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Republicans created the deficit

Contrary to letter writer Robert C. Erlandson's claim, Democrats are not responsible for the current deficit and interest payments of the national debt ("America needs more tea party 'extremists,'" Oct. 25).

When President Bill Clinton left office there was a projected $5.6 trillion budget surplus. Thanks to his successor, George W. Bush, and his huge tax cuts (mainly for the wealthy), two unfunded, unnecessary wars and continued corporate welfare, the United States is now in worse shape than it has ever been.

Unless and until we resolve our unequal distribution of wealth, in which the top 1 percent continues to increase their assets while the remaining 99 percent have less and less, there is little hope for our country's future. We are no longer a democracy and a republic; we have become a plutocracy.

Anne R. Brusca, Columbia

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