U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said on a recent podcast that the constantly-increasing federal debt imperils future generations and could rob them of their chance to pursue the American Dream.
Blackburn said this on the talk show, Over-Caffeinated.
The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a Nashville-based free market think tank, produces the online show.
“What I will not do is for the sake of bipartisanship pass things that are part of the socialist Democratic Party agenda, which we see taking place in this$1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which is only 25 percent about infrastructure. Then on top of that the $3.5 trillion budget, which turned into $4.2 trillion by the time it was presented. Now we are hearing it’s $5 trillion and then the $2 trillion they have already done in spending,” Blackburn said.
“What they are doing is pushing our national debt to the stratosphere with what they are trying to push. Within 10 years we will be well above $40 trillion in debt. Putting this in perspective, if you look at the debt history from George Washington to George W. Bush, our nation’s debt was at $10.6 trillion. Then Barack Obama and Joe Biden double it. Then Donald Trump added to it and COVID added to it. And now Biden in the first six or seven months is going to push us up over $30 trillion. This is astounding, the amount of debt. It is as if there is no respect for the taxpayer.”
Beacon Center President Justin Owen said on the podcast that Americans should discuss the debt, but, unfortunately, they are too busy attacking and belittling one another.
Blackburn said it’s immoral to ram the federal deficit up to these levels.
“I’ve got a granddaughter that is about to turn one-year-old. Her share of our nation’s debt is $83,000. What does that do to her version of the American dream? Her desires? Her hopes?” Blackburn asked.
“Why would we selfishly, in order to get programs that will outlive their usefulness by the time she earns a paycheck, why would we choose to burden our children? Why would we limit their opportunity? Why would we sacrifice their chance of the American dream or of our freedoms?”
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