Free Markets, Fiscal Responsibility, Smaller Government, Secure Borders
I've just read a book by David M. Walker, former comptroller general and CEO of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (the nation's top auditor), entiled "Come Back America: Turning the Country Around and Restoring Fiscal Responsibility". If you want an explanation of how we got where we are (in debt to our eyebrows) and suggestions how to begin to climb out of this pit and avoid insolvency, read this book. Walker lays out the problems and suggests solutions of how to return to our founding principles of fiscal responsibility and stewardship for future generations.
This book includes specific ideas to control spending, save Social Security, dramatically alter Medicare and simplify the tax code plus changes to the Pentagon's practices and spending. This post isn't intended as a book review, but in the hopes some of the people attending the Tea Party meetings will come prepared to engage in some conversations about the issues - and choices - facing the country. Certainly our elected representatives aren't able to make these decisions without our assistance!
The dysfunctionality of Congress, most recently displayed when trying unsuccessfully to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, is actually a clear reflection of the uncertainties of the country. We know we are broke and that tough choices need to be made, yet we keep avoiding the facts and decisions. And those choices will include every facet of the federal budget and will definitly include the Pentagon. After all, we do spend over a trillion dollars a year on "defense", just about what we borrow each year. Change is upon us. And I want to have the facts to support or oppose whatever schemes are contrived in Washington by special interests. So "read up" and say something meaningful on the topic on-line or at the next meeting.