Karen Boroff raises the question in New Jersey Voices:
Which one of us can be free when we owe others sums beyond our ability to repay? How as a nation can we be free with billions and trillions of debt? Years ago, singer Tennessee Ernie Ford had a hit with “Sixteen Tons,” telling the tale of a miner who “owes his soul to the company store.” Each day, the poor soul got deeper in debt. That is the track on which we are traveling.
People who see no end to debt lose their self-reliance, almost addicted to the next round of handouts. Addiction does not free ourselves nor does it make us brave.