U.S. needs to be realistic on debt

Published 9:57 am Monday, December 10, 2012

I read David Larson’s letter to the editor, I thought to myself, “OK, I’ll bite.” I get that Fox News can be negative. I get that many conservative publications can be negative. I get that a positive attitude is a good thing. I also get that realism is essential for looking straight at and tackling our enormous debt crisis.

“Jobless claims have fallen 50 percent in the last 30 months.”

Really? And Mr. Larson, do you not understand that many of the unemployed have quit looking for work or have not been hired due to the fact that they have been unemployed for so long? And the U.S. debt is shrinking! I don’t know where you came up with that but that is exactly what the entire situation entails at its base.

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Allen Simpson from Simpson/Boles Independent Commission stated last week that both sides, not just the Republicans have to compromise. We must all look squarely and realistically at our problems. It would be wonderful to live in La La Land where we all sing and laugh and play, but may I remind you, we live in a place called Earth where there are problems, where we need to have serious people who understand these very serious issues and who can help the rest of us?

We can be both realistic and positive. And we can all understand when we work together we can achieve the best for everyone.


Vicki Pestorious

Albert Lea