The American people are the real losers in this debt contest amongst the Washington, D.C. elite. While I understand the approach used by some elected politicians to bring attention to the damage more debt will cause this country was ill conceived, the subject deserves the attention of every taxpaying citizen.

The American people are the real losers in this debt contest amongst the Washington, D.C. elite. While I understand the approach used by some elected politicians to bring attention to the damage more debt will cause this country was ill conceived, the subject deserves the attention of every taxpaying citizen.


Our national debt has grown from $9 trillion in 2008 to almost $17 trillion in 2013. The debt has almost doubled in five years. This astonishing growth now exceeds 100 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods and services. This translates to $52,909 for every person living in the U.S.


The new debt limit will only encourage the elite in our nation’s capitol to kick the can down the road. If this trend is not abated, the interest we will pay in the near future will far exceed what we can afford or generate in the form of taxes, a black hole which will be almost impossible to escape.


At some point in the not too distant future some adult is going to wake up and say this has to stop. But until then, the "you owe me" and "what about my rights?" groups will keep sending the all too willing politicians up north to keep that borrowed money flowing.


There was a time when responsibility and accountability were virtues which were not only taught at home, but to be emulated as well. This applied not only to individuals but was applied to our nation as well.


Thomas Jefferson once said: "To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association — ‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.’"