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Letter to the Editor: Part of the solution, or part of the problem?

Modified: Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Dear Editor:

It seems that Platte County has made the short list for a federal grant that will provide for 97 percent of the money needed to repair Fish Creek Road and Cottonwood Creek Bridge on Harris Park Road. That’s good news, right? Maybe not, read on.

The federal government is projected to spend in excess of $3 trillion this year while taking in only around $2 trillion. We currently have about $17 trillion in national debt that we are paying interest on. Thus, this year’s added trillion in over spending will bring us to over $18 trillion in debt.

Quoting CNN Money from a Feb 10 article: “Interest payments on the national debt could total $5.5 trillion over the next decade, or about 79 percent of the new debt estimated to accrue between 2012 and 2021. And that’s the optimistic scenario.” For fiscal year 2013 the projected interest on the debt is $168,446,206,078.52 (source: http://treasurydirect.gov/govt/reports/ir/ir_expense.htm).

The argument that I hear on a regular basis for taking these grants of federal money that Washington D.C. doesn’t have is that “if we don’t take it, someone else will just get it.” One has to ask where is this person’s inner patriot? Where is their concern for their grandchildren’s future security and opportunity to succeed? This is a case of putting today’s wants ahead of our future viability as a country. It is also a classic example of “if you’re not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.”

For a state and county that claim to have strong conservative convictions, it amazes me how quickly we will sell our children’s and grandchildren’s soles to the Chinese for a little road maintenance today.

Standing up for America is the right thing to do. Can we as a county do the right thing? Contact our County Commissioners and let them know what you think.

Paul Miner


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