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Letter: Let’s start over and do it right this time

We are coming to the end of 16 years of uncontrolled spending and have accumulated a 19 trillion dollar debt. That is about 50 thousand dollars for every man, woman and child in the United States. We have made no plans to reduce this debt. We cannot afford (financially and morally) to keep on this same path.

We can no longer take money from half the people who earn with the sweat of their brow or with their innovative skills and then give it to anyone who is capable of working. Many people with disabilities find a way to earn a living. We do need to provide food and shelter for those unable to help themselves but not the lazy.

So back to the "Do It Right This Time". With a new president with successful business management experience we can switch to a Zero Based Budgeting and a Balanced Budget and stop spending money we don’t have.

Here are a few axioms we can apply with a new president;

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of it.

2. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

3. What one person receives without working for another must work without receiving.

4. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

If we chose the other option this November we will continue down the same path and will continue buying votes with tax payer dollars and not move those that are dependent on government programs to financial independence and a higher self-worth.

Let’s change to a path of fiscally responsible governing and make our country great again.

Jerry Grudem

Park Rapids