Having the government do something for you is like giving yourself a blood transfusion from your right arm to your left arm and spilling half of the blood in the process."

This quote is from my dad, L. Blaine Liljenquist, who was a lobbyist for 30 years. His other philosophical observation on government was: "I have never seen a government employee who was not hard-working. However, I have never seen one doing any work which needed to be done in the first place."

I am writing to you to ask that you vote against raising the national debt ceiling. Instead, have the federal government just carry on with the existing debt level and slash spending that exceeds current tax revenues. Just go cold turkey and bite the bullet. It is nonsense to think that the national debt can be stabilized and eventually paid off without dramatically cutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. There is not sufficient discretionary spending to eliminate in order for the federal government to do this. You must eliminate entire government departments and slash the size and scope of others. For example, the Department of Education does not educate. The Department of Energy does not produce energy. Both could be eliminated.

Congress could substantially cut defense spending by doing away with the all-volunteer military and reinstating a national draft. If the U.S. had continued to rely on a conscription army for the past 40 years, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would either never been fought or would have ended years ago. Public protests would have seen to that. America simply cannot afford an all-volunteer military.

Government does not need to be all things for all people. That is my observation. Thank for your conservative political philosophy.

The writer lives in Surfside Beach