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Spending ourselves silly

Headlines: George W. Bush: “Social Security will be flat broke by 2042.” Alan Greenspan: “… budget deficits cannot continue …”

At a time when the U.S. is incurring debt in Iraq at the rate of $250 million per day, President Bush is lobbying for a “fix” to Social Security that would cost a trillion or more dollars to implement. Does this make any sense? What has become of the fiscal conservatism formerly so characteristic of the Republican party?

David Brooks, certainly not a liberal, writes: “Over the next few months we will be watching a government that may be millions-wise, but trillions foolish. We will be watching a government that sometimes seems to have lost all perspective, and resembles a lunatic trying to dry himself off with a handtowel while standing in a torrential downpour.”

There is only one solution to this problem. We must begin to control our spending and paying our debts. “Republicans promise to be virtuous – but not just yet. Democrats who loudly jeer at Republican deficits but whose own entitlements would make the situation as bad.” We are sacrificing our future and those of our children and grandchildren. It is wrong.

Stuart Hoffmann

Grass Valley

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