Saturday, October 27, 2012
Pick of the day: Americans, we have not done our job
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A few weeks ago, I watched the Democratic convention. It was a long cry from John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you ... ." Everyone was advocating "give me, give me, give me."
Our country is acting like a family that has over-extended its credit card and still does not stop spending. We have not done our job. We have not held politicians who have over-extended our credit cards accountable. We have allowed waste.
Because a program looks good, we have not asked, "But can we afford it?" We have not forced politicians to make tough choices, but have rewarded them for choosing to buy everything. We blindly think that taxing the rich will solve the debt problem, not doing the arithmetic that shows the debt has already grown far beyond this solution.
Because we have been greedy and irresponsible, we are threatening our children's and our grandchildren's future and taking away the opportunities our parents and grandparents protected for us. Our children and grandchildren will be burdened by increasing taxes and fewer benefits while we allow politicians to tell us "Oh, it won't hurt now," and blindly re-elect those who have failed.