Cut and save
When income is less than the outgoing money, the only choice is to cut spending. In your home, you would cut back to keep food on the table and a roof over your head. With the government, it’s the same.
Only fund vital services and at a reduced rate, if possible. Cut all of the optional programs. When the income increases, save for the next shortfall and then think hard about restarting any programs you cut.
Any smart public employee is going to his employer and offering a temporary pay cut. Those fools who insist they are too important to take a cut should be shown the door.
Give McCarthy time
I strongly disagree with the recent portrayal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy in Michael Doyle’s Feb. 14 article (“McCarthy off to a rough start as House GOP whip”). This attack is an obvious cheap shot against the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives. The fact that Doyle suggests McCarthy’s youthful appearance somehow relates to inexperience is absolutely unfounded and absurd.
On the contrary, McCarthy has been nationally recognized as one of the Republican Party’s most persuasive members and one of the main strategists for last November’s GOP landslide victory in the House.
Rep. McCarthy was just sworn into this position less than two months ago and has not even been afforded ample time to prove himself. Rep. McCarthy has been given the daunting task of collaborating with 87 new Republican House members, many of who come from swing districts.
I simply don’t find it fair to judge McCarthy as completely responsible for a minor lapse in GOP solidarity. He has been one of the most active leaders in the fight to cut our budget deficit and tighten our belt on wasteful spending.
Given the new dynamics of the House, he deserves a little more time to prove his skills at this post.
San Luis Obispo
It’s so comforting to know that when it comes to making a decision on an important matter, the Democrats choose to run and hide. I’m speaking of the problem facing the Wisconsin Legislature. They have a bill that would decrease government costs by decreasing the power of union-backed government employees.
Every state and the federal government is going to have to face the fact that we are drowning in debt. Will the Democrats cut and run when even more pressing issues need to be faced head on?
Robert P. Dwight
San Luis Obispo
A lesson to learn
As I see the tragic photos of the New Zealand earthquake, I am saddened by the unnecessary loss of life. If their unreinforced masonry buildings had been retrofitted, as has been required in San Luis Obispo, people may have had a chance to get out in time before the buildings collapsed.
There is a saying that goes, “earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.” Let’s hope there’s a lesson learned from this tragedy.