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Stop blaming

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Illinois is broke – $96 billion in unfunded pension obligations, caused by years of pillaging, abuse and neglect as the citizens of Illinois did nothing but live in ignorance and inaction.

America is broke – $86 trillion in unfunded entitlements. It’s a number so large that if you taxed every person and every corporation 100 percent of their taxable income, we still can’t pay this debt.

America is facing its greatest threat ever, yet we sit divided, living in ignorance and inaction, robbing the futures of our children and grandchildren.

The poor blame the rich because they surely must not have earned it. The rich blame the poor because they surely must not have tried. Employers blame the education system for not preparing their workers. Executives blame workers as lazy and entitled. Workers blame executives for being greedy and shortsighted. Republicans blame Democrats and Democrats blame Republicans.

Who is to blame? The evil rich? The lazy poor? Illegal immigrants? Teachers? Students? Parents? Management? Unions? Workers? Republicans? Democrats? Obama? Bush? Romney? Reagan? Roosevelt?

How about you and me?

It is time to stop blaming, and for each of us to do more and expect less. Let’s give our employers, our employees, our families and friends more than they expect. Let’s respect one another and give our best effort every day in everything we do. Let’s invest in our community and help those in need.

Many small efforts can become a great force! Let us be a beacon by which America may be saved.

Kirk Booher

Algonquin

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