H. Ross Perot

Leo Conor Black

This email was prompted by your article titled “H. Ross Perot: A Study of Contrasts” [Al Jacobs, July 19] Your article focused on a contrast between H. Ross Perot and President Jimmy Carter, both graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy, and their dealings with the Revolutionary government of Iran in 1979.

The week H. Ross Perot, the former 1992 U.S. Presidential candidate for the Reform Party, died, there was a video clip of Perot in which he addressed the then U.S. National Debt of $4 trillion.

When President Jimmy Carter left office, the U.S. National Debt stood at $900 billion.

This morning, according to the U.S. Debt Clock Org website showed the following:

U.S. National Debt: $22.5 trillion

U.S. National Debt Per Taxpayer: $183,030

U.S. National Debt Per Citizen: $68,336

George Will, the conservative columnist, in a recent interview on the “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” show, stated that members of the U.S. Congress deliver $1 of government service and charge $0.80. Will said the shortfall is being passed on the future generations and the yet unborn Americans.

The 13 Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that was ratified on Dec. 6, 1865, reads: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th Edition defines involuntary servitude as follows: “The condition of one forced to labor – for pay or not – for another by coercion or imprisonment.”

The moment an individual is born in the United States of America, as of today, that individual assumes a U.S. Citizen share of the U.S. National Debt of $68,336. This assumption of the proportionate U.S. Citizen share of the U.S. National Debt, is done without the newborn having the capacity to enter into a contract. This meets the definition of involuntary servitude as stated in the Black’s Dictionary.

Former and current constitutional elected officers of the U.S. Government – will be long dead when the newborns reach adulthood, and will then have the right to vote and be forced to assume their proportionate U.S. Taxpayer share of the U.S. National Debt, currently $183,030, along with student loan debt; credit card debt and large real estate mortgages/high rents.

Again, according to the U.S. Debt Clock website, so far, for this current Fiscal Year Ending 9/30/2019, the deficit is $1.029 trillion and federal spending is $4.445 trillion. To meet the current federal payroll to pay federal workers – including the constitutionally elected officers of the U.S. Government: the president, the vice president, the 100 senators, and the 435 representatives -the government is borrowing through long-term debt ($1.029/$4.445), $0.23 of every $1 compensation paid to a federal worker.

It has been a long time since H. Ross Perot, a presidential candidate, told the citizens of the United States they are responsible for U.S. National Debt, which was then $4 trillion, and President Jimmy Carter left office, the U.S. National Debt was at $900 billion.

Unlike H. Ross Perot, when he ran for president of the United States, none of the current candidates for the upcoming presidential election in November 2020 are educating voters about the U.S. National Debt. Very few Americans know the difference between the U.S. Deficit and the U.S. National Debt, and because the U.S. National Debt is in the trillions of dollars most Americans consider it to be an abstract concept.



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