- The Washington Times - Friday, June 24, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

With all the arguments about whether the deficit should be covered with spending cuts, higher taxes or a combination of both, a key element that got us here is overlooked (“Taxes take top Republicans out of deficit-paring talks,” Page 1, Friday).

That is the fact that revenue today is the same percentage of the gross domestic product as it has been. It is the spending that has grown enormously, from 20 percent to 25 percent of GDP. How duplicitous is it that now that we’ve ramped up spending, the idea of reducing spending back to normal levels before we talk about other solutions is omitted?

We only hear the Republicans say we don’t want tax increases. While that is noteworthy, it is not as compelling as it would be if we also heard them point out that the only major change has been in spending. We should go back to the fiscal 2008 levels as a starting point and then work from there to reduce the deficit. Why is it that because someone was irresponsible with overspending, we need to increase spending to fix the problem?

ALAN J. DLUGASH

New York

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