Re "After crisis, budget is next issue" (Page A1, Oct. 18): It should be obvious after the debt ceiling debacle that the very existence of the United States is completely and totally at the mercy of its lenders. At a time of their choosing, the lenders can refuse to lend us more money. This, we are led to believe, would cause the U.S. to default on its debt, reduce our credit rating and devalue our currency. The United States would be all but destroyed as a world player without a single shot being fired.
If wise men were in charge of our nation, it seems to me that they would never allow our nation to be dependent upon other nations' willingness to lend it money for survival. The status quo cannot be allowed to continue. We need to replace the ignorant status quo politicians with wise men who will once again make our nation strong.
-- Frank Marquardt, Sacramento