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Government is a ticking time bomb

Former Sen. Alan Simpson and former chief of staff Erskine Bowles were interviewed on the CBS News the other night. These two men have been charged with finding a way out of the fiscal mess this country is in. One is a Democrat and one is a Republican, if that has any significance. Unlike their colleagues in Congress they were in complete agreement on their findings. Our government is a ticking financial time bomb. Unless something is done about spending, and soon, this country will not survive in the form we have grown to know it.

Deep cuts will be needed and there are no sacred cows. A more equitable tax structure needs to be put in place. These men spoke the truth about the problem but already the outcry has started in Washington to pay no attention to them. This is coming from the real people who can't handle the truth.

I have written before about the national debt and some have called me a fear monger. Well I have at least I have two men on my side now. This is not going to be pretty. There are going to be riots and insults from a whole generation of people who have grown up living off the government. There will be more jeers from rich people who will have to start paying taxes on the money they traditionally have sheltered. Plenty of hurt to go around people. But if it doesn't happen, then this will be the beginning of the end for this country. Let me take back that word beginning. It's already started-- and now, the question is can we stop it. Let me rephrase that sentence too. Do we have the guts to stop it?

Mike Holst


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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