Quote of the Day:
“As I went about with my father, when he collected taxes, I knew that when taxes were laid someone had to work hard to earn the money to pay them.” — Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933), 30th US President
Do you think the federal debt ceiling should be taken seriously, and that Congress should stop raising it? If so, send Congress a letter telling them that. Do this even if you have sent previous letters on this issue.
- You’re permitted to repeat your instructions to your Congressional employees until they follow them
- Your letter will be read by a Congressional staffer
- Your position will be counted and reported up the chain of command
- You letter may even be passed upward as a representative example of what people are thinking.
But NONE of these things will happen if you don’t send a letter. It only takes a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes to gain these benefits, so shouldn’t you be taking this simple action EVERY DAY?
I think so, that’s why I do it every day.
Below is the letter I wrote to Congress this morning using DownsizeDC.org’s campaign that opposes raising the debt ceiling unless a balanced budget amendment is passed at the same time.
You may copy or borrow from what I wrote, if you want . . .
To explain why I don’t want the debt ceiling raised, and why I do want a balanced budget, let me call your attention to a great column by Terrence P. Jeffrey at CNSNews. http://cnsnews.com/news/article/going-broke-treasury-has-only-586b-cash
Here’s a paraphrase of the most important section . . .
- Imagine that you had an average monthly income of about $170 and expenses of about $940, and that you were more than $14,000 in debt.
- Imagine also that you have only $58.60 left in your bank account and $130.50 left on your line of credit.
- Now multiply those numbers by 1 billion and you will have the Federal State’s up-to-date financial situation.
I think that says it all. You’re broke. Stop spending. Don’t raise the debt ceiling. Balance the budget immediately, and pass a balanced budget amendment.
Your letter to Congress will be more powerful if it is joined by others. Do you know people who oppose raising the debt ceiling, and who favor a balanced budget amendment? If so, please ask them to help by using DownsizeDC.org to send a letter to match your letter.
Perry Willis, Vice President