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America’s New Year’s Diet
Dec. 31, 2011
By Ramsey Fowler
As we approach the start of a New Year, it is very common to reflect on our lives and set New Year’s resolutions. These resolutions are usually based upon self improvement. The most common goals are weight loss, improved financial status, and often being more helpful and kind to others. Hopefully our current administration will reflect on its failing record and will resolve to improve this year. First and foremost our bloated government needs to trim trillions of pounds of unnecessary spending. Our debt clock has now surpassed 15 trillion dollars. The United States currently pays 700 billion dollars a day in interest on this debt alone. We simply can’t continue down this path in 2012, it will completely destroy our country.
While Washington needs to be placed on a strict “fiscal diet” they also need to consider a realistic plan. Why hasn’t the Obama administration presented a balanced budget? It’s being said that Obama is expected to ask for another increase in the debt limit. The American people are tightening their belts during this hard economic time so why shouldn’t we expect our government to do the same? Last, but certainly not least, Washington needs to resolve to work efficiently with others.
The America that we see today is weak, divided, financially irresponsible and slowing self destructing. Never before in American history has Congress and the President been so ineffective in compromising. Missouri’s own Harry S. Truman once said “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets credit”.
It doesn’t matter if you are a hard core Democrat or Republican; the truth is absolutely nothing is getting accomplished. All we witness is increased debt and a “kicking the can down the road” philosophy. It would be like a New Year’s diet resolution that we continuously postpone every two months. Should we be surprised in 60 days when our fat jeans won’t even fit?
Let’s not continue this until we are all wearing sweatpants to work. Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The President, Congress and Washington are obviously insane.
In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama wanted to get Americans back to work. So why won’t our president approve the Keystone Pipeline Project? This would create 20,000 American jobs and strengthen America’s relationship with Canada. Instead our president has declined the bipartisan proposal and now Canada is considering working with our greatest competitor, China. These insane decisions continue to be destructive to the American economy.
I, for one, am going to ring in 2012 loud and proud. I will be counting down the days until the November 6th presidential election.
I will cringe next week when I see the “Occupiers” disrupt the democratic process at the Iowa caucuses. I will try to forget leftist comedian, Bill Maher’s, insensitive tweet using Jesus, Tim Tebow and the F word in the same sentence.
One thing we all need to remember in 2012 is our first amendment rights. We do have freedom of speech, but we must use it carefully and thoughtfully. Just because we are granted the right, does not mean it comes without consequences.
Resolutions are rarely fun. Improvement takes sacrifice and most people give up when they don’t see immediate results. I hope we, as a nation, are mature and responsible enough to support a resolution to help make our America more fiscally fit in the years to come.
Happy New Year and God Bless America
Fowler is a senior at Lee’s Summit West High School. Write to him at email@example.com.
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