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DEBT: Republicans set stage for confrontation

Letter by Larry P. Hill, Olympia on May 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | 261 Comments »
May 18, 2012 2:31 pm

With the debt ceiling deadline looming, Republicans (both brands) in Congress are setting the stage to put another mark against our nation’s creditworthiness with their political gamesmanship.

Luckily for the GOP, it has a base of voters spoiling for this fight, due to their ignorance on the issue. This has nothing to do with anything but bellying up to the bar and paying our tab for debts already created. All of this political posturing does nothing but smear the good name of the United States, as we already witnessed, and secures points with voters that the Republicans would have already had.

The old saying is that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If Congress really wants to lower the debt, do so with a 50 percent reduction in defense spending, which should still position the U.S. as the largest defense spender in the world. Meanwhile, pay for the toys we already bought.

Don’t taint the good name of the United States for the sake of posturing for voters who are a shoe-in come November. The rest of us care about our collective appearance in financial circles.

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