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August 15, 2022

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Letter to the editor:

Republicans acted the way Founding Fathers designed

The biggest win for Republicans in the debt-ceiling/deficit law, besides getting almost all of what they wanted, is politically crippling President Barack Obama and the Senate Democrats.

The Republican House, under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner and the Senate under Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, were in charge every step of the way, held all the trump cards and key votes, and forced the Democrats in both houses of Congress and the president to compromise their positions on almost every one of their demands.

Just as Republicans wanted: no clean debt-ceiling increase, no new revenue from taxes, and scrutiny by Congress (read Republicans) for every debt-ceiling increase through the next election in November 2012.

(Separately, it was pleasant to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona make her first public appearance in months, as she voted yes on the bill in the House.)

When Congress returns from its August recess, it must tackle the 2012 budget and appropriations. The deadline is Oct. 1. If the debt ceiling bill is any prediction of the battle to come, it will be lively and spirited. It’s just what is needed to combat the economic tsunamis that are and will be in the year ahead, not the least of which is a flagging stock market, which is about 1,000 points down from its recent highs.

The United States is doing exactly as our Founding Fathers wanted: Fight to get it right.

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