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A,B or C? It’s really about the details

By JACK VAN ZANDT

“Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.”
― Gore Vidal

A frequent favorite of television media is to go to a college and ask basic questions of students.
“When did we gain our independence?”
1984?
“How many Senators do we have?”
Ahhh 7? 50?
So now we are going to have one of the most important elections in our history, and these students as well as many others are going to vote.
But on what basis? Many will vote for free college and free health care and the like. They have no problem with a borderless country.
In the late 1800s, William Graham Sumner developed the idea of the “forgotten man.”  Under this concept, if person A saw something he thought was wrong and affecting person X, then A would discuss it with B and create a law where persons A, B, and C resolve the problem of person X.
There’s nothing wrong with A and B helping X. What’s wrong is they indenture C.
And who is C?  The man whom they want to pay the bill.
Person C had no choice and was seldom thought of.  He or she was the taxpayer.  The forgotten man. The forgotten woman. The forgotten family.
With free college, for example, person C will be required by A and B to pay for person X’s education regardless of what it accomplishes.
When Person X graduates, he or she becomes person C, funding the education of a plethora of person Xs for their lifetime.
So a vote for free college is actually a vote for a lifetime of student loan payments.
When Person X goes to a free college, there is no financial consequence for the cost, success or failure of the education.
This opens the door for colleges to raise their rates to stratospheric levels to be paid by Person C.
Additionally, since Person X has no real skin in the game, he or she may or may not take courses that result in a productive career.
In the end, however, Person X becomes Person C and joins all the other Persons C who are paying student loans through higher taxes and/or reduced services and/or more debt for the rest of their lives.
This, in turn, feeds our national debt. Our unborn grandchildren will take on a near $20 trillion in debt when the new president takes office.
Current programs are estimated to balloon that debt to over $30 trillion and more in short order.
This is because persons A and B have not fulfilled their responsibility to person C. They have just lavished money on themselves, their interests, and persons X.
They have forgotten the impact on person C’s life.
This year, candidates have presented plans that need to be considered seriously when voting.
This is not the dribble you hear on the nightly TV news or reports about paid demonstrations, but plans to determine the way America will go in the future.
These are important and we need to understand what they will do in the long run.
Let’s forget whether there is an “R” or a “D” behind the name or whether “I” am getting free stuff or not, and consider the impact to our nation of each candidate’s plan.
Then let’s vote for the candidate whose plan will correct the problems, not the symptoms.