I have trouble when it comes to not helping our own people because of the argument: We can’t just keep running up the debt.
The Home War
The people in this country need help. They need jobs, food on their tables, decent housing, and satisfactory transportation. They need affordable health care, significant community services, clean streets, and safe neighborhoods. The elderly need to be taken care of. Mental health services provided for those in need. Recreational facilities for kids to take advantage of. Training programs for those who want to learn a much needed trade. College availability for those who wish to seek higher education. We need to invest in ourselves.
Yet the argument against this investment seems to always be blocked by this one statement:
We can’t keep running up the debt.
I don’t get it. The December 8, 2014 issue of the New Yorker Magazine reported that America spent $3 billion in humanitarian assistance in Turkey. This included: food, medical aid, garbage trucks, ambulances, communication services, and more. It assists Syrian refugees, Syrians living inside Turkey, and protection at the Turkey-Syrian border.
$3 billion in humanitarian assistance in one place in the world alone. Imagine all the other places in the world receiving assistance – humanitarian or otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong. The world needs assistance. The United States, one of the richest countries in the world, should be at the forefront of helping. Along with all the other major players in the world. We’re all in this together.
I just have trouble when it comes to not helping our own people because of the argument:
We can’t just keep running up the debt.
We don’t bring up that argument when it comes to defense spending, our role in assisting the rest of the world, the perks given to our politicians, or our bolstering net profits to our corporations and our wealthiest citizens. We don’t hear that argument when it comes to lowering taxes on capital gains or restructuring the tax system. But we do hear a great outcry when someone wants to tax daily stock trades on the exchanges.
If we don’t put money into the coffers, we will:
Just keep running up the debt.
No family can spend without its members pooling their resources to support that family. But the American family feels that we do not have to replace the kitty.
So those of you who say that we should not spend on the home front because we’re running up the debt, start talking about putting resources into the kitty, stop hoarding profits, and start replenishing the till.
After all, we are one of the richest countries in the world.