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Letter: Congressional farce

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The National Congressional Theater is presenting a holiday farce titled “Over The Cliff,” starring Republican House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama. It is a farce in which both Republicans and Democrats pretend that they want to cut spending while reducing revenues.

In the play, Republicans say they want to extend tax cuts for everyone and Democrats argue that they should only be extended for 98 percent of Americans. If there is no agreement, tax cuts would end for everyone and large spending cuts would kick in. The biggest laughs in the show occur when the characters say they want to cut spending because they are concerned about the deficit.

Most of the play, the supporting cast makes speeches about why their plan would energize the economy, reduce the deb and create jobs. Of course, most of the audience has seen this play in the past and knows the ending – the debt continues to soar and budget deficits remain high.

If you intend to see the play, don’t expect to see anything new or innovative. It will be the usual Washington blather that you have seen in countless other farces presented by Republicans and Democrats.

Victor Darst West Dundee

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