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DEBT: Democrats cleaning up Republican mess

Letter by Mary A. Hall, Bonney Lake on June 21, 2010 at 11:31 am | 52 Comments »
June 22, 2010 9:04 am

Re: “Dems taking country the wrong way” (letter, 6-19).

George W. Bush inherited a $5.7 trillion debt and increased it by 86 percent to $10.6 trillion, claiming tax cuts for the rich and deregulation would result in growth.

Bush claimed his attack on Iraq would be paid with oil revenues. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were never in the budget and were funded with supplemental appropriation bills. The cost of both wars is now in the budget and that is a big reason the national debt increased.

Obama spent money to save our economy and help the unemployed created by the Great Republican Recession. He has lowered taxes for the majority of taxpayers to stimulate spending and help create jobs (290,000 in April).

The important question is: What do Republicans have to show for their $5 trillion spending spree and deregulation-a-thon? All I see are richer rich people, more poor people, a broken economy, a destroyed Gulf of Mexico, a lot of shattered lives and unnecessary deaths due to their wars of choice and laissez-faire policies toward corporations. To vote them back in power is foolish and reckless.

The Democrats are trying to clean up the Republicans’ messes, but every effort has been blocked. The Republicans declared a record number of filibusters and are holding up 177 nominations.

We desperately need change and the only way to do that is by electing more and better Democrats, not Republicans.

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