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Mark Trahant: Wake up America and smell the bills


"Legacy is a powerful word.

We human beings carry inside our souls a sense of duty about legacy. We want to pass along a piece of ourselves to those who would follow. This great idea of legacy is a human story, one that has been repeated for thousands of years. Our matriarchs and patriarchs chronicled in scriptures (and from many different perspectives) the idea of promise given to a daughter or a son. Sometimes we present to the next generation a family quilt, a fountain pen or a treasure. Here it is, take it. I am passing this on to you.

Legacy is literally to bequeath.

"We're on the cusp of a huge intergenerational transfer of wealth, but it's sort of in the opposite direction, from younger workers to older generations," said Alison Fraser from the Heritage Foundation. That idea "stands against much of what we believe and value as a society -- which is to leave things better off for those who follow us."

We are the American generation that only promises massive debt to those who will follow."

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Wake up, America! We've got to pay our bills (The Seattle Post-Intelligencer 12/3)

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