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Van Hollen shows why it will be so hard to reduce the deficit

The article in today's Sun by Rep. Chris Van Hollen ("Medicaid cuts would hurt us all," July 25) demonstrates how difficult it will be to reduce our budget deficit. While giving lip service to the need to reduce our federal budget deficit, he then maintains that there should be no reduction in the federal Medicaid program. Not one dime.

Conspicuously absent in his article are any proposals to bring our deficit down. There is a reason for this. He has none. He was perfectly willing to pass budgets containing huge deficits when he and his party were in the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he will continue to do so if given the opportunity. Rather than make sound proposals for fiscal responsibility, Rep. Van Hollen is content to demagogue Republican proposals so that he can achieve his only real priority, i.e. the return of Democrats to the majority in the House of Representatives.

What our country needs now are leaders who are willing to make tough but fair choices to reduce our huge deficits and reduce the terrible burden we are leaving to our children and grandchildren. Sadly, Rep. Van Hollen is not one of them.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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