Romney and Ryan rely

on voodoo economics

I am an independent, but I tend to lean Democratic. I did think George H. W. Bush was a better choice than Michael Dukakis. Bush was honest enough to admit that cutting taxes without offsetting revenue was voodoo economics because that alone would increase the deficit. That is still true today.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan cannot give specifics on their tax-cut plans because those cuts are not possible without increased revenue. The true fix will require an extreme level of pain - reduced expenditures and reduced entitlements - and more tax on everyone to fill up the hole we have been digging the last five decades.

My parents' generation got us through the Great Depression and World War II, and the U.S. economy was on fire from 1945 to 1965. Maybe that is why they are called the Greatest Generation.

We must all ask ourselves if we have the courage and the stomach to do what must be done to erase the sins of the last 50 years. And guess what? Both parties are responsible. If we all don't wake up and get serious as a nation, this is all just malarkey.

CHARLES CUNLIFFE

Lakewood

Debt threatens

to overwhelm U.S.

The U.S. budget deficit for fiscal year 2012 will be $1.1 trillion. The budget for 2012 was $3.8 trillion, meaning that the nation was forced to borrow approximately 30 cents of every dollar spent in the federal budget.

When Mitt Romney told the moderator of the first debate - who works for the Public Broadcasting System - that he didn't believe the federal government should fund a television network, he added that we have to decide what's important and necessary in our budget before we go to the Chinese to ask them to loan us money. U.S. debt is purchased throughout the world, but the Chinese government and Saudi princes purchase a large share and are instrumental in funding our budgets.

During the summer, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the highest ranking uniformed member of the U.S. military, advised the president that the greatest threat to national security was the national debt. Not the Russian missile force, not the Chinese army or strengthening naval forces, or even al-Qaida - but our own debt. Have we as a people become more threatening to our own existence than all other military threats and forces?

The cost of welfare programs, entitlements and interest on the national debt totals trillions of dollars each year and will increase dramatically over the next two decades. We can't solve this problem by simply growing the economy. Structural changes must be made to all welfare and entitlement programs before their cost overwhelms and collapses our economy.

PETE MEEHAN

Fairfield Township

Biden made the case

for rejecting Obama

Regarding the vice presidential debate:

It was very clear that Vice President Joe Biden had a very tough job trying to defend the indefensible, the abysmal record of President Barack Obama's administration. Biden's bombastic rhetoric only highlighted the many failures and broken promises of the current administration.

I am sure the VP did not intend it, but he made a very compelling case as to why voters should not re-elect Obama in November.

JIMMIE HOLLIS

Millville

Obama supporter

wrong on several points

The writer of the Oct. 10 letter, "Obama, not Romney cares about middle class," says Mitt Romney is hiding money from the Internal Revenue Service by putting money in offshore accounts. Romney does not do his own taxes. He hires an accountant, and any accountant worth his money will use the current tax code, available to all taxpayers, to save his client money. And offshore accounts, which many taxpayers take advantage of, are one of those methods. Romney has paid millions in taxes. He also donates a bigger percentage of his money to charity than any of the candidates.

The letter writer's worst error concerned Obamacare. Obama is taking $716 million out of Medicare to pay for the misnamed Affordable Care Act. It is not affordable at all. Does the writer understand there will be approximately 26 million more people covered by Obamacare? Where is this money coming from? Let me tell you: In addition to the $716 million, it will come out of the pockets of the middle class - me and you. Your health care premiums will rise, and you will find that you cannot keep your own insurance plan, as Obama promised. In addition, there will not be enough doctors to handle the millions of new people covered. This will result in long waits to see a doctor.

Please get your facts straight before you write praising Obama. God help us if he is re-elected.

DOLORES A. NARDUCCI

Brigantine

LoBiondo clings

to outdated GOP ideas

Where is the outrage over Rep. Frank LoBiondo's shameful voting record against women?

He voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and he also voted against the equal pay in the workplace bill, which failed because of votes such as his.

It is time for LoBiondo to live in the 21st century and vote on behalf of his constituents and not continue to adhere to the outdated, old ideas of the Republican members of Congress.

We need a change to someone who truly represents us in today's world, not someone who has gotten by these many years by providing sand for the beaches and showing up at barbecues and parades.

SARAH PORTMAN

Brigantine