In "Still friends?" (Forum, Oct. 31), Carl Clark is confused about what Republicans believe.
Republicans believe we have a spending problem, not a revenue problem (a key difference with Democrats). No party has a monopoly on irresponsible spending. That is why Utah's Republican senators advocate a balanced budget amendment.
Republicans believe Americans make better decisions with their money than government does. This is why they support tax cuts. When Americans have more money, they invest more, finance entrepreneurial endeavors and put more money into the economy. The problem arises when we lower taxes but not spending.