POLITICAL NOTES: Republican Drama

Marriage License Clerk: Now what do you intend to do about the national debt?

Prospective Bridegroom John: National debt? Me?

Clerk: You are going to establish a family and as the head of an American family you will shoulder a debt of more than $1,017.26—and it's growing every day. ... Do you still want to get married?

John: Well—er—I—I—What do you say, Mary?

Mary: Maybe—maybe—we better talk it over first, John. ... All those debts! When we thought we didn't owe anybody in the world.

John: Somebody is giving us a dirty deal....

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