Letter: U.S. leaving millions of citizens behind
The debate in Washington over the budget/deficit should give everyone pause. "Everyone should pay their fair share." "It’s a spending problem," great lines no substance. Lines such as these are spouted by our leaders daily with facts that when found false minutes later are basically lies, of which both sides are guilty, separating people and creating the apathy seen in American Politics. These are the same facts we debate our neighbors with.
It has been re ported that 45 million Americans lack health care, the same number is reported to only live above the poverty line with the help of Social Security. It has also been reported that 10,000 Americans reach retirement age daily and will for about the next 10 years (baby boomers). Then you have the perpetually poor, for a lack of better explanation. This is where the debate should be. A group roughly one third of the U.S. population and growing is negatively impacting our nation and will for decades. This group as a voting bloc could sway government any way they wanted if they united (big fear of our founders) and we want to focus on whose to blame? Let me answer it for you, we all are. Class envy is not the problem. Social and economic change is. We are leaving millions behind not considering the economic and social implications.
Taxing, not taxing, cutting services, or all can lower our deficit and a balanced budget should be Constitutional law except in times of declared war, but even these do not address the root cause. How we handle poverty and the factors that create it do. What we do with a workforce that is too old for the job market at 60 but will live to 90 matters. How do we ensure the next generation will be prepared? How we make sure that those who can contribute to our great society do so. Demanding government not is for sale to the highest bidder is critical. All these issues cost trillions to ignore. We must ensure that for rich or poor, young or old the American dream is not only alive but obtainable. To ignore the obvious and not fix it is to fail before you start.