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.

 




Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

Elizabeth,

I think the fact that most people feel comfortable with our government is what has allowed our problems to escalate. I understand your reluctance to vote. Your voting won’t change Kansas into a Democratic state, but it’s still one of the surest ways to express yourself and to help ensure that the most suitable President is picked. As I’ve read through several of the essays on this website, I’ve come across numerous resolutions to help the national debt. Such resolutions include withdrawing from Iraq, saving more money, investing in infrastructure, and creating more jobs. What do you think of these ideas?

-Amber Vanderhofe


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Elizabeth,

I liked most of your thoughts about the election, i like how honest you were about your thoughts of the new president. I do feel that there will be a big change coming our way and i like the way you voiced your opinion.

Whitney Franklin


Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

Good job personalizing it and adding your thoughts. It was easy for me to relate to what you were talking about because you added in detailes about school. Your points were on topic also.

Taylor Northup


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Elizabeth,
I liked the fact that you addressed your opinion over the presidential election and your stance on it. I agree with you that the president-elect is going to be faced with an enormous economic burden once he takes office. Great paper!!
-Brandon Rich


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Elizabeth,

I think you really put yourself out there with your essay! You did a really great job of stating your opinions and justifying them. When the whole election started, I would have agreed with you on almost everything. I did not vote either. I am from Missouri and have a father and many friends who are Republican and stand whole heartidly behind it. However, from being in class and having everything be brought to my attention, my thoughts have changed somewhat. I dont think you should be so against voting and thinking that your opinion does not matter. Being educated about these topics might be more interesting than you think and your opinion does count for something! Just something to consider. Good job!

Ashley Goodloe


Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

Elizabeth: yes, I agree with you to some point but if we could work together we might be able to beat this recession that we are going through.

Maria Garcia


Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

You seem like a very honest and sincere person. You understand that there is not one solution to solve this nations problem and that is nice to hear. Everyone has an opinion and isn't willing to listen to others. You seem to be open minded.


Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

I would have to say that this paper was really good and you stuck to topic really well. I would have to say that you were right on when you were talking about that we have to work together if we want to get though the problems that we are dealing with right now. Overall i think that you did a great job.
Emma Sorensen


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Elizabeth

I think it's really cool that you are not afraid to state your opinion!! I do agree that it is hard to find something interesting about what is happening. It seems like they speak to people of hire intellecet, almost like they are in to much of a hurry to explain it to people!!

Whitney Cates


Re: Re: The Fiscal Future? who cares!

I feel like you have very strong feelings about what your writing which is always great.


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