Breck England seems to be in a state of denial when it comes to the looming federal debt crisis ("Federal debt," March 19). Those who choose to ignore our government's monstrous debt are happy to let President Obama fiddle while Rome burns.

Our national debt is not, as England suggests, equal to one year of our income. At nearly $17 trillion, the debt is eight times what the government brings in, and unlike a mortgage, there is no repayment schedule. In fact, the government is now spending 50 percent more than it collects in taxes every year.

Obama's latest budget goals will increase the national debt to $20 trillion in 10 years. Denying we have a spending problem is like an addict denying he has a drug problem.

Jennifer Beckstrand