Letter: Balanced budget amendment makes long-term debt legal

Small segments of people are driving most of the political hate.

They exist on social media platforms, joining new ones as they are kicked off by others. They seemingly exist to have conflict and violence. They get on TV to yell at each other and push their echo chamber beliefs.

We must remember they are the minority. Most of us agree on most outstanding issues.

We believe our taxes are too high. We believe the government spends too much money. We think people should be free to live their lives, but not to an extent to hurt other people around them. We believe that those living in tough times require help. We do not like policing the world. We appreciate free trade because it gives us goods we can afford. We want an immigration system to let people in but keep people out if they seek to come here illegally.

From these agreements, and others, we develop disagreements on the solutions, but we can’t let that divide and break us socially.

Take the Indiana constitutional amendment. It is called a Balanced Budget amendment. It takes what is illegal, long-term debt, as very short-term debt is already legal, and makes it legal if two-thirds of the legislature approves it. It makes long-term debt legal! Think about that. Is that something you want to approve, making long-term debt legal for the State government?

It is about taking your principles and beliefs, then applying it. I personally, cannot approve an amendment like that. The heart is in the right place, but the language of the amendment is suspect.

Will the amendment cause the end of the world? No. It just isn’t worth voting YES on in my opinion.

If we stick to loving our neighbors as Christ loved us, living out life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, we will be having a more civil society. Everyone can see we have issues to address, but we can address them together, educating each other, finding that common ground and building our community off of that.

Adrian Engelberth
Jasper

2 Responses to Letter: Balanced budget amendment makes long-term debt legal

  1. Matt October 31, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    While I agree with most of your points, I’m not always for lower taxes. I do want taxes to be spent efficiently though. For example, I would rather pay 10% more in taxes and get free healthcare than pay 20% of my income to a private company, have them object to everything, generate huge amounts of paperwork for doctors, and still end up with another 10% or more of my income.

    I’ve actually been telling this to people. Take abortion for example. The compromise that has been worked out keeps everyone unhappy, but it follows the primary sentiment of most people in the US. Seventy percent of people believe that abortion should be legal during the first tri-mester and ninety percent of abortions take place during the first tri-mester. This drops down to thirty-five percent during the second trimester where roughly 9.5% of the abortions take place. Most people think it should be illegal during the third tri-mester and it mostly is except in cases of mother dying which only occur less than 100 times per year (and choosing between the life of the child and mother is a difficult decision). Also, the rate of abortions has been decreasing steadily over the last 30 years. Assuming neither pro-life nor pro-choice people will ever go away, this is a nice compromise between the two positions (although few people see it that way).

  2. Mrs. Ima Ruth Green October 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

    I heartily agree with your last paragraph plus a couple of other similar assessments here, but I do NOT agree that “most of us agree on most outstanding issues.” I don’t think even half of us agree on half of the issues, but DO agree we surely shouldn’t be allowing even those differences and disagreements, et al, to be reasons for inflicting hurt and harm, violence, etc. WE are responsible for our actions – not the issues or even the passions of/for them – and WE must control our choices and actions so as not to hurt or harm others, first not by words but most certainly not by any deeds. It isn’t Trump or Obama or our other politicians, or Hollywood or the Church, etc – it’s WE THE PEOPLE – individually – and if WE all each do our own part to not allow these differences to boil over, WE can change and improve things from what they are (becoming). Yes, easier said than done for all of us and not trying to over-simplify it – but possible by our actions of allowing others to simply, freely and respectfully have differing opinions. Even if not resolved, there’s no reason for intimidation, threats, hurt and harm – and THAT is what must change by our actions that WE can and must control.