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ENTITLEMENTS: Cuts needed, not expansion

Letter by Chris R. Musselman, Tacoma on March 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | 5 Comments »
March 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Re: “Fiscal problems falling on the shoulders of children” (Katie Baird column, 3-15).

The last thing this country needs is to redefine entitlements to include the young. As a professor of economics, Baird clearly should recognize the financial straits we’re in and the ultimate harm this will do to our youth in burdening them with excessive debt.

Increasing this debt even further to “ensure all kids have guaranteed access to health care and quality preschools” misses the point: Entitlements will need to be reduced for everyone.

If she were to have made an economic argument to reduce retiree entitlements in favor of ensuring our youth a more promising future, I might have been supportive. The argument that the government just needs to spend even more money (the liberal answer to all of our problems) should have taken its final breath by now. Unfortunately, Baird couldn’t come up with something new.

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