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Playing chicken

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Well, it’s 2013. It looks like we slipped and almost fell off the fiscal cliff, but at the last minute we caught our balance and seemingly “avoided” it.

For the first time in 20 years, wealthy Americans are going to see a relatively substantial tax increase, and the rest of us will endure the hiccup of the expiration of President Barack Obama’s stimulus-inspired, 2 percent payroll tax holiday that many say shouldn’t have been implemented in the first place.

As for the sequester, it has been put off for two months – just in time for an impending debt ceiling battle that will surely become just as dramatic as what we just saw with the fiscal cliff.

What has been going on in Washington is absolutely unacceptable. Playing chicken with our nation’s economy is almost as reckless as going to war with Iraq. When will this madness stop? When can our government become truly responsible, be held accountable for its actions, and actually get worthwhile things done?

The truth is that with the increase of the size of our government, we have seen more unacceptable behavior from Washington. America needs to realize that the more we ask from our government, the less we shall receive.

Kyle Walker

Fox River Grove

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