"I would like to thank WSFA for allowing me to respond to Collin Gaston's editorial of October 11th. Briefly, Mr. Gaston called on the politicians in Washington to compromise on the fiscal issues facing our country and indicated that compromising is one of the things we send politicians to Washington to do. I disagree. These calls for compromise, abundant in the media, eliminate the possibility of someone standing on principle when things have gone so far that they can no longer compromise.
I think our country has moved onto a totally different ballpark where compromise is not possible on some issues. In past years one party might have had a program that they wanted to fund at 1.1 billion dollars. The other party might have said that they thought 900 million dollars was a gracious plenty for the program. Eventually, they would compromise at 1 billion. Today with 17 trillion dollars in debt, 6 trillion added in the last 5 years, and the resulting high unemployment, slow growth and other negative effects, a true statesman should not negotiate or compromise on any increased spending.
He should only be discussing actual cuts to government spending. If that statesman truly believes that the future of the country depends on this, why would you expect him to do otherwise? "
Delivered by: Richard B. Garrett, Attorney
Rushton, Stakely, Johnston & Garrett, P.A.
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