Congress must face up to debt

Rik Dalvit/For the Capital Press

Editorial

For decades now, we've come to expect presidents to speak forcefully for the need to reduce the federal debt, then submit budgets that increase spending, deficits and the debt. So President Obama didn't disappoint when he used his State of the Union address to declare he was freezing government spending for three years, then a few days later presented his 2011 budget package that included a 3 percent spending increase and a $1.56 trillion deficit.

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