- - Monday, May 26, 2014

It seems that all the Republican candidates for this year’s elections are saying they will lower the national debt. All of them seem to be saying that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off the debt if we leave it unchecked. However, with what generation is this payback supposed to start, exactly?

The United States has had this large national debt for years, probably long enough for this unnamed generation to start paying it off. How are we to expect that our children and grandchildren can even start to pay this debt when all those in power now can only give it lip service?

Republicans are adamantly opposed to cutting the military budget. I ask, from a Democrat’s view, why should the military budget be so high when our veterans cannot even get proper care? The idea that the Veterans Affairs budget somehow comes from a different pot of money is a royal cop-out. The military must take care of its own in a far better manner than it is doing now.

The Democrats are adamantly opposed to cutting entitlement programs. I am on two of these entitlements, but that is not to say that many people and I cannot afford a small decrease.

The bottom line is that we are the generation that must start paying back this huge debt, or it will never start to be paid off. Our children and grandchildren learn from us.

TIMOTHY MONROE BLEDSOE

North Augusta, S.C.