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  • Protecting America Means Preventing Its Decline

    This past tuesday, Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) spoke at The Heritage Foundation’s annual spring President’s Club meeting, noting:

    Now should be the time for America to rededicate itself to the strategy of:  1) peace through strength, and 2) recommitting ourselves to standing up for democratic and peaceful allies.

    Why is now the time? Because total defense spending is projected to decrease from about 4.9 percent this current fiscal year to roughly 3.5 percent in 2015; and unless entitlement spending is reined in, it will consume all federal revenue in just 42 years, with nothing left over for defense.

    As more and more people take note of this, talk of America’s decline is in the air.  But, as Heritage vice president Kim R. Holmes warns, decline is still our choice: “It will come about only when most Americans decide that what is unique about their country—its Constitution and its legacy of liberty—is no longer worth fighting for.” And as the tea party movement shows, we are not there yet.  We need to convince our representatives in Washington that defending and protecting America is their first priority.

    Thomas DeCaro currently is a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/About/Internships-Young-Leaders/The-Heritage-Foundation-Internship-Program

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    4 Responses to Protecting America Means Preventing Its Decline

    1. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      Our minority whip is correct to rededicate the nation to return to two core principles relative to our national security. Peace through strength never goes out of style in America except when the Progressives/Statists/Socialists/Liberals/Democrats are in charge of making decisions way above their individual as well as collective talent level.

      In my assessment we need to review and eliminate wasteful government spending on maligned entitlements in which the thought behind the concept was nice but the execution flawed and results disastrous. For example, take the case of this 25 year old New Orleans native shot dead on 7 Feb 2004 by the name of Mr. Allen. According to his obituary he was an “entrepreneur” that left behind his “companion” along with 3 sons and 9 daughters. A follow up article by a local newspaper staff writer related one aspect of his entrepreneurial pursuits as a drug dealer who had wrangled out of murder charges and several other violent offenses over the previous two years. Now return back to the nine children Mr. Allen and his companion had and view it through the lens of entitlements. Harkin back to the passage of the laws associated with the Great Society in the middle 1960’s under the LBJ administration (and Democrat controlled Congress). So, by the time of his death Mr. Allen was receiving $1500 per month per child (welfare) that came to a grand total of a staggering $13,500 per month in welfare payments alone! And that doesn’t include free medical care, food stamps, free school lunches and on and on and on! Oh, and returning to his obituary you would learn he learned that “entitlement” lifestyle from his parents who also had a rather large “welfare family” consisting of 8 brothers and 5 sisters! His parents had a total of 14 children! Apparently the family business of welfare must have got passed down from parents to their children and all at taxpayer expense.

      That kind of wasteful government spending needs to be stopped by repealing those laws with unintended horrific financial consequences for the nation and for those of us who pay income taxes.

      If those laws as well as the one that gave illegal immigrants access to entitlements under the Carter administration then we could eliminate a significant amount of unnecessary spending. Of course that would mean those people that were riding the system would have to actually get some skills and work (in a legal job) to earn their living which would save our tax dollars, contribute to the Treasury and turn former leeches into productive citizens. The first and last items seem to be in contravention to the Progressive’s goals.

      Well written, clear and concise laws need to passed that are designed to protect and maintain our nation’s ability to keep and maintain the military forces necessary to secure our nation with the capability to conduct full spectrum operations globally in order to protect our citizens in a world with ever growing threats without fail. That is the only part of “Too big to fail” that I agree with. Anything less is un-American.

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