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Debt Increase During the Reagan-Bush Years

In the article "As Bush Campaign Stalls, Baker May Take Charge," July 22, the author intimates that the Republicans will again try to discredit the Democrats with that old "tax and spend" accusation. The "borrow and spend" Republicans, in their 12-year control of the executive branch, have pushed the national debt from $1 trillion to $4 trillion dollars. In the Reagan years that $1 trillion dollar debt of the "tax and spenders" should have been, and could have been, reduced. Instead, tax breaks were give n to the least needy, and corporate America. Now we are living with the results - a situation remarkably similar to the period that ended with the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Alex F. Livingstone, Tilton, N.H.

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