- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2011

It’s time the federal government stopped punishing taxpayers and looked inward when it comes to cutbacks.

Cut the paid government holidays, for example. If government workers want to close their offices for a holiday, they should do so - but without pay. We also need to stop lending money to other countries, and we must call in the debts other countries owe to us. If we did that, we just might help alleviate the national debt.

Anther idea is to establish a federal sales tax of, say, 2 percent. Then put the revenue solely toward paying down the debt for the next five years. If we did these things, we could see a nice little dent made in our debt. Taxpayers might go for the idea.

DAVID LEWIS

Ocean Shores, Wash.