McClintock had it right

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In his letter to the editor (“In search of a credible leader,” Aug. 5), Jim Venneman attacks Congressman Tom McClintock for voting against the bill that, he says, “resolved the debt limit crisis.” When Mr. McClintock opposed this measure last week, he explained his reason very clearly: “It falls far short of the measures … necessary to maintain the Triple-A credit of the United States Government.” How ironic that Mr. Venneman’s attack appeared on the same day that the United States lost its Triple-A credit rating, dramatically vindicating the warnings that Mr. McClintock had vigorously raised. Mr. Venneman is correct that McClintock stood up to the leaders of both parties to oppose the debt deal. He is outrageously wrong when he calls the Congressman an “extremist,” besmirches his patriotism and charges that McClintock would “take the words ‘full faith and credit of the United States,’ throw them to the ground and stomp them into the dirt.” Indeed, in January, Congressman McClintock introduced HR 421, the “Full Faith and Credit Act” precisely to prevent the nation from defaulting on its bonds. He was an original co-sponsor of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” Act and helped draft the House Budget, both of which would have preserved the nation’s Triple-A credit according to Standard and Poor’s. Yet instead of criticizing Senate Democrats who killed both of these bills, Mr. Venneman chose to attack one of the few credible leaders in Washington who earnestly and correctly warned against the deal that cost our nation its “full faith and credit” and who had proposed numerous measures that would have saved it. Igor Birman, chief of staff, Congressman Tom McClintock