I am the first to admit that I don't fully understand how our economy functions. But I wish our leaders would be more honest and not treat us as uneducated. For several years we have been engaged in a war. To finance the military costs of the war, Congress reduced taxes. And rebuilding what we destroyed in Iraq has caused a shortage of building materials here at home, which has raised the cost of construction in the states. Now our leaders would have us believe the problem is simply an out-of-control subprime mortgage system and that handing out tax rebates as part of an economic stimulus package will make everything right. Where will the money come from to fund the stimulus package? The Social Security trust fund?

Fred Ash