Monday, October 22, 2012

Hypocrisy And Government Debt Burden On Future Generations

Conservatives claim to be very worried about the impact of government debt on future generations.  They justify their austerity programs by arguing that future generations will be responsible for paying back the debt of the current generation.  If they were really concerned about the legacy that we are leaving to future generations they would also be worried about the environment that we will leave to them.  Instead they argue that the current generation would have to pay too high of a price to reduce the impact of climate change on future generations.  They would rather continue to over consume fossil fuels and avoid paying the taxes required to address the problem.  This is sheer hypocrisy.  They are less concerned about future generations than they are about funding government investments that are needed to prepare the current generation for a future that will require a highly educated and healthy workforce. Their children don't need government funded healthcare or education.  Perhaps they do not even need a better environment.  The biggest impact of global warming will be on the poor who cannot easily escape from the impact.

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