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America, You Have a Thing or Two to Learn
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Essay by:Jessica Lynn Elsen
Emporia State University
For reason of this paper, I am going to pretend I am an opinion columnist who is clearly. . . outspoken on this topic. I have a few ideas for ways in my “all-knowing” of how to reduce if not eliminate the national debt, but first I am going to speak my mind loud and clear. I do not know of a single person who tries to be in debt. People do not wake up one day and say to his or herself, “I wonder how deep into debt I can get today?” Society tends to look down on people who are in debt, so why is society not looking down on itself; America, who somehow managed to get into a massive debt, and yet brush it under the rug as “no big deal”. Oh America, you have a thing or two to learn—this debt, it IS a BIG deal! Hello, we owe countries money, money we borrowed, and money you are saying we can never pay back? How does that work? Are we not the land of the free and opportunity? How can we have opportunity if we do not have the money? How are we the richest country in the world, when we are so far in debt—you know the thing that shows we have no money? Oh yeah America, the national debt does not exactly bring pleasant thoughts to people’s minds. No, instead, it makes people cringe, grumble, and both utter and loudly proclaim negative thoughts. Debt, let alone national debt, is something that is not talked about, when in all actuality, the more attention that is brought to it, the better.
America, I understand you had your people’s best intentions in mind when you borrowed money, but do you not think that once you started falling behind in payments, or had to borrow more that that was a red flag to tell you to stop? Not your brightest idea America. Quite frankly, the debt this nation is in makes me ashamed to live here and call this land, this dirt under my feet my home. All that is there is lies and deceit. In all actuality, we are all homeless. We pay on homes with money we do not have. What about all the other goods we purchase as well—is that money as good as monopoly money?
America, you got us into this mess in World War II when you decided to trick your patrons into giving bonds so you would not have to pay them back. You are no better than the devil himself! He is full of lies, trickery, and deceit same as you. You made the patrons believe what they were giving was getting us out of the Great Depression, and while it helped, I wonder how much of it was still false beliefs. Were we really in a depression, or was it all a ploy by the government in which they created the situation, and then created a “solution” to get us out of the depression to make us feel better about ourselves?
America, you have two buildings called Mints where money is produced. Did you forget about those? Why not produce more money in order to fix your debt problem? Yes, that is right, I said “your”, not “our” because I did NOT have any part in this debt problem, oh no, that was all you—you can take the credit all for yourself. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know—inflation. Here is my question though; can you inflate money you do not have? It does not make sense to me how you can have patrons in your country earning money, while you yourself are in debt—you are the one that gives us money. Perhaps you are not in debt at all. Perhaps this is all a scheme of yours to scare your people and to encourage saving so that enough will be saved up for you to whisk it away again! I am too smart for that one America. You did not pull the wool over my eyes. I am going to spend my money so I can get money flowing through the economy—you are not taking my money from me!
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