In your recent editorial, "Time to lead, Mr. President" (Feb. 19), you write that those who say that Social Security and Medicare have us "barreling toward insolvency" are correct. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans of every age group, however, believe that preserving Social Security and Medicare are more important than reducing deficit.
Should President Obama lead by telling us all that we must eviscerate Social Security and Medicare, or should he lead by telling us we must preserve them both and cut other government expenditures while increasing revenue? The former would resonate with House Republicans and antagonize most Americans. The latter would antagonize House Republicans and resonate with most Americans. I'd continue to antagonize House Republicans.
— Vic Presutti, Dayton, Ohio