Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Chuck Heath, Jr. weighed in on the presidential debate, focusing on something that his sister, Governor Palin, speaks passionately about: energy--and President Obama's refusal to develop our own, particularly in Alaska. He also pointed out the fiscal quagmire America finds herself in.
On Facebook, he wrote:
I'm not going to comment on everything that was said, but I have to weigh in on the energy debate. I watched Obama and Romney go back and forth on the subject and the only thing that was going through my mind was, why are we paying over $4.00 per gallon for gas when we're obviously not responsibly exploiting our own domestic resources? Just this past August, the current administration locked up another 11.5 million acres of land in Alaska's strategic petroleum reserve. These are lands with proven petroleum reserves that were set aside for emergencies years ago by the Federal Government. We are currently subsidizing other countries off-shore drilling efforts while locking up our own. This makes no sense at all to me... if you can explain their rationale, I'm all ears.
Chuck, Jr. then shared some facts and figures that ought to alarm everyone:
Another thing that's been on my mind is these mind-boggling monetary figures that the candidates keep throwing out. A trillion here, a trillion there... Here's some statistics that my dad passed on to me regarding the trillion dollar comments:
-If you wanted to count to one million, and you said one number every second, 24 hours a day, it would take you twelve days.
-If you wanted to count to a billion, it would take 32 years.
-If you wanted to count to a trillion, it would take 32,000 years!
-If you stacked one trillion silver dollars on top of each other, the stack would be equivalent to five and a half million Empire State Buildings stacked together.
These are huge, scary numbers and I'm afraid that too many people out there don't comprehend the kind of debt we're in now. Blame it on whoever you want, but something drastic needs to change or we're sunk. We were told four years ago that our debt would be cut in half by now and instead, it's almost doubled.
I look at my three children and all I want is for them to have a safer, more economically secure, and more peaceful future than we have now.
Read the full piece and see a picture of his precious little girl here.