God, nonbelievers and fox penning in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Cut the posturing; compromise
By prioritizing their pledge to Grover Norquist before their oath of office, our congressmen will stall the American recovery. Whether or not they are satisfied with Virginia’s 5.9percent unemployment rate and the general fund surplus Virginia claimed in 2011, on Jan.1 jobless claims will skyrocket and Virginia can count on dealing with an unprecedented deficit next year.
Delaying a decision leaves the future of more than 178,000 of Virginia’s federal employees, more federal contractors, their families, small businesses and vets in the lurch. Simultaneously, those of us who still have jobs face an Alternative Minimum Tax impact of $3,700.
Didn’t Congress learn anything the last time it played chicken with deadlines that impact the entire economy? Markets plummet, the dollar falls, our credit rating downgrades, retirement savings wither and spending slows every day this political posturing drags on.
There is no path to avoiding a second recession or mitigating the debt that does not include compromise on tax increases and closing loopholes. The math proves it. If congressmen want to see bad retail sales numbers, they will leave the future of these jobs uncertain. They should go do their jobs, and not come home until they compromise.