• Honor commitments
    October 17,2013

    Honor commitments

    Congress should own up to its own actions.

    The debt Congress is talking about is that incurred by Congress for goods and services it has already authorized. Nonpayment of that debt puts the integrity of our nation at risk — our America where once we were proud that a handshake could guarantee our word.

    Congressional worry about breaking the “debt ceiling” should have concerned them when they themselves authorized the expenses that did so. Changing, adding or subtracting funds for the future takes place when legislators craft the next budget, not the one to which they have already committed. Even contemplation of such action erodes confidence in our government, at home and abroad.

    More than 2,000 years ago Cicero wrote, “For the finest possible guarantee of a country’s security is sound credit, and once you cease to regard the repayment of debts as mandatory, soundness of credit is no more.”

    Margery S. Walker


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