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Sell Our Children To Pay Our Debts


February 10, 2020

I have an idea that would solve our national debt problem. Why not sell our children into slavery?

It’s not a novel idea and there is even a legal precedent for it in the Bible: “When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do.” (Exodus 21:7). Back then it was perfectly legal to sell your sons and daughters into slavery in order to pay off debts. If you had sons you were fortunate because they fetched a better price than daughters.

We should not judge this ancient law from a present-day perspective. As the historian Montesquieu said, “to transfer into far-off centuries all the ideas of the century in which one is living is the most fecund of all sources of error.” I would add that it is arrogant and self-righteous.

Of course I’m being facetious. We would not dream of selling our sons and daughters into slavery to pay our national debt, but that is exactly what we have done. According to the Concord Coalition, whoever wins the 2020 presidential election “he or she will assume responsibility for a government that carries about $24 trillion in debt and a projected budget deficit exceeding $1 trillion every year for the foreseeable future.”

While we are experiencing a great economic boom and living high on the hog, we have piled up a huge debt that our children and our children’s children will labor to pay for. They will live their lives under the shadow of this enormous debt we have incurred.

Our leaders can boast as much as they like about “bull markets,” unemployment rates, tax breaks and all the lordly rest of it. But there is a dark shadow behind this bull. We have in essence sold our children and our children’s children into slavery.

Rev. Ernest Mills



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