Message from Todd Rokita

Rep. Todd Rokita

Rep. Todd Rokita (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Message from Todd Rokita, Congressman from Indiana‘s fourth district. He believes that we will not default even if the debt ceiling is not raised. It is thinking like this on the part of the TEA Party GOP that is causing the present disaster in Washington, DC.

“As you probably know, the United States is rapidly approaching its borrowing limit.  There has been a lot of talk in the media that the sky is falling and the United States will default unless we raise the debt ceiling, borrow billions more from China and others, and leave the tab for our children and grandchildren.

“This is not true.  According to estimates from the Department of Treasury, the Congressional Budget Office, and the Bipartisan Policy Center, the truth is that the federal government makes somewhere in the neighborhood of $18 and $20 billion dollars in interest payments to our creditors every month.    The federal government takes in around $200 billion in revenue every month.   Given this cash flow, the United States will not default on its creditors.   What we cannot afford to do is continue to spend money we do not have.

“The credit rating agency Moody’s—one of the agencies that rates the creditworthiness of the United States and other governments—said recently that, “We believe the government would continue to pay interest and principal on its debt  even if the debt limit is not raised, leaving its creditworthiness intact.” 

“Failing to raise the debt ceiling would lead to sudden spending cuts and economic disruption.  I am opposed to balancing our budget in such a sudden and thoughtless way.  But continuing to pile debt on to the $17 trillion we already owe is dangerous and will lead to the same potential for economic upheaval as we have seen in nations like Greece.”

If the US follows Greece’s lead, it will because Todd Rokita’s brand of politics gets us there.

Gun violence, Chicago-style

Chicago Skyline 2008

Chicago Skyline 2008 (Photo credit: TomC)

Chicago has strict gun control laws that are not preventing 500+ homicides per year. Critics of gun control laws use Chicago’s experience to argue that strict gun control laws don’t work. That is total BS. Chicago is the transportation hub of the nation and is adjacent or close to three other states, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. Guns are brought into Chicago from outside the city limits, either from other cities in Illinois or from out-of-state.

I grew up in Chicago and moved to California in 1965. I am not up to date on the current situation, but this is what I know and what I think I know. Chicago is one of the most racially segregated cities in America. Most of the homicides that make up the 500+ annual figure are crimes committed on blacks by blacks, and many whites in the Chicago area don’t really care. If the homicides were blacks killing whites or whites killing whites, there would be much more support for strict gun control laws within the state and across state lines covering the entire metropolitan area. That and only that would be a true test of how well strict gun control laws really work.

60% to 40%

Official photo of Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN).

Official photo of Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

60% to 40% is usually considered a landslide victory in an election. Richard Lugar in Indiana lost 40% to 60% and gay marriage was voted down in North Carolina by a similar margin. However, in primary elections usually the turnout is less. Therefore, a 60-40 victory in a primary may be meaningless in a general election when the voter turnout is greater.

For example, when I attended a caucus here in Utah, only 15% of the eligible voters were there. A 60-40 split of those 15% voters would have been 9% to 6%. Not truly representative of the voting public as a whole.