Jesse Butz: Fiscal irresponsibility is our greatest problem


Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 9:53 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 9:53 a.m.

In his Sunday Speaking Out, David Colburn states that Florida is at a racial crossroads and is in danger of slipping back “…to discrimination and occasional violence against immigrants and people of color.” The main problem, he deduces, lies with “Tea Party members who are overwhelmingly white….(and) attribute affirmative programs for minorities and the nation’s immigration policies as reasons for their economic difficulties.”

It is time for Colburn, and all who rely on painting their political opponents as racists, to recognize that our nation, not just Florida, is at a crossroads, and our great problem is not racism, it is fiscal irresponsibility. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, has warned repeatedly in recent months that the greatest danger to our national security is our national debt. Erskine Bowles, chief of staff for President Clinton, and Alan Simpson former senator from Wyoming,, co-chairs of President Obama’s debt and deficit commission were scheduled to report their findings next December. They are so concerned they went public in the Washington Post this summer, saying, at “present, federal revenue is fully consumed by three programs: Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The rest of the federal government, including fighting two wars, homeland security, education, art, culture, you name it, veterans, the whole rest of the discretionary budget is being financed by China and other countries.” They believe the current trillion dollar budget deficits are a disaster “that will destroy the country from within.” The only possible solution, they say, is major budget cuts.

Every one of us, of every color, every culture, and every economic class will suffer greatly if we cannot not find leaders with the political skill and wisdom to develop a plan for us, as a nation, to live within our means without making the least fortunate among us suffer the most.

Jesse Butz,

Gainesville

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