Evaluating the Ethics of Deicit Spending Using Haidt’s Six Ethical Principles

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Deficit spending is defined as excess spending of income or assets in a given period. (, 2014) In other words, it means that the government continues to increase spending when we already owe more than a trillion dollars. Throughout this paper I will be evaluating the ethics of this topic using with my own personal opinion along with Haidt’s six ethical principles. (, 2014) I will also explore the strengths and weaknesses of my argument using articles from the Washington Post and CBS news that support reduced government deficit spending.
My Viewpoint:
I’ll begin with Haidt’s first ethical principal of harm and care. I feel that our current government is not being responsible with the way it spends money. They have spent billions of dollars trying to stimulate the economy, but have only driven us further into debt and caused the economy further harm. The stimulus package that was initiated was full of ridiculous funding such as a million dollars to study the effects of ant breeding which is hardly a worthwhile project when we have such a high unemployment rate. Government needs to stimulate small business growth in an attempt to keep jobs here and reduce the unemployment rate. I feel that this is a careless way to represent the people of this country, as it shows no respect for hard working citizens. (, 2014)
The second principle is categorized as fairness or cheating. The government is given autonomy in making decisions on our behalf, but many of those decisions are not made for our benefit. We pay high taxes and the unemployment rate is currently somewhere between 7% and 9%. If regular households spent money in the same way, they would be broke and livi...

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...d will probably be around for some time to come. So draw your own conclusion as to whether you believe it is right or wrong. (, 2014)
In conclusion, government deficit spending that is excessive is irresponsible, but having some debt is understandable. The government should strive toward a balanced budget that takes into account input and output of financial resources. What will we do if our country goes bankrupt? How many government shut downs will there be in the future? Looking at this issue through Haidt’s six principles only reinforces the validity of this argument. Government deficit spending is topic that has been up for debate many times and a solution seems nowhere to be found. Sometimes things happen like natural disasters or war and that requires the government to dig deeper into its pockets even if those pockets are already empty.
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