Record spending is sending us over the cliff

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I read with interest the Dec. 7 letter "It's Time For Republicans to Step Up" by Robert E. McGuire. He apparently feels that if Republicans would relent and permit the top 2 percent of income earners to be taxed at a higher rate, the nation's concern for "going over the cliff" would subside.

I wish it were that simple. Over the last decade, federal tax rates have remained steady while spending has doubled. The spending has resulted in trillion-dollar deficits. The entitlement programs are unsustainable, threatening even larger deficits.

All of this at a time when the last four years have brought about record foreclosures, record bankruptcies, $4 a gallon gasoline, 8 percent unemployment and one-seventh of the nation's population on food stamps.

The true liberal agenda may have been revealed on Dec. 6 when former Democratic National Chairman Howard Dean delivered a bracing blast of leftist honesty on MSNBC, when he declared, "This is going to seem like heresy from a progressive but the truth is everybody needs to pay more taxes, not just the rich." Middle class, you have been warned!

Increasing revenue to a far-reaching federal government in the absence of substantial reductions in spending is a fool's game that discourages job creators, investors and the drivers of a strident economy. Demanding less gives little hope to those who wish to participate in the dream.

DAVE DONATO
McKeesport


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