In general, I am financially conservative. I am against debt, reckless spending, and additional government taxes. But I also look to the future.
Sometimes if you spend a dollar now – say, on a minor household repair – you save $ 10 later – by preventing an expensive water leak or electrical fire. That is money well spent.
Money for the education of a child or for starting a lucrative new company is well invested, because you will benefit from it later. I also agree with government infrastructure spending and carbon pricing that make the world a better place for my children and society as a whole.
You can tell what a person – or a nation – values by their spending. Do we value American leadership and want successful companies of the future? If so, we will spend a lot to achieve a green economy. Do we value the public health and safety of our communities? If so, we will spend a lot to switch from environmentally harmful, climate change fuels to clean energy.
Climate disasters have extraordinary costs, and who pays for them? We the people, of course. Climate change is not a victimless crime.
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