Last week I was traveling to Austin from Houston on Highway 71 and passed through Bastrop, Texas. As you may know, a few weeks ago the scene in Bastrop was what you see above and 71 was closed. As I passed through I could see burned landscape and numerous trees that were clearly dead from the heat around them as leaves were completely brown (and for you Northerners–that doesn’t happen in Texas until November). I could smell through my air conditioning unit the distinct odor of ashes and burned wood. It is an unbelievable tragedy. The fact that “our” President waited so long to declare these areas a Federal Emergency is a sad commentary on his juvenile attitude towards Texas in general. I pray for those who lost their homes (hundreds of them) and anyone who may have been injured in this horrific event.
As I drove through and smelled the burning remains of Bastrop County I wondered if Americans could smell the odor of burnt ash in other parts of the Country. I wondered if the smell of burning money could be identified in our air emanating from Washington DC.
I imagine that this smell would be different from the burning wood smell. Although it would clearly contain the scent of burning paper and ink, I imagine it would also have the smell of lost opportunities for the future generations of our Country. I imagine it smells like the hope of going to college, owning a home, providing for your family and living in peaceful freedom all being burned to the ground.
Believe me, I wish I could attribute that smell to the Obama administration and liberal Democrats only–but it isn’t all their fault. Sure, liberals believe (which is clear from Obama’s latest proposal) that money you and I earn doesn’t really belong to us. Liberals believe that if you work 40-80 hours a week, save your money and provide for your family, you also have a duty to help the rest of society that refuses to do the same. Further, and worse, liberals believe that money you earn should be given to the smarter, better Government to redistribute as it sees fit for the “betterment” of society. After all–it is only “fair.”
But as I said, there is plenty of fault to go around for our current situation. President George W. Bush, a person I have the utmost respect for, expanded entitlement programs during a time of war which took our deficit from a negative number to over $450 billion. Most of the spending was military, but there was also the prescription drug program, expansion of Medicare and Medicaid among others. Then there was the bailouts of 2008-which began with Bush and continued through Obama.
Obama on the other hand took a $450 billion deficit in 2008 and turned it into a $1.4 trillion deficit by the end of 2009. For you math wizards, that is $990 billion in ONE YEAR. It has spiraled out of control since then to a point now where our deficit is over $3.7 trillion and counting. Smell it burning?
I credit the Tea Party for trying very hard since 2009 to bring this to the attention of Americans. The problem is that many of us simply don’t care or don’t understand it. Everyone lives in the moment. Sure, you can still go to the store and afford milk and bread. You can usually afford to fill up your car with gas. Because of the sluggish economy the prices of many things have not gone up dramatically. You can see a movie, purchase an IPhone and go about living YOUR life without really appreciating or worrying about a over-the-head concept such as National Deficits and National Debts.
But while we are living our quiet lives, the Country is on fire and not enough people are declaring a National Emergency. It is amazing to realize that the fate of our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren currently resides in the hands of one president, 100 senators and 435 representatives. 536 people will determine whether or not our Grandkids live in a free Country.
Think I’m being overly dramatic? Money may not buy happiness-but the lack of money results in enslavement. The more the US takes from our pockets, the tighter the shackles are twisted on our necks and hands. The more our deficit grows, the more the Government will need to pay for it. The current administration has spent money it doesn’t have and is now asking for even more.
We have not done enough. As citizens, voting is a primary way of voicing our opinions and our beliefs, but it is not enough. We must be diligent in doing what we can NOW to stop the out of control fire burning away our future.
I want to take this opportunity to immortalize my apology to my kids and grandkids. I am sorry that I did not do enough and that none of us did enough to stop our Government from destroying your Country. I am sorry that your future has been harmed by the omissions of your grandfathers and grandmothers. I am sorry that we were not bold enough to think beyond the present and act, as our founding fathers did, for the future of all Americans, both the present and the future generations to come.
I promise to try to do more in the coming months to dramatically change the current leadership in our Nation and put leaders in place that have integrity, that care about America, that care about Americans, that put duty and loyalty to the service of our Nation above personal desires and love of fame and power, and who will make the tough choices to end entitlements and wasteful agencies and departments in order to cut spending, reduce taxes and save our Nation.
I am fearful of our current Government. I am fearful of what they can do and what they are willing to sacrifice in the quest for power and control. A famous American once said this:
I promise to work to make the government fear the people again and stop the stench of burning money from the halls of Washington, D.C. I pray we succeed.
To the reader–are you fearful, do you smell the fire–get involved to stop it.