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ECONOMY: Republicans have shown irresponsibility

Letter by Randall K. Hiner, Vashon on Dec. 27, 2012 at 4:32 pm with No Comments »
December 28, 2012 10:42 am

Re: “TNT criticizes the responsible side” (letter, 12-27).

The letter writer admonishes The News Tribune editorial board for calling upon the U.S. House to join the government (editorial, 12-26). He then goes on to explain how responsible the Republicans’ approach is and how the Democrats just want to “soak the rich.”

This is nonsense. The rich are hardly being “soaked” when their last presidential candidate paid a 13.9 percent tax rate on $20 million of income.

Was it responsible for the last Republican administration to give two tax breaks at the same time we entered two wars? That has never been done in U.S. history; usually taxes go up in time of war for good reason.

Was it responsible for the last Republican administration to pass Medicare Part D while prohibiting the government from negotiating prices? Seems more like a good way to “soak the taxpayer.” Eliminating that restriction alone would save $160 billion over 10 years.

The federal Office of Management and Budget recently published a report stating that 82 percent of the federal deficit was spent by three different Republican administrations. I don’t know where the letter writer gets his “news,” but I have a pretty good idea. He should focus his efforts on obtaining some facts before penning short letters “chock full of nonsense.”

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