Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.

LETTER: Feenstra's positions advocate government default

  • 0
Letters to the Editor

Rep. Randy Feenstra’s Aug. 17 newsletter urged the federal government to give a handout to pork producers and the same newsletter complains about too much government spending and opposes raising the federal debt ceiling. His July 23 newsletter brags about getting federal spending for mental health and STEM education, but complains “Democrats are turning a blind eye to the fact that American families are paying the price for their socialist spending.”

First, advocating for spending on his friends but opposing spending in general is hypocritical and irresponsible, especially since the federal deficit is largely due to the tax cuts for the rich passed by the Republicans. Second, not raising the debt ceiling is unconstitutional, would put the USA in default on its obligations, and shut down the government. The constitution says “The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, … shall not be questioned.” Debate the deficit during passage of budget and tax bills, not when raising the debt ceiling.

If Mr. Feenstra wants a balanced budget he needs to vote for greatly increasing taxes, and for greatly decreasing government services like the military, disaster relief, aid to state and local governments, crop insurance subsidies, and health care. But he knows these measures would be extremely unpopular. -- Jim Eliason, Storm Lake, Iowa


Catch the latest in Opinion

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

I read the American people are expressing their displeasure with our current national leaders. That is what the polls are for. Vote for change…

THE MINI: We’ve been treated to beautiful warm weather the last few days. We hope you were able to get out and enjoy it, with cooler more typi…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News