[QUOTE=shakin318;2840998]There were horrible injustices, too many to count, for ages. But I have to go back and answer your question with the same questions. How do we define the debt? How do we know when it's paid off? Aren't those programs you listed payment? What percentage of the debt is considered paid off by those programs? What do we owe the other ethnic groups and races that were horribly oppressed? Who is "we?" As relative successes, aren't you and me "we?" Or is it just me? Does "we" include white trailer trash in Appalachia?
Clearly it would be impossible to arrive at concrete answers to the questions...and I don't expect that we will here today. So I'll just say that I appreciate and respect your replies, and leave it at that.[/QUOTE]
Gotcha.....I agree, this issue has a ton of depth and complexity, and to spend the time necessary to explore these arguments on a message board is moot.
I will say though, that I define we as "all of us." The way I contribute to paying back "the country's debt," Is through not only my tax dollars (no matter how minute that might be), but through donating some of my time and money to underprivileged communities here in Chicago (Black, Latino, and Polish residents).