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The fiscal 2013 debt service for the 12 months ending Sept. 30 will be somewhere around $420 billion. (Per the Bureau of Fiscal Service, the actual figure of 11 months through August was just under $396 billion.) IRS revenues for the calendar 2012 tax year will probably be around $2.3 trillion.
Now, I’m not the smartest guy in the room, but it looks like the United States can pay the interest on the debt.
Let’s not continue to frighten everyone, Mr. President (just like you did last week, scaring Grandma about her Social Security check). Let’s be truthful.
NEIL F. ANDERSON, Richfield
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The Oct. 9 headline “Obama to GOP: Lift threat; Boehner says no surrender” should have read: “GOP submits multiple funding bills; Obama says I will not negotiate.”
The Star Tribune’s bias is so blatant.
PAT FADGEN, Rogers
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If Russia demanded that the United States return Alaska or it will drop bombs on our major cities, the headline would not read “Putin and Obama unable to reach compromise on Alaska issue.” However, the media, in an obsessive desire to avoid any appearance of bias, characterize the root cause of the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis as the inability of Obama and House Speaker John Boehner to negotiate a compromise on defunding the Affordable Care Act. This act is not some preliminary bill under discussion in Congress; it is law, vetted by every branch of the federal government — legislative, executive, and judicial. If a party disapproves, the Constitution offers a solution: Elect a Congress and a president who will pass and sign a bill more to your liking. The correct phrase for attempting to undo the official law of the land using the threat of fiscal chaos is “Republican blackmail.”
G. MICHAEL SCHNEIDER, Minneapolis
… but know that others may be feeling it more
I went to a Vietnam vet’s funeral on Tuesday — he died at 64, ultimately from the effects of Agent Orange. Chuck Lambert was the hardworking, honorable rock of the family. The family held off on the funeral for more than a week, trying to arrange a burial with military honors. Because of the shutdown, it was not to be. The family’s grief was immeasurably amplified because they couldn’t give this wonderful man — who gave his life for his country — a proper, fitting, and well-earned farewell.
JEAN HANVIK, Burnsville
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