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A recent op-ed article written by Paul Krugman of The New York Times and published in the Scranton, Pa. Times-Tribune mentioned the fact that President Barack Obama's tax increases for the richest people in the country have effectively rolled back the tax cuts that the Reagan and Bush administrations combined gave to the wealthiest Americans.

If that is true, then how come the national debt of this country has gone from $10.6 trillion to more than $18 trillion under Obama's eight years of leadership? Is it because of the progressive democratic agenda? It's funny that Obama didn't mention any of that stuff in his final State of the Union speech January 12.

One of his legacies will be as this country's biggest-spending president.

We are a nation of 330 million-plus people in the U.S., and if we don't start getting our country in fiscal order pretty soon under accountable, competent, and responsible leadership, then our alternative will eventually be economic ruin.

Take that for what it's worth.

John Hollenback

Greenfield Twp., Pa.

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