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Opinion

March 25, 2013

Let's have real 'adult conversations'

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As they surrounded the governor, the young people held signs, some with one-word slogans such as “compassion,” “equity” and “courage.”

It’s a pity no one has the “courage” to tell these young people the truth: The politicians they so willingly serve are bankrupting their futures. There is no free lunch. Someone, someday will have to pay for all the marvelous programs and initiatives purchased today with borrowed or squandered money. Guess who, kids!

Massachusetts is struggling to claw its way out of a recession. The state’s tax-supported debt is among the highest in the nation. Its pension system is woefully underfunded. Yet Patrick wants to raise taxes on every wage-earner in the state, not to reduce debt or meet prior commitments but so he can spend $1.9 billion per year more.

By all means, let’s have an adult conversation. Let’s send the kids home and talk about the wisdom and propriety of a state spending away its future and making promises it can never keep.

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