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Letter: Tea party writers get it wrong

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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2011 7:00 am

I can tell when a tea party adherent authors a letter you publish: They always get the facts wrong. Gary Larson (Nov 25, 2011) seems like a typical Kool-Aid drinking member of the tea party. He claims President Barack Obama has increased the national debt by more than $6 trillion dollars in three years while George W. Bush increased it a mere $3 trillion in eight years. These are fictional figures probably regurgitated from a talking head on Fox News or Rush Limbaugh.

The facts are: During his eight years in office Bush II, aided by a Republican House and Senate, increased the national debt by $6.656 trillion dollars, effectively doubling the debt he inherited from Bill Clinton to over $11 trillion. Since Obama has occupied the White House the national debt has increased by $4.3 trillion; it is now approximately $15 trillion This is indeed a sizable amount, but understand that the bulk of this is due to the continued involvement of U.S. forces in two wars, two massive tax cuts favoring the wealthy under Bush II, and drastically reduced tax revenue because of high unemployment due to the recession caused by the failed Republican fiscal policy.

It is also interesting to note that under Bush II federal spending increased more than 4 percent each year of his term, while Obama has overseen a decrease of 2.5 percent.

Facts are interesting, aren't they?

Edward F. Murphy



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