In June 12’s “Point and Counterpoint: National Security Threat,” John Rowerdink predicted that his “opinion and that expressed in the companion column … will be very different.” Although Ms. Wells and Mr. Rowerdink did have different (and valid) ideas as to what poses the greatest national security threat to the United States, only Mr. Rowerdink chose to attack the opposite political party throughout his column.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the nation’s debt has hit record heights every year since 2001, meaning the debt increased under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

While blaming only the Obama administration for the increase in our nation’s debt, Mr. Rowerdink conveniently left out any mention of the effect the Trump Administration’s $1.5 trillion tax cut package is having on our debt. The budget office predicts that the tax cuts will increase the deficit by $2.3 trillion over the next decade.

Both Ms. Wells and Mr. Rowerdink made good points in their columns, but Mr. Rowerdink’s argument was less persuasive because he made it political.

Patricia Currie Blume, Pinehurst

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Peyton Cook

It is political because the debt is a product of Federal Budgets that spend more than available revenue. Even though the President offers a budget, it is considered “dead on arrival” by Congress. All spending bill originate in the House. Our problem is not revenue; it is spending. In my opinion the Executive Branch is too large and too costly. There is too much overlap of programs and too much waste. There are too many Cabinets that are unnecessary, such as Education, Labor and Commerce. This is also true of Administration. The current group of Democrats running for President would bankrupt the United States with their proposed policies.

John Rowerdink

Ms. Blume…You seem to be guilty of selective reading. In the same paragraph where I placed blame on the Obama administration for doubling the national debt, I also placed blame on the administration of George W. Bush for doubling it during his two terms. Any reasonable observer of this serious problem knows that both parties are to be blamed for our national debt crisis. Having said that, if you watched the first two Democratic presidential debates this past week, you will see that Democrats are especially guilty. The Democratic candidates offered an unlimited array of free stuff. Free college, college loan forgiveness, $1000/ month to everyone, free health care for illegal immigrants, Medicare for all, the Green New Deal, etc., etc. Finally, regarding the recent Republican-sponsored tax reductions, if you will look at the impact on our budget deficit, you will see that the government’s revenue has remained flat following the tax reductions and the increase in the deficit is entirely due to more spending. I do think the discussion of our national debt is political, and you have demonstrated it.

Peyton Cook

Correct. Revenue is not the problem. Spending is. Congressional members of both parties, but mostly Democrat are responsible. The crop of Democrats running for President are offering programs that will bankrupt the United States. They want to tear up the Constitution and the rule of law and replace them with State Socialism, better known as Communism. This form has only benefitted the Party elite. Everyone else would live in misery. Most of these candidates are members or former members of Congress and have taken an oath to “protect and defend” the Constitution.

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