Except for a passing reference, President Barack Obama ignored the largest challenge facing future generations: our out-of-control spending and debt. While Obama hit a lot of applause lines, especially with liberals during his second inaugural address, the president gave short shrift to the spending problem that has put the nation at its borrowing limit of more than $16 trillion.
We recognize that the debt is not entirely Obama's fault, but as president, the overspending is his problem, and given his remarks on Monday, it doesn't appear to be something that's a priority.
Instead, the president talked about spending for programs to help educate future generations, renewable energy, continue entitlements and more.
"But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future," Obama said.
We believe Americans largely agree that our nation must aid our aged and try to ensure our children are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. We believe most Americans support aid to those affected by disasters. That's clearly evident from the outpouring of aid that follows such tragedies. The same caring attitude also is extended to people who face troubles from losing a job or suffering a major medical issue
But we believe many Americans also are concerned about the level of spending and how the financial obligations being accrued will affect their children and grandchildren, who will have to pay the bills.
That was sadly missing from Obama's address. The only mention was: "We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit."
Americans in general want an economically, socially and militarily strong nation. We want to be a land where equality and prosperity are shared.
We want to take care of our sick and our poor. But a sizable segment also doesn't want to saddle future generations with our bills.
Sadly, given the president's inaugural address, it's not a major priority for him.
- The Altoona Mirror