The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


October 17, 2012

Readers' Forum 10-17 | Putting national debt in perspective

— The majority of people do not realize how big our national debt is.

One million seconds is 12 days. One billion seconds is more than 31 years. One trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

If you spent a dollar a second, it would take 31,688 years to go through a trillion dollars. Now, you can visualize how big our $16 trillion debt is.

America has promised its citizens tens of trillions more in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, etc.

Laurence Kotlikoff, professor of economics at Boston University, puts America’s total liabilities at a mind-boggling $222 trillion.

Its not all due at once, but will be as America’s 80 million baby boomers retire.

Do you “libs” still believe you can give everybody, everything?

Ed Fabo


To vote Republican is like rewarding a crime

I received a document at church on the teachings of the U.S. bishops. It states, “We do not tell Catholics how to vote.”

We were also warned not to believe anyone who tells us differently.

To exercise a well-formed conscience in voting, we Catholics are to consider a candidate’s integrity, philosophy and record.

In this election especially, because of the Republicans’ intentions, people who believe they are voting pro-life will actually be voting to increase the number of abortions.

Obamacare is a case in point. Studies have shown that living in poverty directly influences the number of abortions. When Congress helped more than 20 million needy citizens obtain medical insurance they could not exclude any lawful medical procedures. That would require a new law.

Some worry that this insurance would compel a Catholic hospital to pay for an employee’s abortion. This is highly unlikely because hospitals pay good wages and an employee would not be living in poverty.

When it comes to the treatment of gays, Democracy and Christianity have another characteristic in common. They advocate that everyone be treated fairly. We leave the judging to God, as intended.

I could never vote for Mitt Romney, who  terminated thousands of American jobs with total disregard for everyone.

The party of “no” has been held hostage for four years. To vote Republican would be like rewarding someone for breaking all of the windows in your house.

Regis Hynes

West End

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