National debt could be United States’ downfall

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I would like to bring to the attention of the American people what I believe is the biggest threat to the well-being of this country that no Democrat running for president has addressed — the national debt. It’s more than $20 trillion and growing exponentially. It’s costing us more than $600 billion in interest payments and is projected to cost more than $1 trillion in interest in 12 years if allowed to grow at the current rate.

People, do you really care about the well-being of your children and grandchildren? Is this the legacy you wish to leave them? Evidently it is, because for whatever reason, you refuse to do anything about it.

We seem to have become a nation of people concerned with self-gratification. We have too many of our citizens unwilling to tell our government representatives “Enough is enough.” Instead, we ask for more tax breaks, more spending on programs that are economically advantageous to our individual needs. The irony of it is that the people who benefit the most from this government’s economic policies are those who are the least needy.

Both political parties are equally to blame. The incumbents, no matter what their affiliation, have sold out the American people. Republicans came into power saying they would control government spending. What a lie. Every Republican tax cut has benefited the rich and powerful and increased the national debt exponentially. Democrats have championed programs to benefit the working class, seniors and the poor, but not providing the funds to support them. In both cases, political parties outwardly are against the other party’s program, but pork in the bills ensure they are passed.

It’s about time the American public stops letting these politicians make fools of us with their wasteful spending. I’d like to suggest those who are truly concerned about this nation’s well-being take the time to read “Rome Wasn’t Burnt In a Day” by Joe Scarborough. Hopefully it will enlighten those searching for the truth. Citizens must take action to rid Congress of these self-serving individuals. History has taught us that great nations fall from within. And it’s my opinion that continuing to grow the national debt will be the downfall of this nation.

We need elected officials who recognize that we don’t need tax cuts, rather, we need tax increases on those most able to afford them. We need to hold a moratorium on new government programs until we have addressed the problem of the national debt. We also need to rescind those laws that promote corporate welfare.

We as a nation seem to have forgotten JFK’s words, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Merrell R. Washington

Rocky Mount