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Letter: Blaming Democrats regardless of the facts

To the Editor:

Reading Bob Ziller's letter last week gave me a vision of what it must be like to be an old Republican drinking prune juice and muttering politics to his baloney sandwich while listening to Rush Limbaugh.

After telling us about 401(k)s, declaring banks "peachy" and encouraging us to buy gold, Ziller ended his letter blaming it all on the Democrats and telling us how unfortunate it is that his children and grandchildren "get to pay the interest and principle on Obama's massive spending."

Of course, Ziller was talking about Obama's recently passed $3.6 trillion budget for 2010 and his continuation of the economic bailout start by President Bush. Typical of today's Republicans, Ziller didn't even mention that a year ago Bush was trying to get Congress to pass his own $3.1 trillion budget for 2009.

In 2001, Bush came into office with the national debt at $5.7 trillion and left office with the national debt at $10.6 trillion. In 2007, after assuring us that "This is far and away the strongest global economy I've seen in my business lifetime," the same "fiscally conservative" Bush said we'd have a budget surplus in 2011.

Ziller actually sounded like Ronald Reagan who once said, "The fact is, we'll never build a lasting economic recovery by going deeper into debt at a faster rate than we ever have before. It took this nation 166 years until the middle of World War II to finally accumulate a debt of $95 billion. It took this administration just the last 12 months to add $95 billion to the debt. And this (the Carter) administration has run up almost one-fourth of the total national debt in just these short 19 months."

Reagan said that in 1976. In his eight years in office (1981-1989), the national debt rose even faster, going from $1 trillion to $4 trillion.

The fact is our nation has had a national debt since the start. Future generations have always been saddle with paying the interest and principle of our national debt - regardless of the party in power. Republicans are all about keeping the traditions of the "good old days" and it looks like they've been doing their part to keep this tradition alive.

Alas, old Republicans like Ziller never give up. They might switch from Kool-Aid to prune juice, but they will always blame everything bad on the Democrats regardless of the facts.

James P. Nelson

New Richmond