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You Said It: How Disconnected is Washington?

Patch wants to know what you think about the debt ceiling debate in Washington, D.C.

While politicians in Washington, D.C., debate whether to raise the debt ceiling, ordinary citizens will have to deal with the ramifications of their actions—or inactions.

The politicians are trying to reach a debt-limit deal before an Aug. 2 deadline, when the United States could default on some of its debt.

To find out what residents in Michigan think about the talks, Patch asked the members of a knitting group at the in St. Clair Shores and talked to customers in the Village shopping district in Grosse Pointe.

To let us know what you think, please leave a comment below.

Angie Connolly July 14, 2011 at 06:28 PM
Leave the dept ceiling alone. How much more debt do they want this County to have???? The more money they get their hands on the more money they will spend. Just get rid of all the departments that are draining this country dry. Get rid of this intrusive government. WANT MY FREEDOM BACK t
Mike White July 14, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Actually, debt as a portion of GDP is within comfortable levels. This is merely a political game that is being played by each side with so much to gain in next year's elections. They thrive on misinformation and pandering to base fears, fears that elicit such passionate statements like Angie's. Leaving the debt ceiling alone would result in global catastrophe that would benefit no one. But framing it as an "us v. them" argument makes people want things and hold viewpoints they would never have if they knew all the facts. You want your freedom back? Who took it from you? Where did it go? Why do I still have mine? The fact is, the GOP isn't concerned about the national debt at all. They are concerned about defeating Obama, nothing more. Speaker McConnell has said as much. They have offered no solutions to this problem. There are only 2 ways to reduce debt: raise taxes or cut spending. if you take one of those issues off the table like the republicans have, no deal reached is actually a compromise, is it? The ultra liberal Economist discusses the real issues plainly: http://www.economist.com/node/18928600?fsrc=scn%2Ftw%2Fte%2Fmr%2Fshameonthem
Angie Connolly July 14, 2011 at 08:14 PM
The The President and the Democrats have offered no solutions except to raise taxes! Raising taxes in a depression is a catastrophe waiting to happen. The GOP not being concerned about the debt is NOT A FACT. Daily interest on the debt is our loss of freedom in our future. Ask all those out of work for months going into years how much freedom they have in their daily lives. Raising taxes and not cutting spending will continue to erode the work force. its about time you informed your self of the facts that are out there. The Deomcratic compromise is to do only what they put out there. Your ultra liberal Economist are the brian trusts that have put us in the position of deep depression that we are in right now.
Mike White July 14, 2011 at 08:45 PM
The Economist is a conservative, business first publication. I was being sarcastic. You should actually read the article, it was very informative. Senator Mitch McConnell has been quoted as saying he will not make any deal that guarantees Obama's reelection. So,yes, the GOP is focused on the election, as they should be...it's a political party, after all. Taxes were raised during the Great Depression by FDR. In fact, taxes were raised every year until 1945. But we are not in a depression, we are recovering from a recession, which was ushered in by reckless greed of the private sector, and the government's lack of available regulatory authority to rein them in. Spending can be cut, but you cannot simply cut without bringing money in. The Spending was necessary because it is the gear that drives our economy. With the public skittish and not spending any money, the government had to step in and take their place. The democrats only seek to reestablish tax rates that were in place before the Bush presidency and close loopholes that ease the burden on corporations and increase the burden on you an d me. The GOP has shown time and time again that they will stop at nothing to help those that already have the means to help themselves.
Angie Connolly July 15, 2011 at 02:55 AM
What makes Mitch McConnell an Economist, He is a guy that's been around a long time and helped get us in this mess. Mostly with his so called compromising, instead of doing the right thing. FDR kept the depression going a lot longer then it should have by raising taxes instead of letting the economy do its thing. The private sector is what has made this Country work. Not Government! The private sector is where jobs and revenue come from, not Government. Government creates welfare and dependency, and Government jobs, which none of it brings in revenue, only creates dependency on Government. That is what the Democrates and their Socialism has done to this Country. Spending dose not bring in revenue!!! The people with means are the people paying the most of the taxes. They also provide JOBS. 51% OF THE PEOPLE UNDER THIS PRESIDENT DO NOT PAY ANY TAXES. THATS REALLY GOOD FOR REVENUES. By the way, the people don't have the money to spend. Have you noticed the businesses that have gone , closed their doors.

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