House Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) is my elected official in the House of Representatives. I recently asked you to write your congress representatives to support raising our debt ceiling for a variety of reasons. Here is my letter. Feel free to use part of it or all of it when emailing your Representative regarding this issue.
I am writing today regarding the current Washington debate over our national debt ceiling.
Like all off my friends and family, I am incredibly concerned by the childish behavior I have seen demonstrated by the Republican party regarding the debt ceiling. It appears that the party has become so obsessed with defeating Barack Obama that they have forgotten you were elected.
You were elected to make life better for American citizens.
Even Regan said that it would be irresponsible for congress to vote against raising the debt ceiling. I do not understand why the Republican party has become so hard line about protecting the top 2% from tax increases while the livelihoods of those 2% and the 98% of the rest of us hang in the balance.
I agree that the budget needs to be balanced, but it needs to be done so responsibly. A knee jerk reaction like defaulting on US debt obligations would cost at least $500 billion (just from lowering of US credit rating).
I know that you acted responsibly and helped the state of Colorado work through difficult situations as state treasurer. I believe that you, and at least 40-50 Republican House Representatives, are intelligent enough and understand the economy enough to protect us from irreparable harm.
Please vote to raise the debt ceiling today and put my fears, and the world's fears, to rest.
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