Democrats cre­at­ing in­den­tured ser­vants

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - JEFF WIND­HAM Bet­ten­dorf, Iowa PHIL GINGERELLA West­erly, R.I. LE­LAND SCHOFF Gainesville, Va.

Thanks to the debt-ceil­ing bat­tle I think I fi­nally un­der­stand eco­nom­ics: Peo­ple who want gov­ern­ment to live within its means, spend less money, make gov­ern­ment smaller and lower taxes are racist, ho­mo­pho­bic ter­ror­ists. Peo­ple who make drunken sailors look cheap when it comes to spend­ing other peo­ple’s money — money they don’t have — are he­roes.

Those who use credit cards to pay off other credit cards are in fi­nan­cial trou­ble, yet the U.S. gov­ern­ment bor­row­ing money to pay just the in­ter­est on its debts is a good thing? Democrats can’t be this ig­no­rant about the econ­omy.

They are de­lib­er­ately fol­low­ing a pol­icy of lead­ing Amer­ica to fi­nan­cial ruin. What other con­clu­sion can one come to?

A new Har­vard Univer­sity In­sti­tute of Pol­i­tics study found that each Amer­i­can worker’s share of the $17 tril­lion debt — a debt that has Nazism and fas­cism.

As I stood on Rod­man Av­enue, I no­ticed oth­ers stand­ing in honor of Col. As­bury, oth­ers of my gen­er­a­tion. My gen­er­a­tion is the one that has sold our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren into a bondage of debt and has stolen from chil­dren not yet born so that we can have more “stuff.”

My gen­er­a­tion has stolen a trea­sure worth $17 tril­lion and grow­ing. Long af­ter the things we have ac­quired is rot­ting in a land­fill, our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren will still be pay­ing for it all.

Fifty years from now, I won­der what they will call my gen­er­a­tion. jumped by 55 per­cent since Pres­i­dent Obama took of­fice — is cur­rently $123,000. The fig­ure Amer­i­can work­ers owe is ac­tu­ally much higher be­cause the study didn’t in­clude state and mu­nic­i­pal debt. And the Democrats are hell­bent on rais­ing that fig­ure.

How many peo­ple re­al­ize that the “tak­ers,” the pri­mary con­stituency of the Demo­cratic Party, won’t pay a dime of that debt? Ev­ery dime of the debt will be paid by the tax­pay­ers.

How much is enough? At what point will Democrats stop de­stroy­ing our chil­dren’s and grand­chil­dren’s fu­ture by sad­dling them with per­pet­ual debt?

It’s a debt they can never pay off in a life­time. Amer­i­cans are be­com­ing in­den­tured ser­vants to their gov­ern­ment.

Since Pres­i­dent Obama has taken of­fice, his stri­dent stance that he will not make mean­ing­ful cuts to gov­ern­ment spend­ing but will in­stead raise taxes has never re­sulted in an agreed-upon bud­get, just a se­ries of con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tions kick­ing the can down the road for more than four years, funded by out-of-con­trol bor­row­ing.

This last time, Mr. Obama re­fused to con­sider any cut to his pet health care pro­gram, even if it meant shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment for 16 days and flirt­ing with a de­fault. This stri­dent stance will only be bro­ken with a “gun to his head,” as he calls the with­hold­ing of fund­ing, and break­ing up the strat­egy of in­creas­ing debt be­yond that ap­proved, thereby jus­ti­fy­ing bor­row­ing yet more money to fi­nance it. Lack­ing that, he would likely just print more money.

So this be­comes the strat­egy: We will no longer fund the gov­ern­ment with con­tin­u­ing res­o­lu­tions. We will re­duce the deficits that even the most diehard lib­er­als agree are too high. We will not fund the gov­ern­ment un­til there is a bud­get agreed on by both par­ties, passed in both houses and signed by the pres­i­dent, plain and sim­ple. Fail­ure to do this now will shut the gov­ern­ment down again and pos­si­bly hurt its credit rat­ing. Blame will then fall on both par­ties and the pres­i­dent. If the con­se­quences are as dire as the Democrats pre­dict, then they have un­til the first months of the new year to get some­thing agreed upon.

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