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Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022
Good Thursday Morning to You!

Does any amount of personal debt make you cringe? Many of you are nodding your head. But what about the debt of our nation? For most of us, the number is so large that we can't begin to comprehend what it means. In fact, most Americans today can’t even recall the number. So how much is it?

Well, the gross national debt of the United States set a new record on Monday at $31 trillion. One trillion dollars is a million dollars multiplied by a million. Or, put another way, a thousand billion. It has 12 zeroes. And that’s just one trillion. Multiply all those examples by 31. This is not a record we should ever want to break, and, unfortunately, this comes just nine months after the gross debt exceeded $30 trillion in January.

Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, said in a press release: “In the past 18 months, we’ve witnessed inflation rise to a 40-year high, interest rates climbing in part to combat this inflation, and several budget-busting pieces of legislation and executive actions. Just in 2022, Congress and the President have approved a combined $1.9 trillion in new borrowing, and President Biden has approved $4.9 trillion in new deficits since taking office. We are addicted to debt.”

Unfortunately, she is right. And you can’t blame it all on one political party or one person. Every legislator, and anyone else who has pushed them to borrow and borrow and borrow, has responsibility in this ridiculous debt.

For decades now, lawmakers have chosen to avoid this very serious issue. Just five years ago, our country had $20 trillion in gross debt — and that seemed unbelievable at the time. Much of that new borrowing was certainly necessary to deal with issues related to COVID, but the most severe of those pandemic challenges are behind us.

It is time for our elected officials to budget responsibly, and here are two reasons why: Medicare is six years from insolvency, and Social Security is 12.

As 2022 closes, it is time to remind policymakers that dealing with the national debt is their job. MacGuineas suggests they commit to no further borrowing in 2022, noting that “it cannot be too much to ask that they practice paying for their priorities by abstaining from any new borrowing for just three months.”

Seems reasonable to me.

Have a thoughtful Thursday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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From the Food Dude

Fried Chicken Festival returned to New Orleans last weekend after a two-year COVID stall. More than 107,000 people attended. The highest individual award went to Andre Prince of Prince's Fried Chicken in Nashville. She sells pan-fried, 35-minute chicken in an edgy neighborhood while staying open way past midnight and cashing payroll checks. Gateway Market in Des Moines studied her chicken while creating their recipe. The Best Fried Chicken of the year award went to Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, a West Tennessee based chain whose closest stores to Des Moines are in the Kansas City, Kansas, area and at Fulton Market in Chicago. — Jim Duncan

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FROM KCCI: City of Des Moines unveils plan to revitalize Southeast 14th

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FROM WHO-TV: Perry High School cancels rest of varsity football season

PERRY, IOWA — Perry High School plans to forfeit the final three games of their varsity football season after a string of injuries has left them unable to safely field a team. Perry Athletic Director Katelyn Whelchel made the announcement with a statement released on Wednesday morning.. ...READ MORE FROM WHO-TV

FROM WOI-DT Local 5: Go bananas, Des Moines — Savannah Bananas are coming to Principal Park in 2023

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Savannah Bananas are coming to Des Moines as part of their 2023 Banana Ball World Tour. The team, which plays Banana Ball — a wacky version of baseball intended to get audiences laughing, dancing and joining in — will stop at Principal Park on Aug. 25, 2023....READ MORE FROM WOI-DT Local 5

Best Of Des Moines 2022

CITYVIEW announced its 2022 Best Of Des Moines readers' choices Feb.1. You can find all the results from the poll in the February issue of CITYVIEW magazine!

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Meet Adam Jones

School counselor see growth in students

By Ashley Rullestad

Adam Jones enjoys being a part of the Dallas Center Grimes school community. He's been living in Grimes since 2002 and teaching in Grimes for 19 years. He and his wife, Steph, have four children: Jackson, now a freshman at Buena Vista University; Jaden, a junior at DCG; Tessa, an eighth-grade student at DCG; and Taeya, a sixth grader at DCG. This upcoming basketball season will be Adam’s eighth season as the head girls basketball coach, and, for the last 11 years, he has been an assistant coach in the boys basketball program. He currently serves as the school counselor at Northridge Elementary school. 

“The responsibilities of that role would include teaching 19 guidance classes; helping students succeed personally, socially and academically in individual and small group settings; and responding to other needs at Northridge Elementary.”

... Read More In the September issue of Grimes Living magazine.

Birthdays and Notables!

Congratulations Joe and Christina Logsdon, owners of La Mie bakery are celebrating 20 years of business on Oct. 8. 

Happy Birthday Erin Schmitz!

Happy Birthday to these celebrities: Elisabeth Shue, Britt Ekland, Amy Jo Johnson, Jeremy Sisto, Olivia Thirlby, Jacqueline Obradors, Tony Dungy

SUBMIT: Send your birthday greetings and congratulatory notes to: tammy@iowalivingmagazines.com

Morning Chuckle
The answer to yesterday's riddle:
Why do eagles go to church?
THEY ARE BIRDS OF PRAY (PREY)! Shane Goodman, Lu Anne Gafford, Diane Doro, Gail Tomlinson, Gary Winter
Today's Riddle
What’s the fastest land mammal?
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