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    Cuts in spending alone would harm the economy

    Spending cuts set in motion by sequestration may be rooted in “years of dysfunction” in Washington (Page A1, Feb. 26), but the so-called solution offered by Republicans — exclusively spending cuts — would damage national, state, and local economies. Democrats have offered a mix of targeted spending cuts and revenue increases to help with the short-term budgetary issue. However, Republicans refuse to consider any additional tax revenue, even though our tax rates remain the lowest they have been in decades.

    We need to realize that taxes are the price we pay for a free society, and that cutting spending in a down economy would not lead to prosperity, but instead would damage our nation's economy as we disinvest in education, research, safety regulation, and infrastructure.

    Edwin Andrews