WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., hit the nail on the head last week when he said it's time to drop the annual charade of extending the use of mortgage revenue bonds and small-issue industrial development bonds for a few months or a year at a time.

Instead, the chairman to sit down when they draft a tax bill next year and decide -- once and for all -- which of the dozen popular expiring tax breaks, or "extenders," should be made permanent and which should be allowed to die.

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