To The Editor:
This is not a fictional story but a real-life story that affects all of us. The two cities are Democratic Washington D.C. and Republican Washington D.C. When will the twain ever meet? This impasse is cruelly hurting the United States every single day.
Any time the extreme radical elements take over their respective party, disaster follows as sure as night follows day. Cooler moderates must prevail. People in their frustration are on the wrong path. Moderates of both parties must support legislation that will move our country forward. There is no shortcut to bail us out of this recession.
In the next year, America must go forward with the jobs agenda. We have come along a road that has many Americans suffering greatly. We have to turn the economy around to emerge from this recession, which some have called a depression.
Jobs are usually the last to recover in a recession or depression. This is not good for those who no longer have a job and are in desperate need of a paycheck.
President Barack Obama is president to January 2013. Until then give him the tools to do his job putting America back to work. Should he fail and America cannot afford the consequences of failure, a new president will be elected on November 6, 2012.
Jobs reduce the deficit because people with paychecks pay taxes instead of collecting government unemployment checks. People spend most of their paychecks, and this circulating money creates income for other people, who in turn pay taxes and spend money. All local businesses benefit from this expanded spending. Prosperous businesses expand and provide jobs.
Job creation reduces the deficit, as people pay taxes and their spending boosts business revenues. No hardships of cut, cap and balance. Government income rises when more people pay taxes.
Where do the cost cutting, benefit reducing extremists come from? Certainly not from economists. They come from ideologues determined to slice and dice government to fit their ideology whether it is good for the country or not.
The answer simple put is be an American first and a Republican or a Democrat second. No exceptions for pet projects. Bring back America's manufacturing. Practice "Fair Trade" not "Free Trade." Fair taxes for all. Support the President's jobs program.
We the people must take on a roll in this impasse by contacting our Florida legislators. Call them, e-mail them, and write letters to them and to your local papers. Contact U.S. Rep. Connie Mack at (329) 573-5837, U. S. Sen. Bill Nelson at (239) 334-7760, and State Sen. Marco Rubio at (202) 224-3044.