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Letters: This is the party of Lincoln?

March 05, 2013
  • House Speaker John Boehner talks to the media after a meeting with President Obama last week.
House Speaker John Boehner talks to the media after a meeting with President… (Pete Marovich / Bloomberg )

Re "Deficit target hit, but at what price?," March 4

The goal of reducing projected federal deficits over the next 10 years by $4 trillion has been achieved, but only by making extremely inefficient across-the-board cuts required by the "sequester" agreement. This happened largely because of the continued allegiance by Republican lawmakers to a no-tax pledge. The tail is wagging the elephant.

It's time for reasonable Republicans to mount a campaign to take back their party. This was once the party of Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt; it was respected on both sides of the aisle, and it could be again.

When that happens, the legislative logjam in Congress that has drastically slowed our economic recovery may finally break.

Armand Carbonara

San Luis Obispo

The sequester is not a ticket to disaster. It is the best thing that could happen to the U.S. If Congress would just stay home the rest of President Obama's term, it couldn't do any more damage to our economy or intrude into our private lives. Take away President Obama's maxed-out credit card and force Congress to stop spending money and we just might get ahead of our debt.

Republicans should keep up the good work. It would be far cheaper just to pay members of Congress to stay home.

Greg Barnett

Costa Mesa

Perhaps the sequester and reducing the deficit will work out. As a lawyer once said about a good divorce settlement, "You know you've done well when both sides think they've gotten screwed."

Reggie Kenner

Manhattan Beach

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