The Honorable Rob Wittman,
I was pleasantly surprised to get the call for your tele-town forum in my home-office today. I don’t know where all the lefties came from. I guess I wasn’t quick enough on the *-3 trigger to voice my concern. Here is my comment. We have been raising the debt ceiling all my life. Each and every time the debt ceiling has been raised the government spends its way up to the new limit. It completely invalidates the purpose of calling it a “limit.” President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner gambled that you would have to raise the debt limit – that you and the rest of the Republicans won’t stand up to the potential heat. Don’t give in.
Because the “debt limit” is meaningless in Washington, DC I do not support any grand bargain to increase the debt substantially. I think that any debt increase should be gradual and be used to force Congress to eliminate the spending problem in Washington. I don’t mind having a debt ceiling “crisis” every 6-8 weeks if Republicans gradually bend the curve of spending under control while ultimately seeking a balanced budget. The only leverage you have right now is the threat of “Armageddon,” remove it and the Democrats walk away from the table.
Lastly, this talk of “balance” and “compromise” is for suckers and dummies. That is pabulum for the naive masses. Mixing spending cuts with tax hikes would have the effect of canceling good policies with bad policies. It would be analogous to trying to save a sinking ship by bailing water out of the bow and pouring it into the stern. You have good ideas. Democrats wouldn’t know a good idea if it hit them between the eyes. We have to win this one. It is the last great opportunity to bring this budget monster under control.
You are the right man - in the right place - at the right time. Don’t let the spineless ones throw this opportunity away.
God Bless you Rob Wittman and God Bless the United States of America.