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United States has $17.5 trillion in gross debt

To the editor:

The United States has over $17.5 trillion in gross debt and I have five grandchildren who will be responsible for some of that. I’m looking for candidates who have a plan to help us dig out of these IOUs.

That’s why I asked Sen. Rand Paul about his ideas when the senator was speaking at the West Side Conservative Club. Paul said he supports working to raise the retirement age gradually to age 70.

Of course, that alone won’t solve our debt problems. But it is a good start. And it’s an even better sign. Democrats and Republicans need to put all ideas on the table, realizing that the public might not like some of them. But we dug this hole because politicians would rather give out benefits than asking voters to pay for them. Slowing the growth of entitlements is a crucial part of any debt plan. Sen. Paul grasped that in one of his first visits to Iowa. We hope every trip here he expands on his ideas to fix the debt and build a stronger economy.

Jon McAvoy

Adel

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