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Ken Lucier, Moorhead, Published October 14 2013

Letter: Shut them down; restore the nation

Congress should simply pass a budget that does not increase the total debt ceiling or taxes. This can easily be done by eliminating the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Security Agency and the Internal Revenue Service, and ending the individual income tax in lieu of a flat consumption tax that provides the same amount of revenue. Re-integrate the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as integrate the Department of Commerce and the Department of Labor. Provide no funding for the “Unaffordable Health Care Act.” Fund only 50 percent of the Department of Agriculture FY 2013.

Then perhaps our country can again thrive and back us off the precipice of financial collapse and utter ruin.