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December 21, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Blaming Reagan is a bit of a stretch

In reading the letter to the editor in the Nov. 26 edition of the Sun titled “Bill is coming due for GOP’s spending,” written by Bill Mullin, where he attempts to tie today’s deficit to former President Ronald Reagan, he conveniently forgot to mention the shape our country was in when Reagan took over.

Inflation, extremely high interest rates (18 percent mortgages) and a huge morale problem among the American people.

Yes, Reagan borrowed and spent money, but unlike our current administration, he got results. Remember Star Wars, the military buildup so strong that the Soviet Union obeyed Reagan’s request to tear down the Berlin Wall and end the tensions between the two countries?

Interest rates also dropped, and the economy rebounded and we returned to feeling good about our country once again.

Also, the amount of debt President Barack Obama has incurred is so huge it is greater than the deficits of all the U.S. presidents combined over more than two centuries, yet we have little, if anything, to show for it.

Mullin also tried to tie Reagan to the banking meltdown even though it happened decades later.

I guess that’s what some people resort to when they are frustrated and disappointed by their party: Bash the other side, even if you have to invent something.

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