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Tom Purcell

National debt is out of control

Breaking news: Federal spending is out of control.
I’m kidding, of course. Spending, deficits and debt have been out of control for years. It’s just that last week we broke yet another record.
For the first time in our nation’s history, federal spending topped $3 trillion in a fiscal year’s first eight months, according to last week’s Monthly Treasury Statement.
How much is $3 trillion? According to Kiplinger, $3 trillion would pay the salaries of every member of the U.S. Congress for the next 32,336 years.

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Danny Tyree

The year without a Father’s Day

“This is the time to remember, ‘cause it will not last forever.” — Billy Joel
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend a record $16 billion on Father’s Day this year.
But how many more decades can the necktie-and-hammer gravy train possibly last? My father was almost 35 when he became a father. I was almost 44 when I became a father. Considering recent trends in society, if my son Gideon keeps up the family tradition, will there still even be a Father’s Day when he’s old enough to bask in its glories?

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Christine Flowers

Transgender bathroom case nothing like school desegregation

I was recently watching a cartoon marathon of The Flintstones with some fourth graders, and when the last line of the theme song blared from the TV, a 10-year-old girl looked up at me and said, “Were the Flintstones gay?”
For a minute, I had no idea why the sexual orientation of Fred, Wilma, or Dino was an issue, until I listened closely to the lyrics: “When you’re with the Flintstones / Have a yabba-dabba-doo time / A dabba-doo time / We’ll Have a Gay Old Time.” I realized that a 10-year-old would not remember a time when the word gay just meant happy.

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Tom Purcell

America needs another baby boom

America’s declining birthrate has given me pause.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of babies born in the United States in 2018 was the lowest in 32 years, continuing what NBC News calls “a decades-long trend toward fewer and fewer babies being born each year.”
That means fewer young people to support an increasingly aging population. Hey, young people! We need you to have kids who’ll pick up our Social Security and Medicare bills 15 or 20 years from now!

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