Regarding the Jan. 3 front-page story “Boehner takes heat from GOP for pulling bill on Sandy relief”:

The outcry from New York and New Jersey politicians over a lack of a vote on $60 billion in aid for Hurricane Sandy relief demonstrates why this country has a fiscal problem. We expect the federal government to freely spend money that it does not have when it is for a “good” cause.

It appears that the “fiscal cliff” has not made clear to some that the federal government should view itself as broke, as for too long it has been spending more than it receives in taxes.

I am a registered Democrat but a fiscal conservative. To see Democrats and Republicans alike advocating to increase the debt because doing so would provide “relief” to their constituents tells me there is no hope for any long-term resolution of the fiscal mess.

Bill McDermott, Silver Spring