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Kirk's words need no translation

The front page of the March 1 Daily Herald had a picture of both Illinois Senators, Kirk and Durbin, and a quote from each of them regarding the looming federal budget cuts.

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The contrast between the two quotes is remarkable, yet not surprising. Senator Durbin presents his thoughts in threes: "We need a deficit reduction plan that 1). "Is sensitive to the state of the economy" (translation: Obama's policies of big government spending, suffocating regulation, and war on the private sector have yet to produce the economic growth one typically sees after major recession, so let's not cut too much now). 2). "that invests at the moment when we need it" (translation: We need a budget deficit reduction plan that keeps on spending. 3). "But makes certain we are going are going to be reducing spending in the out years" (translation: I need some help with this one -- just what is an 'out year?' Let's assume Senator Durbin means reduce spending in the future, not now.

I prefer Senator Kirk's more succinct words which need no translation: "It is irresponsible to further delay action." Keep up the good fight, Senator Kirk.

Robert Carlson

Naperville

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