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February 13th, 2009
11:25 AM ET

Don't mortgage our children's future

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Mark Sanford
Special to CNN

When a debate as important - both in terms of policy and politics - as the one currently rolling around our nation regarding the president's "stimulus" plan takes place, emotion often takes precedence over fact.

Words are ripped out of context, motives ascribed where none may exist, political strategies implemented with limited regard for actuality. This, then, is the playing field we step onto - as it has long been.

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Filed under: Economy • President Barack Obama
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    The handout mentality is killing us. There are lots of people out there who would like to have a job and who are hitting the streets everyday to find one, but we have a lot of people who just want more federal assistance. I say we need to encourage people to help themselves and others. If you receive federal or state assistance and are at all physically able you should have to payback with some kind of work . It instills pride, builds abilities, and takes away the free ride. The few cannot keep paying it all, and the few are generally the middle class. The rich find ways around the taxation, the poor pay none and the rest of the working middle class are drowning in frustration. I do not like paying other people's bills and do not want my children saddled with a debt they did not create which will keep them in relative poverty – if this country even manages to survive.

    February 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  2. Luis

    You thought global warming was a moral issue not a political issue?

    (By the way I don't believe in Global Warming, Its a fraud)

    This burden of debt onto the next generations of Americans is immoral.

    Just giving CNN special reports special ideas here. Did anybody see that ridiculous 6 Hour special on Obama and the comparisons with Abe Lincoln? This guy hasn't been in office for 1 month and CNN is already comparing the two.

    February 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  3. William of Iowa

    While conducting research on several points in your post, I came to the conclusion that the best response to it is contained in the first sentence, second paragraph of your remarks. Thank you for making your own point. It is difficult to accept a political point of view that in summation ascribes a moral element. Your worries, in concert with many others, that we will mortgage the futures of our children might be contrasted with the condition of a nation we leave to them should the choice be "doing nothing". Sir, would that not be "morally" wrong too? As Governor of South Carolina, will your moral decision be to exclude your state from accepting funding of any nature provided for by the "stimulus" plan?

    February 13, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  4. Chris K

    The banks just need to fess up on this one. The gov't gave them a window to spread the wealth (housing) and the banks kept most of that wealth,and insured it, with insurance. And both banks & insureurs got bailed out.Literally running away with the money. I can't believe there hasen't been any asasinations as of yet. My children will never do buisness with banks or the gov't.

    February 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  5. Linda

    My child's future – and mine – was mortgaged 8 years ago when Bush was elected and eventually dragged us into a war based on lies that has cost us trillions already with no end in sight. Billions of "reconstruction" funds for Iraq have disappeared with no accountablity. Billions more were pushed by Bush to bail out financial institutions that only used it to fund their bonuses, buy more banks, and make sure they all got their multi-million dollar salaries, golden parachutes, and R&R trips while raising credit card rates, refusing to loan money to the consumers who are paying their salaries, and refusing to negotiate with homeowners who are trying to hang on to their homes.
    Thank God we have this stimulus package! At least I know while I'm desperately trying to find a job I'll continue to have state health insurance for me and my child!

    February 13, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  6. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Someone has to pay the bill---we are going to pay now--and rightly so--our children will pay later---morally unacceptable--there are no moral or values when it comes to politics--and you should know that.

    February 13, 2009 at 11:37 am |