READER RESPONSE: HOW SHOULD NH’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION VOTE ON DEBT DEAL?
The debt deal brought smiles to the faces of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday night and it appears that Asian markets are breathing a sigh of relief. But
But it looks like most Americans are pretty “blah” about the deal. And true believers on the Left and the Right in Congress say they will vote against it. “Someone has to say no, I will,” said Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
We want to hear from our readers: How should New Hampshire’s federal delegation vote on the debt limit deal? To date, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen and Republicans Kelly Ayotte, Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta have been quiet about the deal struck on Sunday. So drop us a line and we’ll publish the responses later today (as always, anonymity guaranteed): Shawn.firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Sen. Ayotte doesn’t sound sold:
NH Journal readers display an overwhelming frustration with the recent debt debates. Hear what they had to say:
“Democrats still get to spend all the Social Security money we send them unabated.” – Bob in Salem
“The debt deal shows the power of the people when they get engaged. The Tea Party, started by comments of Chicago reporter Rick Santelli on the cable channel CNBC, brought to the front of many peoples’ minds the out of control spending of Washington. The trigger was Obamacare, a giant spending program on top of all the existing unsupportable spending programs. The resulting political consciousness moved people like myself to work for candidates on the state and national level who believed in reversing this spending momentum. Though this deal does not get at the real culprits such as Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare it helps push us in a new direction.” – Tom in Rye
“Shame on all of them. They are there to serve the interests of the country, not their political party. Raise the ceiling, cut expenses, increase revenue. It’s a pretty simple concept.” – Val in Jeffery
“Listen closely; can you hear the can being kicked down the road again? What a bunch of wasted time and effort. This thing is so no going to work. What exactly does an “immediate 1 Trillion dollar cut” that takes 10 years to do mean? This isn’t a solution it is smoke and mirrors. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for supporting joke.” – Rick
“Weak-raising the debt to 16 plus trillion and cutting less then 1 trillion over 10 years and not addressing any real changes to our bankrupt social programs or our failed military policies is pathetic.” – Tom
“Stop focusing on the downgrade, enough of “no” and get in the game to help the American people. My 401k just recovered from the last economic downturn, and what you put the working class through last week by creating a volatile stock market is just unforgiveable and unforgettable! I have a house on the market that cannot compete with foreclosed properties, and at the end of the day I have to listen to politicians who are representing their own agenda. I have never been so disenfranchised with the House! Would someone please use their brain.”
“I’m not sure if my opinion counts with our congressional delegation. I am totally convinced that each one will do what is best for their own personal financial needs.
The rich will keep their very special tax loopholes. The poor and middle class will foot the bulk of the “agreement”. Social security, a program that all workers pay into, will face cuts. This is our money, we payed into it but they are calling it an “entitlement” program. Medicare will be cut as will Medicaid for which many poor, elderly and disabled depend on, some for their very lives. I also expect that my military retired pay will be cut, as will my medical benefits. The outlook for future generations of military folks will undergo more cuts.” – Pete
“I favor making a deal to end this stupid stalemate. Thank you, Frank, Kelley & Jeanne.” –Nelson from Merrimack
“There is still nothing meaningful in the proposed legislation. The can is again being kicked down the road. The debt limit is being raised, and most budget cuts will be circumvented with accounting gimmicks and new spending legislation. Nothing will have changed.” – John in Portsmouth
“Please quit the posturing and get the deal done. The delay is doing great damage to the stock market and everyone’s retirement.” – Mike
“The cuts are not as deep as they should be; looks like smoke and mirrors to Me.” -Anonymous
“We had to have an agreement. However, I am not happy with the whole process as the extreme right and tea-partiers held a gun to America’s head to get their demands met. In the current economy, the last thing we need is to cut spending. It will only hurt the economy more. I agree with the President that we needed a more balanced agreement with some increased revenue through closing loop-holes.” – Gregg
“Myself and a lot of level headed people in the 1st Congressional District sent Frank Guinta to Washington, DC to not only hold the line on spending BUT to CUT spending. In trying to give him the benefit of the doubt I’m thinking maybe something was lost when he joined that den of thieves in WASHDC. He’ll be in our area soon and should be set straight. As for Kelly, I think she’s already started liking Washington too much.” – Dave from Gonic
“I don’t see a deal yet. There must be a law and that law must be passed by House and Senate and signed by President. It’s not going to happen unless the Repubicans give up way too much.
If this country is to survive and prosper, we are going to have to fight “big government” for the next ‘forever’. We must cut Medicare (I have it), social security (I have it), medicaid (I don’t have it yet!), and Obamacare.
WE CANNOT RAISE TAXES AND WE CANNOT GUT THE MILITARY.
Wake up America !!” – Rink from Venice FL
“This deal is an embarrassment to the U.S. but something has to be done. The right wing of the Republican Party has held the country hostage. They would have had a better deal if they had taken the Obama/Boehner over a week ago. Their intransigence to any revenue increases (tax reform) will hopefully be their Achilles heel. Anyone who thought the solution to our debt problem was to not raise the debt ceiling is crazy. Hopefully they will pay the deserved penalty for delaying a deal on the debt ceiling and counting so heavily on expense reductions with our extremely fragile economy. We know who to blame for the next few rounds of dismal employment statistics.” – Susan from Manchester NH
“Every member of the N.H. delegation should vote for the compromise–not on a party basis but on a intelligent compromise basis –the only way to go.As a lifelong Republican who always votes,though not always a straight ticket,I and many others will be watching the votes.” – Kimon from Manchester
“Has the American Experiment failed? After all these years, the novel attempt to have government of, by, and for the people looks instead like another aristocracy-run government. The average citizen compromises, the wealthiest get a free ride. Government appears to work quite nicely for them. A very sad day for America. I hope the NH delegation joins VT’s Bernie Sanders in voting no. Let the president do what Reagan did nine times: just raise the debt ceiling.” – Burt from New Castle
“I’m pleased that Congress has finally gotten off their bottoms and done something instead of just saying terrible things about each other. As I reiterated in a phone message to Senator Ayotte and to Rep. Charlie Bass the other day, it appears as though the majority of Congress forgot or never learned in their civic lessons in school the art of politics. The art of politics is compromise–you give a little and receive a little. Congress should be required to read how Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil managed to accomplish to work together. I believe also that Congress has truly forgotten about the middle class that is getting poorer and the poor are slipping into poverty, yet the wealthy are getting wealthier. There is something wrong with that. The wealthiest and big businesses are not really creating jobs–they are sitting on their money or sending jobs overseas. The small businesses create jobs, and generally they are not the wealthiest. It is very nice that members of Congress pay less or perhaps nothing for their gas, health coverage, great retirement packages. I believe Congress has lost its way, and I hope they can find it.” – Lois
“They should all vote YES.” – Marilynn