Letter: McCarthy’s debt ceiling offer cannot be called “negotiating”

(Alex Brandon | AP) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., votes for himself during the twelfth round of voting in the House chamber as the House meets for the fourth day to elect a speaker and convene the 118th Congress in Washington, Friday, Jan. 6, 2023.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy wants to negotiate with President Biden on raising the country’s debt ceiling. McCarthy’s offer? “Would you rather the House cut Social Security and Medicare that millions of Americans rely on or wipe out the retirement savings that millions of Americans rely on?”

That’s like your local representative greeting you on the street: “Hello, Connie and Charlie Constituent. Would you rather I shoot your kneecaps or crack your heads with a baseball bat?”

That ain’t negotiating. It’s a threat, no matter how you look at it.

Burgess Owens, Chris Stewart, Blake Moore, John Curtis: Do your jobs. Raise the debt ceiling.

Scott Bell, West Jordan

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