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Evanston's Mayor Wants a Debt Ceiling Deal. Do You?

Forty-two Illinois mayors, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, signed a letter calling for Congress to come together on a debt ceiling deal.

A group of 42 Illinois mayors, including Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, want Washington to come to a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

In a group letter, the mayors called on Illinois' Congressional delegation and President Obama to come together on a deal. They said the U.S. defaulting on its debts, as it will do Aug. 2 if the debt ceiling isn't raised, would cause "grave damage" to Illinois cities.

Congress has raised the debt ceiling 10 times over the last decade, according to the National Journal.

In part, the mayors' letter reads:

Our businesses depend on us to provide infrastructure to allow them to move their goods and services. However, we cannot provide all of these on our own; we rely on federal programs such as the Community Development Block Grant, Community Oriented Policing Programs, and Federal Transportation subsidies to help provide these much needed services. Our seniors rely on Social Security to make ends meet. As we listen to the discussion in Washington surrounding the debt ceiling crisis, we fear that all of this is in jeopardy.

The letter can be read in full at Lynn Sweet's blog at the Chicago Sun-Times.

Confused about the debt ceiling debate? Read "The Debt Ceiling, Explained" on the NPR Planet Money blog.

To get more in depth on the debt ceiling, watch "The Debt Ceiling Debacle" video series at Newsbound.com.

Richard Schulte July 30, 2011 at 04:03 PM
"Our businesses depend on us to provide infrastructure to allow them to move their goods and services. However, we cannot provide all of these on our own; we rely on federal programs such as the Community Development Block Grant, Community Oriented Policing Programs, and Federal Transportation subsidies to help provide these much needed services." Let's see here, we send our tax dollars to Washington. Washington takes a handling fee out of our tax dollars (80 percent) and then gives what is left of the money back to the states and local governments via block grants. Wouldn't it make more sense if we eliminated the middle man (Washington). We would have enough money to do projects locally if Washington didn't take all of the money out of our communities in the first place. The statement above is insanity. The Federal Government is just giving local gov't back money that the Feds took from the local communities in the first place. Lower the tax rates that the Feds collect and let local government raise taxes and eliminate Washington's 80 percent handling fee. That would give citizens direct control of how there money was spent and lessen the influence of Congress. Ooops-bad idea. We wouldn't want to lessen the power of those "fat cat" people in Congress would we? You know, the ones who are so much smarter than the rest of us.
Richard Schulte July 30, 2011 at 04:12 PM
"Our seniors rely on Social Security to make ends meet." I thought that the funds for Social Security were in a "lock box". That's what we are told. Well, open that lock box and take some money out of it to pay seniors. (Perhaps they lost the key.) Folks, there is no "lock box". During the Johnson Administration, the funds for social security and the general fund were co-mingled. And then Congress spent all of the social security funds to pay for various schemes. There is plenty of revenue coming in to cover the senior's social security checks. Anyone who says that social security checks won't be issued is simply trying to scare seniors for political purposes. Don't fall for that ruse. In fact, call any politician on it if they try that on you. And while your at it, ask them about the social security "lock box". The US Government is broke. That's what should scare seniors and the rest of us too. It's time to stop the spending and end the "base-line" budgeting scam.

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