Letters to the Editor

Roy letter: National debt

Mike Crapo, Jim Risch, Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador are all voting to increase the national debt and accelerate the growth of the wealth gap between the very rich and the rest of us.

They all claim to be fiscal conservatives, but they are voting to grow federal deficits. They claim to support rural Idahoans and the middle class, but they are voting just opposite of that.

In the early 1980s the Republicans, with help from the Democrats, cut taxes on high-income earners. They promised that everyone would benefit from increased economic activity and we’d start bringing down the debt. It was an experiment and it didn’t work. The wealth gap, which had shrunk for the previous 35 years, since the end of World War II, began to grow, and federal deficits became larger.

The experiment didn’t work in the 1980s, and it didn’t work in 2001, but Republicans keep telling us it will.

It’s time for the insanity to end.

Darwin Roy, Mayfield