- The Washington Times - Friday, March 18, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

While the Republicans propose substantial tax cuts in the discretionary-spending portion of the budget, the Democrats demagogue the spending cuts as dangerously cutting programs for the sick, elderly and poor (“Hill extends temporary funding, OKs a vacation,” Politics, Friday).

From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2010, federal spending on projects increased roughly 25 percent. Such a dramatic enlargement of the budget deficit borders on criminal. There was no actual money for the enlargement, and now Republicans are being vilified for trying to go back to the point at which the Democrats, ignoring all financial reality, began substantially to overspend taxpayer money.

How can we be blaming those who are showing us all the irresponsible actions and promises that have been created over the past two years? The reality is that during that time, the Democrats made outrageous promises to the sick, elderly and poor that they had no hope of being able to carry out.

The blame for our current crisis rests squarely upon the tax-and-spend liberals, not the people who are trying to actualize fiscal responsibility by cutting back to previous, more reasonable spending levels. The politicians who enacted reckless legislation with money that was not theirs should be held accountable to the fullest extent.

ALAN J. DLUGASH

New York City

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