Where was the tea party during the Bush years? "Silent as tombstones."



Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

How about an IOU?

Re "GOP revolt derails debt bill in House," July 29, and "Countdown on Debt Crisis," July 29

Dear Congress:

Last year I mismanaged my funds, and this year my family and I cannot decide on a budget.

Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all of our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes.

I'm sure you will understand.

Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow.

Tom Ball

Santa Barbara


How ironic that the most extreme element in American politics is continually referred to as "conservative."

Not since Alice encountered the Mad Hatter and March Hare have we seen such frenetic activity leading nowhere. We are about to run out of clean cups.

Donald Kerns

Garden Grove


What a grand illusion created by the "tea party" members. They seem to be willing to create economic chaos in order to inhibit government spending. Really?

Where were these folks when George W. Bush handed a multimillion-dollar national surplus over to the super-rich? Silent as tombstones.

Where were these folks when Bush gave the nation an unfunded multibillion-dollar prescription drug program? Silent as tombstones.

Where were these folks when Bush commenced a trillion-dollar unfunded war of choice? Silent as tombstones.

Now that the bill for all this unfunded spending has come due, tea party members one and all say: Forget the unemployed, the sick, the lame, the elderly, the vets β€” cut their programs or we will pull the plug on the entire economy.

This small, very loud and very well-financed minority wishes to destroy America as we know it β€”to satisfy a commitment to an extreme and failed ideology.

Frank Ferrone

El Cajon


Re "Boehner is walking a knife's edge," July 28

Rep. Richard Nugent, the freshman Republican from Florida, made the childish statement that if House Speaker John A. Boehner's bill passed, not only would the Republicans win but "the bonus is, the president loses."

Wouldn't it be great if a bill were proposed wherein the American people win β€” and nobody loses?

Mary L. Santoni

Laguna Beach

Sorry, but like many Americans, I'm fighting mad.

What about the millions of Americans struggling to survive? Rep. Nugent, they are the big losers: the people you were elected to represent.

Our debt-ceiling crisis should not be about defeating Obama in 2012. GOP leaders voted to raise the debt ceiling multiple times under President George W. Bush without turning it into a three-ring circus.

Morgan St. James

Marina del Rey