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Saturday's Letters to the Editor

Irresponsible Obama

EDITOR: Tuesday's article about President Barack Obama's position on the debt ceiling ("Obama says he won't negotiate over debt") demonstrates a staggering arrogance, even for Obama.

In a fit of petty pique that is decidedly unpresidential, he preemptively blamed Republicans for events that have not happened (delay of Social Security checks, veterans' benefits and payment of troops) as well as ruining the economy — which is more demonstrably related to profligate spending than anything else.

He is guilty of the very thing that he blames on others: a my-way-or-the-highway mentality. He declared that he will not negotiate on raising the debt limit, which clearly leads to more spending. He ignores any effort at budget balancing and indeed has only succeeded in getting unanimous votes against his budget proposals — from both parties.

This one-way posture ill befits presidential responsibilities. If he was guilty of nothing else, how can any responsible federal official shove a gigantic national debt on our children and grandchildren just to support the current unprecedented spending spree?

The debt ceiling is intended to curtail exactly such irresponsibility. What a great example for families, which do not have the ability to print money.

BOB CHRISTOFFERSON

Mendocino

Quick work

EDITOR: On the same day that The Press Democrat showcased a front page photo of the final steel girder being placed on the new casino in Rohnert Park, I heard a DJ on a local radio station raving about how fast it had gone up — "just in no time at all" — as he excitedly talked about this project, how many workers were out there every day, amazing progress, yada yada. One has to wonder how quickly the construction would be happening if this were a school, a library, a clinic, or a housing complex for homeless veterans.


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