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An Urban's Rural View
Urban C. Lehner Editor Emeritus
Mon Jul 7, 2014 06:07 AM CDT

As they think about the federal government's debt, some Americans fall back on a familiar analogy: A family can't spend more than it earns, so neither should Uncle Sam. Is the federal budget in deficit? Cut spending until it isn't. Refrain, by all means, from new spending.

You may find that logic convincing, you may not. Either way you should hope Congress will vote to replenish the Highway Trust Fund. To understand why, consider a variation on the analogy.

Imagine a farm family with a crop in the field and harvest looming. Imagine a combine in need of major repairs ...

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