I was very saddened to see that your name was not among the NO votes on the Boehner bill in congress. It looks like once again the Republicans have sold us out and COMPROMISED with the Democrats. I don't see how you could really believe that 1 trillion dollars of "cuts" OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS is really going to happen or make any difference. With the federal government growing at about 7.5 percent per year under "base line budgeting" how could any thinking person believe that the Boehner bill will really result in anything effective?
You should have voted NO. No, the debt ceiling should not be raised. I do not believe the scare tactics of default. By refusing to raise the debt ceiling, the government would be forced to live within its means. I would have much preferred to see the congress propose the idea of Senator Jim Demint and freeze spending at 2007 levels. We did just fine in 2007. There is no reason why we couldn't do fine with 2007 spending levels now.
I have always supported you in the past, but no more. It appears you have decided to go the way of the establishment Republicans rather than make the hard and painful choices it is going to take to save us from economic Armageddon.
It is my hope that in 2012 you have a true conservative primary challenger. Whoever that may be will get my vote.
Thomas M. Hamilton MD.