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Palm Coast Thursday, Mar. 18, 2021 3 weeks ago

Will my 6-year-old have to pay off the $1.9 trillion stimulus?

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Free money now! Pay later? The joyful complications of the stimulus
by: Brian McMillan Executive Editor

The other day, my daughter Kennedy, 6, said to me, “The government is giving us a lot of money — for no reason!”

My first reaction was to laugh. It’s always fun to hear a 6-year-old’s interpretation of the news.

But she also got me thinking.

I am grateful that I can put food on my table every day, and that my daughter does not want. I realize that makes me rich compared to much of the world. There are many in our own community who are stressed about food, and for them, I am happy that the new stimulus money will likely relieve that stress for a time.

Through my church, I make a donation every month to help provide the necessities of life for people, and I intend to increase that donation. Maybe we can all find a way to be more generous with what we have.

As I looked at Kennedy’s grin — she knew she was being clever (I think?) — I also felt worried for her. The national debt will likely be a plague in our country some day, and it may be that she and her children will suffer for it.

I pray that our leaders will be wise, for their sakes.

Brian McMillan has been editor of the Palm Coast Observer since it began in 2010. He was named the Journalist of the Year for weekly newspapers in North America by the Local Media Association in 2012. He lives in Palm Coast with his wife and five children. Email...

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