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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Issues of the Day

As I was driving to the grocery store this morning I listened to the radio. So, in January of 2009 a new President will inherit a 500 billion budget deficit and a 9 trillion national debt. We are borrowing money to prop up our country from anyone we can get it from and we have become THE debtor nation of the world. I think very few citizens pay any attention to this, understand how it is devaluing the dollar and impacting our security. As we look to the outside forces in our concern for safety and security we are living on a ticking time bomb of ever-growing debt.

Rather than worry about 'lipstick on a pig' I think our time would be better spent on an issue such as this that has tremendous potential for disaster. We are, I believe, all living in a house of cards and we had better get a handle on it and not be distracted by non-issues.

4 comments:

  1. Those numbers just make my head swim. I cannot even begin to wrap my head around what that 'means'. I think many americans sort of ignore this issue because it seems confusing and overwhelming. Unfortunately, petty candidate bickering gets a whole lot more press time than 'the facts'. Thanks for your post and it is a good reminder to think about what really matters. : )

    Ash

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  2. Ashley, I agree with your point. Ignorance and or indifference as this is the very reason we are in the spot we are. I am an admirer of Jeffersonian principles and I often quote him This is a lesser known quote than the famous one about an educated populace, but it is of the same idea.

    "Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
    Thomas Jefferson

    But, the people have to be willing to be educated and it is so often easier and more comfortable to believe that which makes us feel all is well. And, to that end, distractions work very well.

    I am a politically involved person and I sometimes need my soapbox! So, when I do so, I have the label 'On the Soapbox' as a warning that it will be an opinion filled topic. : )

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  3. I left out a whole portion of a sentence! Ignorance and indifference have lead us to the spot we are now at!

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  4. One more, those figures don't take into account the interest on the debt.

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