MICHAEL KILDALL, Kennewick
With all due respect, it is time for Sen. Patty Murray to throw away her partisan wedge and work on a budget compromise with Republicans.
It is time to start telling America the truth -- that raising the tax rate on the richest 2 percent from 36 percent to 39.5 percent would only reduce our $16 trillion deficit by $1.1 trillion over 10 years if we didn't add any new spending.
Not enough to make a dent is it? So what's next? Raise the rates to 75 percent or higher? We are a little smarter than that, senator.
America knows this $16 trillion deficit is going to need very tough measures like additional income taxes and more spending cuts, and I don't mean cuts to proposed spending like Sen. Harry Reid does.
When Murray makes comments like, "I won't commit to a budget," or going over the fiscal cliff may be necessary "if Republicans refuse to raise tax rates," that is what infuriates voters.
Our problems are not just Republican problems. They were created during 40 years by irresponsible congressional spending, of which Murray was a party to.
America needs real leadership, not irresponsible partisanship.