- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Emily Miller makes many good points in “Obama’s default drama” (Web, July 13).

I would add that it is telling that if the president is to be believed, of all the proposed obligations that are to be cut starting Aug. 2 in the event of no debt-limit deal, Social Security would be the first thing to get cut. There was no mention of selling vacant federal property or cutting funding to the United Nations, for example. There was no mention of cutting the salaries of elected officials - those responsible for getting us into this mess in the first place and then failing to get us out.

The president clearly believes that pampered diplomats at the United Nations and unused federal land are more important than the financial stability of America’s seniors. In 2012, I think seniors should remember how quick the president was to abandon their interests for those with better political connections.

JAMES SKINNER


Florence, S.C.