I couldn’t agree more with columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. that President Obama “needs an unapologetically large and unified program of economic uplift, including policies on taxes, education, training and infrastructure investment” [“Restoring hope at home,” op-ed, Nov. 19].

This is why all this talk about the deficit and the “fiscal cliff” worries me so. You don’t invest in education and infrastructure by cutting the deficit. You don’t create jobs by cutting the deficit. Focusing too much on the deficit may cause our economy to contract more and end the recovery that Mr. Obama has begun.

Invest where needed, create the jobs and the demand. The economy will grow, and the deficit will take care of itself.

Carol Rice, Baltimore