I am a World War II veteran who is very concerned about what is happening to my country. The biggest difference is that in WWII, taxes were raised to their highest level ever and the war costs were mostly paid off at war's end. Relative prosperity followed, with a surplus until just 12 years ago.
Taxes have not been raised to pay for the current wars and the new Department of Homeland Security. Instead, taxes were lowered twice, adding further to the debt which is now a record $15 trillion. Paying off this debt has been put off -- indefinitely.
In WWII, all Americans sacrificed. Now only the armed forces are sacrificing.
In WWII, the country was united and Congress got things done. Now the country is divided and Congress is gridlocked, spending most of its time on politics instead of getting things done. Compromise has disappeared.
In WWII, decency and goodwill prevailed. Now it's bitterness and hatred.
In WWII, campaign donations were modest. Now donations are unlimited and expenditures are enormous. As many millions as needed are spent to win elections.
In WWII, taxes were a patriotic duty, willingly paid. Now taxes are to be avoided and are reluctantly paid.
Once it was country above party. Now it's party above country.
The theory that the debt can be paid by more tax cuts and reducing government is a fantasy. The obsession against raising taxes threatens to ruin this country. We are all living beyond our means. Everyone's taxes should be raised to begin paying off the debt ASAP. Our debt should not be passed on for future generations to pay.