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How can we cut debt if we keep raising the debt ceiling?

You state that the Republicans' "demanding spending cuts to reduce our deficit is holding the debt ceiling increase hostage" ("Another cliff ahead?" Jan. 4).

Really? Most American citizens would have the common sense to cut spending if confronted with a problem of paying creditors!

This would be done to ensure that the problem would not have to be dealt with in the future. Cut future spending and pay future bills!

Republicans and Democrats should also hold themselves accountable and prior to raising "our" debt ceiling should demand spending cuts.

Please explain to me how, if you continue to recklessly spend, spend, spend and continue to raise the ceiling, how we will ever bring our debt under control?

Steve Favazza, Timonium

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