Charles Krauthammer [“A modest GOP agenda for 2013,” op-ed, July 12] was correct in saying that Ronald Reagan’s 1986 tax policy “helped propel two decades of near-uninterrupted economic growth.” What he didn’t say is that during this period the national debt increased significantly and would have climbed higher if not for the reductions during the Clinton administration.

It isn’t hard to have “prosperity” on borrowed money, but sooner or later you have to pay the piper. But we’ll just let the next generation worry about that, right?

Rodney Brooks, Silver Spring