The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be
submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of
issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and
defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these
editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and
to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not
represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student
$17,483,212,068,714; this is our National Debt as of
time this editorial is being written, and by the time it is being read,
it will have increased by an approximately additional $12.2 billion.
This is a huge problem and will lead to future problems in our country.
As citizens, we tend to blame the government for this and pass the
responsibility off to someone else. This takes pressure off of us, but
this will not go away unless we take responsibility for this problem.
the United States we have a representative democracy which means that
the people hold the power and the government reflects the actions of the
people. Knowing this allows us to comprehend our government’s debt when
our total consumer debt is $11.32 trillion. To me this is staggering.
Our attitude i has been transformed into a buy now pay later mentality.
If this is not switched then it will ruin the United States. This
mentality is already established with credit cards which takes up a huge
chunk of our economy. Individual credit card debt is $15,273 per
Our whole country needs to come out of debt to really
change it for the better. I have been told that I (we) must learn from
history in order to not repeat it. Learn from Rome, which was once
considered unstoppable and everlasting, but as we know it fell apart
with debt being a major issue. I’m not implying that the United States
will fall apart, but the issue of debt will continue to harm our country
until a solution is found.
What I don’t understand is why do
people buy what they cannot afford. The term that people need to adopt
is classical republicanism. This is sacrificing an individual’s
self-interest for the good of society as a whole. This could be in the
form of spending what one can be afforded. Only when the United States’
citizens takes responsibility for this and form a sense of
accountability, will this country overcome debt. Until then the United
States will be hindered by the growing problem of debt.