Evan Vucci, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, and vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive for a campaign rally, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, in Manchester N.H.

Two articles in a recent Deseret News, "Without compromise, fixing deficit is a fairy tale" by Nathan B. Oman and "Balance the budget" by Hyrum Anderson, lack understanding.

Oman says we have to compromise and raise taxes. It is not that simple. Our nations' spending is too much out of control. Medicare, Medicaid and now Obamacare are runaway programs that need to be addressed. Social Security revenues have been spent.

Anderson says Mitt Romney "promises to cut taxes and raise spending." He wasn't listening if he thought he heard a promise to raise spending. We all ought to be thankful that we have a successful business and government executive in Romney who has chosen a legislative budget expert in Paul Ryan as a running mate.

We have a great opportunity to turn things around. First, cutting taxes and supporting free enterprise will help bring the economy back in gear. This will increase revenues. Then pass a budget — something the present administration and the Senate have failed to do for going on four years. As far as support, that's where we come in as voters. Vote for change. Vote for Romney and Ryan.

Paul N. Kelly