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Reader Opinion: Political parties take note

People often refer to our United States Government as a democracy, and it is to an extent, but a true democracy is not possible to attain. The form of government the United States has had is actually a democratic republic. Since our Declaration o...

People often refer to our United States Government as a democracy, and it is to an extent, but a true democracy is not possible to attain. The form of government the United States has had is actually a democratic republic. Since our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776, the U.S. government has accumulated a staggering national debt. At the time of the inauguration of our 44th President, Obama, in January 2009, the total accumulated debt from 43 previous administrations, of both Democratic and Republican persuasions, appears to be about $9.9 trillion U.S. dollars. In January 2017 when President Trump was sworn in, the total national debt had grown to about $19.5 trillion U.S. dollars and is continuing to grow alarmingly. Under the Obama administration, when Democrats had control of the White House, and Congress at least part of the time, our total national debt roughly doubled. An obviously unsustainable rate. The rate of increase did not merely double. Our government had spent as much more than it took in by as much as the total shortfall of all 43 prior Presidents over 240 years. In that eight year period, we did not accomplish any long term goals-double our highways, or eliminate poverty, or fight a world war-but we managed to spend or give away a lot of cash, and accomplished nothing of substance to show for it. Both political parties please take note-election time is here and it's time for our votes to be counted. I heartily agree with the admonition of a recent letter writer who in his letter advised, "Vote only for people who want to move us back to a sane (and sustainable) democratic republic."

Jim Perrin

Lake Hubert

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