With the end of the "Shut Down," Senators Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer were pointing to their poster board sign stating that under the Senate deal...

#1 We'll continue to fund the government until Jan. 15 #2 We'll continue to pay our bills until Feb. 7 #3 We'll agree to budget talks #4 Income verification for ObamaCare

#1 should read "Continue to BORROW money to fund the federal government #2 should read "Continue to BORROW money to pay the federal government's bills. #3 should read, "This time we REALLY REALLY promise to talk about actual reductions in federal spending. REALLY we will, not like all the other times we promised we'd REALLY talk about reducing actual federal spending levels. And finally, #4 should read "We abandonded ObamaCare because we finally figured out that we'd been fouling up healthcare for decades with MediCare. We'll also be shutting down MediCare and will allow Americans to be responsible for the pricing of their own healthcare choices.

There are those that say Democrats won and Republicans lost.

I think that AMERICA and AMERICANS "lost" and we'll continue to do so as long as our elected officials think we can borrow our way out of debt.

Kevin Henderson Halstead, Kansas