While the Republicans were certainly guilty of deficit spending, they at least fulfilled their due diligence during President George W. Bush's administration ("Get it done," Feb. 13). They submitted a budget in accordance with the law and the most basic government and business practices.

At the beginning of 2009, President Obama and the Democrats held majorities in both houses of Congress. But now it's 2013 and the Democrats have yet to submit a budget.

Why would they choose not to be held accountable to the American people? It's no coincidence that reckless spending and the resulting deficits are real and are not going away.

President Obama just asked for an extension of the deadline before sequestration kicks in to produce a budget that staves off drastic mandatory spending cuts. What have senators been doing over the last four years?

Besides criticizing their Republican counterparts, perhaps Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin would like to explain to their constituents the culpability and obvious shortcomings on their part that led to this whole mess.

Richard A. LaCourse, Forest Hill

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