Still in Mt Airy, North Carolina (aka Mayberry ): The boys and I walked about downtown here looking at Andy Griffith Show memorabilia and passing out campaign cards. We came across three older women gathered around a park bench. I passed out some cards and one of the women, who was a retired school teacher, said rather tongue-in-cheek: “I know, when you get to D.C. you’re going to lower our taxes.” I responded: “Not exactly.” I said the current debt is almost $13 trillion dollars and I didn’t want our seven-year-old son inheriting it. I also said I just read that there are currently some 173 different types of tax breaks written into the tax code. And if a number of these were eliminated, we could actually balance the budget in a relatively short time. I then added that we were in “Mayberry.” And one of the attributes “Mayberry” represents is good-old- fashion frugality. So wouldn’t this frugality mean we should tighten our collective belts in America, do without some of these tax breaks, and (Are you ready for this?) actually pay the debt off. Note: I learned all three of these women were retired school teachers from Cumberland County, North Carolina. One of them, Leigh Furmage, was a science teacher who regularly spent her own money on lab equipment, and so on, to get things the school budget didn’t allow for.