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The Fiscal Future? who cares!
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Essay by:Elizabeth Shenk
Emporia State University
There are an awful lot of rumors flying around about the National Debt that our country is falling into. Almost everywhere I go people are throwing out their personal opinion about what our government could be doing better to bail us all out of this jam. I’ve heard that this is the worst it’s been since the depression, and that things will continue in their downward spiral toward doom. Students in my earlier class just today were talking about their own personal debt, someone had read that about eighty percent of American citizen’s personal debt is not due to living outside of their means, but to unapid medical bills that they don’t have the financial backing to take care of. Most of our debt was related to credit cards and student loans.
I should probably be paying a lot more mind to exactly what is going on in our country today, I never registered to vote, or even bothered to watch any of the debates for the presidency. I think maybe I have a hard time being interested in it all because of the fact that it just plain doesn’t matter how interested I am, there’s nothing my vote could do to make Kansas a democratic state, just like there’s nothing I can come up with on how to pull our country out of this huge hole of debt that we’ve apparently tripped into. All I can do is criticize and grumble.
Although America has elected President Barak Obama without my help, I agree with their decision. The only thing that’s going to turn this ugly situation around is change. Whether or not this change will be what we need to get back on the right track, I don’t know. But it’s gotten George Bush out of office, so that has got to be a start to something new. My own dad shares in the republican belief that what’s mine is mine, and yours is yours, I shouldn’t have to share my hard-earned money with anyone else, whether they’re falling drastically behind or not. I love my dad, but how is that opinion going to help our rapidly deteriorating situation? There’s going to have to be some distribution going on somewhere, or we’ll just keep pulling money out of thin air and creating a bigger sink-hole. Perhaps Obama will be capable of making the changes necessary to fix the problems we have, and turn our economy into a flourishing one.
Seemingly, in my unfortunately uneducated opinion, America has had a turn around stage after most of the wars we get ourselves into, so If someone more involved than I can figure out a way to get our troops back home where they belong without cramming any more of our inflated freedom beliefs down Iraqui throats, we might be able to get ourselves turned back around where we belong and focus on our own problems. Like educating bored, lazy students like myself who have virtually no clue what is going on in the world outside of Emporia.
As I mentioned earlier, we have seemed to pull ourselves up for air again after most wars in a sense, and I think in about eight years or less, we’ll repeat the same feat and do it again, it’s just an inopportune time for my peers and I to be entering the work force with the economy already in the tubes. As an art major, I should be more worried and up to date on what the heck I’ll do as a career after I’m done racking up more college related bills, because my options are certainly not endless. I’ll be entering the real world with tons of loans to pay, and no substantial wage to offer. This seemed to be the issue for most of my classmates too, who have stronger opinions on the state of affairs than I.
I am fully proficient at making a complaint about how this will personally effect me, as far as being able to pay off my loans and such. But as far as offering a significant solution to the problem, I’m worthless. Maybe the bigger problem is that there is an army of Americans just like me, who don’t know or care enough about the fiscal future of our own country. I don’t think I’m the only one who’s gotten comfortable in the belief that I’ll be taken care of by my government, and that things will just go on without me worrying about the important matters at hand. Personally, I haven’t met another Emporia State student yet who can tell me something I don’t know about bailing us out of this mess we’re in. As a whole, we’ll probably just keep running our credit card bills up at the local bars, and enjoying our christmas break with the fiscal future very far from our minds.
»A new report finds the main problem in getting the public to deal with our fiscal problems isn't opposition to tax increases or spending cuts -- it's their lack of trust in the government to spend their money wisely.