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March 26, 2013

Our view: 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 that 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.

By all means, let’s send the kids home and have an adult conversation. There is a real discussion to be had, for example, over the spending needed to repair our state’s crumbling infrastructure. Of course, for a conversation to occur, both sides need to listen.

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