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A deep hole

October 27, 2008

Re "Both candidates face deficits, economists say,"

Oct. 23

Of course Barack Obama and John McCain are in denial about deficits.

Politicians want to win, and you don't gain votes by talking about the deficit, which is hard to understand, less concrete than taxes (to many) and, critically, something we feel we can worry about later. We can still spend massive sums.

For example, although American taxpayers, including myself, are paying billions of dollars a month for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush won congressional approval to cut taxes. That's how you win votes.

To the future generations who will have to pay off the deficit: Too bad, suckers!

Steven Koenig

Fortaleza, Brazil

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