by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Having lived more than three-quarters of a century, economist Walter Williams has seen plenty of changes. Some are not as laudable as others, as he explains in his latest column.
Years ago, spending beyond one’s means was considered a character defect. Today not only do people spend beyond their means but also there are companies that advertise on radio and TV to eliminate or reduce your credit card and mortgage debt. Students saddled with college loans have called for student loan forgiveness. Yesterday’s Americans would have viewed it as morally corrupt and reprehensible to accumulate debt and then seek to avoid paying it. It’s nothing less than theft. What’s worse is there’s little condemnation of it by the rest of us.