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Republicans put us in debt | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Yesterday I read a handmade election sign which has been up for some time, but which I’ve been trying to ignore. The sign was by the John Koster campaign, naming his Web site at the bottom. John is hoping to unseat Rick Larsen in the November election.

The sign reads, “Rick Larsen’s Legacy, $13 Trillion Debt, Had Enough?”

If Mr. Koster and his campaign staff didn’t have campaign amnesia, they might recall that when George W. Bush stepped into the oval office, the U.S. had a surplus of several trillion dollars.

Thanks to George, Cheney, Rumsfeld and two unfunded wars, we now have a debt of more than $13 trillion, more than $43,000 for every man, woman and child in the U.S. This is what the Republicans handed Obama when he entered the Oval Office.

True, Rick Larsen was in Congress during those years, but the authors of the debt were the above-named Republicans who played hardball with members of Congress who didn’t support their expensive follies.

The democratic process would be well served if voters searched their memories over the past decade and did some independent research. In so doing, signs like this would be relegated to the dustbin of political fiction — where they belong.

Linda Morris

Langley

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