Our government is breaking records

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Letter to the editor by Joseph Paterek

Our government
is breaking records
For the first time in history, the United States has lost its AAA credit rating and the government has shown its disdain for posterity by ensuring that the next generation of Americans will not live as well as this one, with the exception of the Great Depression of the 1930s.
This happened when the federal government failed to meet Standard & Poor’s expected 4 trillion dollars in spending cuts in the face of an astronomical 14.4 trillion dollars in multi-generational foreign indebtedness.
This is the culmination of the apathy of American citizens over many decades of excessive borrowing and spending beyond our means by both major political parties behaving like credit-card addicts on a grand scale.
According to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt, in the past five years alone, the central government’s mindless borrowing and wasteful spending doubled the debt from about 8 trillion dollars to our current commitment of over 16 trillion, after the 2.4 trillion-dollar increase agreed upon during the debt-ceiling debates.
The problem has grown so acute that it has led to the bitter, uncompromising partisan debates over how to keep on borrowing and splurging without destroying the entire economy. One side stubbornly advocated increased taxes and more borrowing in order to continue the ongoing national spending spree while the other side insisted, without compromise, that our national survival depends on shrinking the public debt and the size of government through spending cuts that equal or surpass additional taxation.
This, together with the failed Washington policies of the past few years, has shaken the American people awake and given rise to a massive grassroots conservative movement that promises to counter the disasters of the moribund progressive movement, which has been plaguing us since at least the late 19th Century. It does our country no good to lay blame for all of this on conservative activist groups such as the 2-year-old Tea Party, which is akin to throwing bricks at the firefighters who arrive to fight the fire that’s consuming your home.
The United States of America will prevail as the free Constitutional republic it always has been, despite all the uncertainty, the vicious attacks of our internal adversaries, and the threats of our enemies abroad.
We will join hands as one people, neutralize the divisive domestic policies of our own government, renew our power and strength, and regain the respect of all nations around the world.
Joseph Paterek



This gentleman makes sense!
For too long our government has had its hands in the Cookie Jar, "borrowing" the cookies. Now that the Jar is down to crumbs, they want to cry and point fingers at everybody else.
Unbridled spending has and is leading our Country to disaster. The spending can't continue. The answer, at least to reasonable people, is to be frugal, don't spend what you don't have. More borrowing and or devaluing the dollar by printing more money is not the way to get our country out of this depression or recession, whatever you want to call it.
It's time the Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, put their differences aside and do what's right and reasonable to put our Country back on the road to recovery.
Buying American is what we can do as individuals. Read the labels folks and buy local as much as possible.
Pray for our Country
Sandi Smith