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Letters: Dismay over the fiscal cliff

Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the

Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the media during a press conference in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC, where he called for delaying the fiscal cliff and extending Bush-era tax cuts until 2013. (Nov. 9, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

As an educated and experienced individual, I am astonished that the voting public re-elected a president who I believe has no clue how to get us out of a fiscal mess, a good part created under his guard ["Unless pols strike deal, LI will feel jolt from fall off the fiscal . . . cliff," News, Nov. 13].

I thought I would be angry at the thought of these results. Instead, I've experienced only great disappointment that a majority of our populace stands satisfied and continues to endorse four years of proven failure.

Many of us senior citizens achieved high-earning status after growing up in the poor areas of Brooklyn, the Bronx or the Lower East Side. We watched our fathers work up to 16 hours a day to feed their families and put a roof over our heads. We followed suit.

Many of us have been working for 50 years, doing whatever it takes to better ourselves and our families. Entitlements were never discussed, and we would have scoffed at them if offered.

It's sad that our children and grandchildren will be curtailed by a government that doesn't honor or reward success.

Marty Orenstein, New Hyde Park

There is no reason to believe that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will do any better with our country's future then they have done in the past. Our problems are too big to be handled by a group that has consistently failed to make headway.

We need a new team of leaders with the courage, vision and compassion to step up, put our country first and put it on a better track. We are only on this fiscal cliff because they could not get the job done before. Why will they get it done now, and at what expense to us?

Allen Schwartz, Dix Hills

Conservatives continue to perpetuate the fiction that reducing taxes and eliminating government regulation and financial reform will induce businesses to hire more personnel. The other myth is that reducing taxes on the wealthy and small businesses will stimulate business activity. This is statistically false.

Having run a multimillion-dollar business for many years, I can attest to just one thing: The only major factor in hiring people to work for you is the demand for your product.

All else is political posturing and has little, if any, connection to reality.

Roy Lawrence, Syosset

At this moment, the fiscal cliff is the most important item challenging the House of Representatives and the Senate. A final resolution is imperative. The future of our economy depends on it.

As in all compromises, every side gives a little and gets a little. What is worrying me is the intransigence of the minority tea party.

The tea party must not hold the Congress hostage. The tail should not wag the dog.

Norman Shainmark, Wantagh