Column: Americans have been awakened to perils of excessive government

Dear President Barack Obama:

This may sound strange to you coming from someone like me, but here goes: Thanks for awakening the American people to the dangers of excessive government. Your actions raised an alarm that inaugurated the most radical fiscal reform in America since the 16th Amendment.

Let me explain. Your presidency brought the term “trillion-dollar deficit” into our vocabulary and oversaw a doubling of the national debt. While politicians had long professed concern about burdening our children and grandchildren, the uncommon deficits and debt over which you presided woke people up, made them take notice of the future implications of higher taxes, inflation and lower economic growth.

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