An Unintended Gift to Our Children
By Cindy Chafian on July 19, 2012
As a mother of five, nothing is more important to me than my children and their futures. When President Obama campaigned in 2008, he seemed to appreciate what was on the line for the next generation. He did not mince his words speaking about the burgeoning national debt, instead calling it “irresponsible,” “unpatriotic,” “obscene,” and “unacceptable.” He presented himself to the American people as poised to tackle the tough issues that politicians normally avoid. Refreshed by his rhetoric, the American people elected him to the presidency.
Sadly, his understanding of generational theft appears to have quickly faded. And it’s left mothers like me wondering what the future will hold for our kids.
Instead of restoring fiscal responsibility in Washington, President Obama has presided over three and a half years of fiscal recklessness. Under his leadership, the national debt has skyrocketed to a historic level. When he took office, the debt stood at $10.6 trillion. Today, it’s soared to $15.8 trillion. For every American—including each of my children—that’s $48,700.
Very simply, our government is broke. These massive levels of debt are crippling to our economy—simply look at last year’s credit downgrade. Given the real time consequences we see playing out in Europe, it’s clear that this massive burden of debt is an awful legacy to pass onto our children.
Each year of his administration, President Obama has run up trillion dollar deficits. Despite the fact that in 2008 he decried “policies that have left our children with a mountain of debt,” his own policies have not only done the same thing but accelerated the pace. Unfortunately he doesn't seem intent to change the course.
The next generation cannot afford President Obama’s government-growing policies. If $5.2 trillion has been the increase in the national debt to date—and President Obama’s first term isn’t even completed—the prospect of what a second term would entail is mindboggling. For a president who seeks to justify his harmful economic policies with perverse notions of “fairness,” it seems extremely unfair to saddle our children and grandchildren with paralyzing levels of debt. It’s neither feasible nor moral to purchase prosperity at their expense.
Our country has some tough decisions to make. I’m casting a vote for my kids by voting for Mitt Romney. He’ll offer much needed fiscal sanity to Washington and ensure that the America future generations inherit will be a solvent one, rich with opportunities.
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