The Republican mantra for the last few decades has been deregulation, deregulation, deregulation. The free market economy will take care of itself. So, the Republicans get control of the White House, Senate and Congress and get what they wanted: total deregulation.

What was the ultimate outcome? Nationalization of three major financial companies.

If Lenin had understood that, maybe he would have been a Republican.

Stuart Merrill

Minneapolis, Minn.