From Margot Bloomfield, Highland Township:
There are outspoken individuals who overlook our Constitution’s opening words, “We the people,” preferring to promote “me” instead of “we” in their own self interests. Many who support privatizing services our government provides believe that free enterprise is the solution. They promote ideals they say are obtainable for all: unlimited fortunate for those able to achieve monetary security through hard work or circumstances.
The problem is this ideal is achievable for a small minority in our current economic climate. The majority of individuals/families make less than $250,000 a year, as do the majority of small businesses. It is a mystery to me why these same people are supporting policies allowing unlimited wealth to so few. Great countries have policies protecting all their citizens — including the disabled, elderly, and destitute. Compassionate conservatives suggest wealthy individuals and corporations share their wealth through charity. Some do, but voluntarily giving to community and country is based on generosity. We all know that not everyone is generous or compassionate.
Those who want to slash or eliminate government services and supports should then refrain from using federal postal services or collecting Social Security. Perhaps those same politicians should slash their own government salaries. Resolving the national debt on the backs of others less fortunate, and releasing the wealthy individuals and corporations from paying their fair share, is unconscionable.
In 2000, there was no national debt crisis as our federal budget was in the black. Approximately 75 percent of our debt started during the George W. Bush administration, and many millionaires flourished under Bush policies. Yet conservative extremists place the blame at the feet of our current President. These politicians are looking out for their own interests, and those of their wealthy constituents. They are sending a message loud and clear to our country’s majority: “Let them eat cake!”