President, Congress need to compromise

I am from one of the millions of families that have not been helped by the president’s policies over the last four years.

My income has fallen yearly since I lost my job in 2009. What does my family do when income has been reduced? We don’t run up a huge debt and then seek forgiveness for poor choices. No. We reduce our spending. Is it hard? Absolutely.

Government is no different. I urge the president and Congress to seek a true compromise on taxes and spending that includes specific and meaningful cuts to the budget, not only tax increases.

The American public deserves solutions, not excuses. Both parties and our re-elected president passed sequestration into law. They all share blame if they fail to balance spending and tax revenues without driving the economy into another recession.

Dave Edlund

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