About Me

Hi, I'm Stephen Stumbo, I'm 18 yrs old, and a self taught knifesmith/blacksmith. All through my childhood I've had affinity for blades, probably starting with my first pocket knife. At 12 I tried to grind a knife out of a sawzall blade, and was so proud of how it turned out. At 14 I convinced my dad to help me make a forge so I could try blacksmithing. After building the forge I had a rough time getting started, but after meeting a local blacksmith and getting some tips, I went at it. About a year into blacksmithing (2009) I decided to try my hand at making knives. I started out terribly, but I've slowly been progressing to where you see now. Take a look around, and let me know what you think, you can also find me on facebook to keep up with the goings on around the ole smithy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

National debt rant

Guess what! When I checked www.usdebtclock.org at 4:57 pm 2/22/2011. Guess what our national (if you're a fellow American that is) debt is, here's the number - $14,174,717,467,230 - approximately 14 trillion bucks! I read this article about where america borrows money from. Guess what, major shares of our nations debt are held by two countries, Japan, and China. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN OUR DEBT IS TO HIGH TO EVER PAY OFF? What about when China and Japan, and other countries refuse to take it anymore? When our country doesn't have any cash to pay government employees? You think the police department will work on i.o.u.'s? Complete chaos throughout the nation, no one answers 911, no one comes to put out the fires, nothing. Then what happens when the other countries sell our debt to another, possibly hostile country. We won't have military, or anything to keep them from, who knows, maybe invading America to get their money back. I know it sounds outrageous, and I concede that it's just about impossible for something like that to happen. But still. 14 TRILLION!!!!! Just ask yourself, what would George Washington say about this situation?

You know what, we need to make the government change, force them to take the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University course (or like course), make them cancel all of these wastful pet projects, dump everything we can without damaging this nation, and buckle down, and make them pay off this dang debt. At the same time I looked at the national debt, the debt per taxpayer was $127,841. It's not absolutly horrible, but still, when I get a job and start paying taxes, that means if the goverment split up the debt and made the people pay it, I would suddenly be $127,841 in debt.

Think about it America, when our forefathers founded this country, they didn't intend for us to become one of the most in debt countries in the world. Would you loan any of your money to a person who had just a million in debt? Why should we expect countries to loan to us when we have 14 trillion in debt.

Please note, I don't intend to rant that often on here, but this is a big issue, and people need to be worried about it.

Oldanvilyoungsmith, getting off his soapbox.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see a young person alert to the goings on! BTW...nice craftsmanship too!