First of all, George Kennedy's notion of fiscal wisdom — a budget deficit — is so outrageously irresponsible as to be laughable. There isn't a sane person in the world who would advocate indebtedness. And second, the reason I write this letter is to inform Mr. Kennedy and all readers that his statement, that "Bush II squandered the balanced budget Bill Clinton bequeathed," is completely erroneous. Clinton actually had a deficit budget when he left office. The reason for the widely purported balanced budget claim is because of the theft of hundreds of billions of dollars from the Social Security till (meant to be untouched) and counted it as general revenue. You may check the history facts on this. Even the dollar figure given every year for our deficit is erroneous because the practice of counting Social Security funds is now a shady annual slight of hand meant to lighten the monstrous deficit spending our government does. So let's not be giving kudos to Clinton or any president who is complicit in this illegal act of irresponsible fiscal behavior.
Patricia Green lives in Columbia.