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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Painful as it was, I watched Bob Schieffer interview U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the CBS show “Face the Nation” on Jan. 6. Reid said, “Two-thirds of the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to keep the government closed … and default on our debt.”

Since Mr. Schieffer didn't challenge another Democrat lie, I will.

Whether or not you think it was wise for Republicans to threaten a government shutdown, which has been done before by Democrats, no Republican voted to default on our debt.

That fight may come this month if conservatives vote not to raise the debt limit. But even then, most Republicans agree that we are obligated to pay — and are capable of paying — our debts first, then look at cutting other programs rather than continue to borrow and print more money endlessly.

Tea-party Republicans and most fiscally responsible Americans believe in spending within our means. This policy is not nearly as extreme or dangerous as taxing, printing and spending our way toward high unemployment, credit unworthiness and a worthless dollar.

Michael Contes

New Kensington



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