I totally disagree with Richard L. Ottenheimer's comments that Republicans are trying to blow up the economy ("Chickenomics: A winning GOP strategy?" Jan. 22). It's not a Republican or Democratic thing, it's an American thing, or just smart economics.
At what point do we catch up with Greece? We are $17 trillion in debt and heading toward $20 trillion at this rate. How could any one even think of raising the debt ceiling, which would be insane. What part of "going broke" don't they understand?
This is our fault. We send our politicians off to the state and federal governments with no guidelines or accountability. This must change immediately. It must be ingrained in our elected officials and appointees that they must manage with a keen eye to our financial responsibilities by cutting out all waste and fraud.
No one below a president, vice president or governor should have a chauffeur. All political appointees should reduce their office staff to only necessary personnel.
And do we really need 44 four-star generals? Cut foreign aid and farm subsidies, Post Office hours and deliveries and make food stamps and subsidies available only to the most needy.
In other words reduce, all expenses to the bone, with the exception of school budgets, police and firefighters, Social Security and Medicare (but streamlined to avoid waste and fraud).
This is the only way to manage our financial obligations prudently without having a major impact on our quality of life.
Ray Kozdras, Pasadena