Disgusted with Congress

The American people are, or should be, thoroughly disgusted with the performance of their representatives in the Congress. Defaulting on the debt averted by the narrowest of margins, postponing the painful decisions needed for future posturing of unyielding, unjustifiable partisan hysteria, calling compromise what is clearly a victory: getting only part of what is wanted, but not giving up anything in return — all of that simply leaves the country with political and economic stagnation.

What is needed is cooperation, not confrontation. The sensible solution involves what few politicians are willing to accept: cuts in expenditures and revenue increases — now, not when a crisis strikes. That is not posturing; it's reality.

We, the American people, are fed up. Where are the leaders who will put country rather than party first? If we throw the bums out, who will replace them?

Edgar R. Chávez, West Chester

DRPA apology doesn't wash away its sins

Delaware River Port Authority Vice Chairmen Jeffrey Nash's apology for the authority's past boondoggles' ("DRPA: We've listened – and we've changed," July 31) reminds me of the idiom: "Closing the barn door after the horse has bolted." Mr. Nash's pledge to earn the public's trust is what we always hear from public agencies and authorities when their misdeeds are revealed.

The DRPA had one primary charge, and that is to provide the commuting public with a safe, efficient transit system at a reasonable cost. Instead the authority became a depository for connected politicians to use for pet projects that would embellish their political careers. Now the DRPA has less money to maintain and upgrade the system and must go on a borrowing spree.

John Miscenich, Delran

Meehan doesn't reflect my views on deficit

I am a constituent of Pat Meehan, and I agee with the July 29th Inquirer editorial asking him to better reflect his district. Many of us in his district are not tea baggers and are in favor of some revenue enhancement in dealing with the deficit.

I strongly support repealing the Bush tax cuts, as well as enacting legislation which would close tax loopholes and subsidies for oil companies, etc. I also support reasonable cuts to the budget but not those which penalize the poor and the old or threaten the safety and health of our nation.

I wonder how the Pennsylvania politicians who signed Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes can justify making a promise to someone out of state who is not familiar with Pennsylvania's people or needs. Seems as if a politician who did so put a non-resident's ideology ahead of the well being of the citizens of our state.

Virginia Strong Newlin, West Chester, vsnewlin@verizon.net