Letters to the Editor

Can’t afford your optimism

Congressman Mike Bost is optimistic about bipartisan cooperation in DC. That’s welcomed if it solves our national problems. The recent $1.1 trillion budget deal, which he voted for, is a glittering example that it isn’t always good. Both parties voted for a budget that provides each some of what they were looking for, while raising the debt ceiling and increasing the debt by another $500-$700 billion. A bipartisanship pact to commit fiscal suicide, while burying future generations under a monstrous debt, shouldn’t be a cause for optimism.

Generational theft is immoral and unethical. Individual debt, for the most part, is not passed on to descendants. Unfortunately, our government debt doesn’t end with a generation. It endures until it is paid or we go bankrupt. How many of us would borrow money continuously, live the high life, pass out money lavishly for the sake of our own power, control, and future employment, then leave the debt to our descendants? Yet that is exactly what our elected officials are doing at an accelerated pace.

They mask and rationalize their profligate spending by describing the programs with words like compassion, social safety net, affordable health care, protecting the children, saving our seniors, or the latest heart-tugging catch phrase. Too bad those words aren’t cheap. When we vote for politicians who won’t fight to reduce the debt and reduce spending, we are aiding and abetting generational theft.

Congressman, we can’t afford your optimism.

Paul Zabbo, Shiloh

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