President has mired our nation in debt

In your editorial "Congratulations! You're rich!" (March 19) you argue against a tax increase for the rich. However, you do not state how this country is going to pay for the enormous debt that was created by President Bush and his merry band of ultraconservative Republicans.

The Democrats have been labeled as the tax-and-spend party, but correct me if I'm wrong -- the Republicans have been in charge of the House, the Senate and the White House until one year and almost three months ago. We Americans were told the Iraq War would be paid for by their oil. It didn't happen; not only are we paying for a war with borrowed money from China, we also are paying for Bush's war at the pumps, and our economy is in the gutter whether Bush will admit or not.

I suppose that you and your ultraconservative Republican followers will do as you have always done and blame Bill Clinton, and keep praising Ronald Reagan. When Clinton was in office, gas was 99 cents a gallon, and we had a large surplus and a balanced budget. I am still waiting for the Reagan trickle-down theory to trickle down to me.

I will agree that the Democrats do not seem to have the answer, but raising taxes on the rich is the only way out of the debacle Bush has gotten us in. Corporate America and its rich CEOs have enjoyed their tax breaks long enough while the middle class has paid the piper. It time for the CEOs to step up to the plate and pay their fair share, and stop shipping American jobs overseas.

Allen Glover, Augusta

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