Sustainability — I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

December 3, 2010 07:13

In 2009, for every dollar the Federal government spent from this generation (ie current taxes) it spent over 70 cents from future generations (ie debt).

Warren Meyer at


For our purposes, the definition used by the United Nations in 1987 is as fair as any. The UN held that an approach is sustainable if it meets the needs of the current generation without comprising the ability of future generations to pursue their own goals.

It’s time to focus our sustainability concerns on what really matters. Remember the Left’s own definition of sustainability: To pursue prosperity for ourselves in a way that does not undermine the ability of future generations to do the same.

When I turned 18, the Federal debt as a percent of GDP hovered around 25%. When my son reaches 18, it likely will be over 100%. Is there any field where American’s behavior was any less sustainable than Federal spending? Is there any entity that uses resources robbed from future generations more than the Federal government?

Let’s make sustainability mean what it is supposed to mean, and start cutting Federal spending.


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