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The incredibly forgetful Mr. Rodricks

1:00 PM EDT, August 7, 2011

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I am a moderate and like to hear both sides of a story. I agree with Dan Rodricks that many people have made excessive money through legal but less than ethical means. I would favor an increased tax of 50 percent on those who make excessive salaries. That bracket would start at $2 million, not $200,000.

But in Mr. Rodricks' recent column ("Question for tea party: What now?" Aug. 4), he once again only gives half the facts to support his liberal views. He considers the current members of Congress who want to stop the obscene spending and balance the budget to be extreme. He blames our debt on President George W. Bush, but does not mention that the Democrats had control of both branches of Congress from January 2007 to January 2011.

That was the time when our country went downhill and the debt increased dramatically. Since Congress originates all spending bills, the Democrats did all the spending during the last three years of the Bush administration. That is the part that Mr. Rodricks forgot.

Stanley J. Glinka, Ellicott City