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George Nethercutt, professional politician, turned special interest group advisor and Washington insider, posses a necessary question in his recent commentary “Debt Debate.” He tells us voters should ask “Did our member of Congress have the courage of fiscal convictions to fully reduce federal spending?” and further, “Was our member of Congress willing to vote for substantial-enough spending reductions, without concern for the next election?” Mr. Nethercutt, the former steadfast term limit warrior turned concerned candidate for the next election is partially correct. He fails to mention the most important question regarding deficit and debt reduction. Are we the citizens of the United States willing to do what it takes to pull ourselves out of the financial abyss? Are we willing to learn from our past mistakes and take corrective action? Mr. Nethercutt mentions that we have experienced debt since the Revolutionary War, and until recently paid it back. What is he cloaking here? Recently must mean the Civil war as we have had debt ever since. Cuts must be made, and revenue must increase to address the amassed debt and present deficit. This mess didn’t start 2 years ago. We are fighting 2 wars. We all love the USA and support our citizen soldiers, until it’s time to pay for it, then it’s don’t tread on me, you socialists. It seems the most vocal supporters of the Red, White and Blue are the ones who pay back the smallest percentage, the uber-rich, the people whose voting record contributed to the deficits, and the biggest Corporations (perhaps they are one in the same). It will take the rich, the poor, the middle class, corporate America, and the government each stepping up to a fair share, rather than simply pointing a finger and forgetting how we put ourselves in this predicament. Mr. Nethercutt during his long tenure as a Politian is as guilty as any current Congress member, through his voting record, amassing huge deficits, adding to the national debt, but he is now a master finger pointer. We danced, now it’s time to pay the band.
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