$14 TRILLION AND STILL GROWING!!
You can say $14 Trillion and it doesn’t have the impact it has when you have to stare at the numbers. $14,000,000,000,000 – that is what our national debt is and growing. Now, if you were $14,000,000,000,000 in debt, what would your life be like? I know people who are only a few thousand dollars in debt and can’t make it. $14,000,000,000,000 and rising, and yet those who are spending the money don’t seem to care. In fact, they want to make it possible to spend another $2,000,000,000,000, AND they don’t seem to think anything about what they are doing. After all it isn’t their money. It’s the American people’s money they are throwing wasting.
I find myself asking, “Doesn’t anyone in Washington have a financial mind? Don’t they understand what this debt is doing to our country, to our future, to the people who will have to live with this long after they are gone? Is there another answer besides “spend more?”
I would like to offer some advice from one who works very hard to make a living and seeks diligently to live within his means. Hey, if you want to control the debt, do four things:
Do Away With Entitlements! Doesn’t anyone understand the opposite of accountability is entitlement? The more you give people, the more they expect you to continue to give. Rather than continuing to give people more and more, we need to educate them on being accountable for their choices, their behavior. Maybe, just maybe, all this entitlement stuff is more about buying votes than it is caring about the future of OUR country! Entitlement doesn’t feed the human spirit of dreaming, of adventure. It actually destroys one inner drive and desire to rise above what is!
Educate Those In Washington On Economics 101! The principle is simple – IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN YOU ARE BRINGING IN, YOU WILL BE IN FINANCIAL TROUBLE. I don’t understand why this is so difficult to understand. You collect X amount, so you spend what you have, rather than what you don’t have. Maybe, just maybe, because it is not their money, it doesn’t mean as much. It is like playing Monopoly with play money. After all, they have a printing press, so why worry! That printing press is not a credit card without consequences to using it too much.
Behave Like Responsible Adults, Rather Than Children Playing A Game Called Politics! The future of this country can’t be a gamble; it can’t be people playing a spending game with the future. It has to be RESPONSIBLE Adults being accountable for the decisions they are making. If they had to live with the consequences of their behavior, maybe, just maybe, they would think differently. You can say, “But they do; the public can not elect them!” The challenge here is, “Am I going to vote against the hand that is feeding me?” Back to thought #1 Do Away With The Entitlements! When votes are being bought through these programs, fear of loss will keep them tied to the status quo. Why would they vote to turn the faucet off that is taking care of them?
Term Limits And A National Sales Tax! Too many have been in Washington too long. They have sat up their kingdom, and feel they can do whatever they want. We should set term limits. You have X amount of time to get the job done. Being elected is not a life job; it is a time of responsibility and accountability.
Everyone wants to complain about how unfair it is for the rich to get tax breaks. First, what rich? They want it to mean a household that makes over $250,000 a year. Think about this! After taxes and with a family that is not a lot of money.
What about all these Corporations that make Billions in profit and pay not taxes? Maybe, just maybe, they live in the pockets of those in power. Why couldn’t we go to a national sales tax? Let’s say, $.02 on every dollar you spend! Hey, if I spend more, I pay more. If I spend less, I pay less. What is so complicated about that? How would that be unfair? To me, it equalizes the whole situation.
Somehow, some way, we have to wake up to what is happening! The national debt is not a political issue! It is a national issue. Those in Washington were elected to resolve issues, not create more of them. Let’s get real; let’s stop playing politics; let’s turn the press off and stop spending away the future. Let’s get OUR nation back to being “of the people, by the people and for the people” rather than being financially irresponsible!
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