I am ready to vote for a presidential candidate who promises to raise taxes and reduce benefits. With our nation’s debt nearing $15 trillion, it is time to realize that there really isn’t plenty of everything, especially money.

To the editor:

I am ready to vote for a presidential candidate who promises to raise taxes and reduce benefits. With our nation’s debt nearing $15 trillion, it is time to realize that there really isn’t plenty of everything, especially money.

On my first day of grade school our (male) principal took us into the boys restroom and showed us how to dry our hands with just one paper towel. A few years later, our junior high team was limited to one basketball – not one per player, one for the whole team. We usually had just one baseball and used it until we literally knocked off its cover. Then we wrapped it with black tape and used it until one of us could come up with a new and better one. I can still recall how surprised I was at the Chicago Cubs game when a foul ball hit into the stands didn’t have to be returned to the field.

It may have been right to spend our way out of the Depression of the ’30s, but we are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to spend our way out of our current recession. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal eventually solved a problem, but it may have lulled us into an attitude that gluttony is a sustainable way of life. In my opinion, we need fewer all-you-can-eat restaurants and more food pantries.

My grandfather said he always voted for the party in office because “they already have their pockets half full.” Even as a youngster I thought that was foolish. But if Barack Obama is re-elected in 2012, he will be in a position, since he won’t have to campaign again, to really do something about benefits, taxes and tackling our staggering national debt.