Most of us know that our government is in disastrous financial shape, which should be of great concern to all of us. An intelligent person prepares for the worst and hopes for the best. Our situation reminds me of the logo that Simon Black, the author of “Sovereign Man,” an economic newsletter, has on his letterhead: “There are two ways to sleep good at night...Be ignorant or be prepared.”
I am concerned about our country’s future, not so much for myself at my age, even though I do expect to live for some time yet, but for our children and grandchildren, both yours and mine. In light of today’s economic problems, I believe that Mr. Black’s slogan is very appropriate. My question is, Why are so many uninformed? Are they simply blasé as to what is happening around them and living in a dream world? Or is it low intelligence and the inability to comprehend?
For those of us aware of this devastating situation, we better do what we can to help others realize that in order to survive, some planning has to be done. We know that Congress sends money to all of the states for various programs and we know that those dollars, if there are any next year, will be greatly reduced. So what does that mean to us here in Montana? It means that we must be sure that each candidate in next year’s election has the principals and philosophy needed to cut the “waste” and do what’s necessary to keep Montana in good financial shape—and search for ways to create jobs for Montanans. Also, the candidates must be willing to take the heat, because doing what is both right and necessary won’t be easy.
Fred Carl, Sr.