Obama's agenda

is to diminish U.S.

Once again President Barack Obama and Congress are supposedly negotiating to avoid plunging the country off the so-called fiscal cliff.

A while back, a deal was about to be announced that would have addressed this matter. The president added a new demand at the last minute. He knew it was a deal-breaker. An impasse ensued and all agreed to kick the can down the road until Jan. 1, 2013, when, if no agreement was reached, tax rates would rise and sequestration would take effect. Most agree this would be disastrous. It's meaningful to note that the sequestration idea came from the White House. Unfortunately, the Republicans took the bait.

I don't agree with pundits who say a compromise will be reached. They assume both sides fear going over the cliff. I don't believe Obama fears the cliff at all. His agenda all along has been to diminish America, and what better way to accomplish that objective than to ruin us economically, while at the same time chopping the legs out from under our military, and blaming everything on Congress?

I believe Congress should negotiate in good faith up to the last minute, and then, when it's clear the president will not compromise, let him have it totally his way - taxing the top 2 percent with no spending cuts in return. Either way, it will be a disaster, but let it be one that's clearly of his own doing.

Obama said in 2008 that he would "fundamentally transform America." He is succeeding in transforming us from the greatest nation on Earth to a debtor nation with a welfare-state mentality. Wake up, America. It is almost too late.

LARRY PACENTRILLI

Ventnor

President should stay

at his desk, working

We are about to go over the fiscal cliff, but our president is nowhere to be found.

President Barack Obama says he misses campaigning and likes to be out with the American people. Would it be too much to ask him to spend some time behind his desk?

I don't believe he even wants to solve this problem. That is why he refuses to cut spending. He wants the Republicans to take the fall.

He needn't worry. He fixed it so no other party can ever win again. There is no way you can promise all the free giveaways that he has and remain solvent.

It was pretty obvious that people are more concerned with their free contraceptives, abortions and cheap student loans than they are about the national debt. Obama won - not fair and square, but he won. He was not the best person for the job, but I had hopes that he was going to change his ways. Didn't take long to see that he isn't.

MARILYN AARON

Vineland

Looking for cuts?

Start with the wealthy

I can't help but wonder where House Speaker John Boehner took his poll that showed most Americans prefer spending cuts as over tax increases.

He certainly did not poll seniors who are worried about Medicare cuts or the people who rely on Medicaid. His poll must have been limited to people who have incomes of more than $250,000.

He could start cuts by eliminating Medicare benefits for those earning $250,000 or more. Do they really need Medicare? And how much would that save?

While he is at it, he could also cut some benefits from his fellow lawmakers.

RUTH BANDOROFF

Egg Harbor Township