Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JULY 06, 2011 7:20 AM

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Debt-ceiling fight exemplifies partisan hypocrisy

President Obama is trying to figure out how to persuade Republicans to raise the national debt limit, so as to avoid defaulting on the U.S. debt. I have a suggestion: Obama could switch parties and become a Republican.

When Republicans are in the White House, the national debt ceiling is not an issue. It’s all borrow and spend like there’s no tomorrow.

When George W. Bush was president, we went from a surplus to a massively compounded debt. Under Bush, Republicans voted seven times to raise the debt ceiling. Then-Vice President Cheney said, “Reagan taught us that deficits don’t matter.”

So, the way I see it, if Obama becomes a Republican, we won’t have any problem raising the national debt limit. Republicans only oppose debt when Democrats are in power.

Marc Perkel
Gilroy, Calif.

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