A recent letter-writer spoke of the need for the government to borrow more and the GOP/tea party's so-called impasse with regard to the fiscal cliff.
Look at the facts:
It took this country from inception all the way to Clinton's second term to reach a deficit of $7 trillion. While Clinton did manage to get it back just under $6 trillion before leaving, George W. Bush ran the deficit back up to $9 trillion over the next eight years.
Then along came Obama, who took us from $10 trillion to over $16 trillion in less than four years.
And the main danger is for politicians to overemphasize balancing the budget?
No, the main danger is for this administration to continue to borrow and spend at a rate that simply cannot be maintained.
Medicare eligibility needs to be adjusted to 70 years old over five years without changing existing recipients' benefits.
Fifty years ago, Social Security had eight people paying into it for every one receiving it. It is now two for every one. That has to change as well or it will not be sustainable.
There are generations of families getting Social Security Disability when they simply shouldn't qualify.