Buckeye Back Road Tour cont.: On the current ‘financial crisis’… Foreclosures seem to be starting a chain reaction. A homeowner is foreclosed upon when they can’t pay the mortgage anymore. This begs the question: How many people are simply living beyond their means these days? Sure there’s inflation. And yes, variable rate mortgages are going up. So in the face of this, many could adjust by, say, living more simply, and creatively (like house-sharing). This should be how we approach the National Debt as well. That is, the Federal Government should: tighten it’s belt and come up with creative ways to pay it off. Note: During a talk I gave to a group of Amish in Kidron, Ohio, during Campaign 2004, one man said he had a fool proof answer to keeping the National Budget out of the red: First, we should have someone in D.C. with “a caluculator that works,” he said. And secondly, we should use this calculator to count up how much tax money has come in in a given year. “Then we shouldn’t spend any more than what’s come in,” he added. A lot of people might look at this as tremendously over-simplified, even naive. But is it? Maybe it is, indeed, the simple common sense way we should have been approaching this thing all along. I think it is.