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DON’T BLAME GOP FOR DEFICIT

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I think that I have finally reached my boiling point with the letter from Charles S. Edwards (Forum, Feb. 9) titled "Don't heap the blame on Clinton."

Mr. Edwards placed the responsibility of the national debt and the deficit on the Reagan and Bush administrations. May I remind him that neither Reagan nor Bush had a line-item veto. The Democratic Congress would not give it to them.Congress, not the president, controls the nation's purse strings. Congress proposes and enacts the spending legislation. The deficit and the national debt lie at the feet of Congress, which has been Democratic for over 35 years.

When President Reagan cut taxes and stimulated the economy, tax revenues increased. Instead of applying the increase to the national debt as was intended by the Reagan administration, the Democratic Congress spent it, plus $200 billion more than was taken in.

Congress then called for a tax increase to cover the deficit; I call that tax and spend. Reagan and Bush were constantly having to veto popular legislation because of the spending amendments attached to the bills by a spendthrift Congress. The Democrats have to take responsibility for that one.

Mr. Edwards also is wrong on capital gains taxes. The 3 percent he says gets 80 percent of the savings from capital gains have tax shelters to get around the capital gains taxes. It is the other 97 percent of the population, the little guys who suffer when our home equity vanishes to pay the gains taxes and the interest on our CDs and bonds vanishes to feed the pork barrels of Congress.

All of the other charges in Mr. Edwards' letter have very little to do with taxes except for the Iran-Contra affair, which the Democrats won't let die and which has now cost the American taxpayer millions of dollars. The rest are issues that are as much the fault of the Democrats as they are the Republicans.

I get tired of having representatives in Congress who remain Republicans and Democrats instead of Americans once they reach Washington.

I agree that President Clinton is now my president, although not my choice. In less than a month, "my" president has violated most of the promises he made on his campaign. He has shown that he lied to us in order to get elected.

I am very unhappy with "my" president's first weeks and because I did vote, I have the right to voice my opposition.

Wilford T. Bishop

Sandy