Lessons in Victory

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A Noble Decision

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Finally, our President is considering to support our troops.  According to The New York Times (read about it here), he wishes to add about 30,000 more troops to the efforts in Afghanistan so that we may “finish the job.”  I applaud the President on this choice.  America has never done anything halfway, and we must either back out completely or press forward with all our might.  This decision certainly drew fire from his own party, and going against his political allies is something we haven’t seen the President do all that often.  I think the President does realize the importance of the task at hand in Afghanistan, and I am proud that he is finally taking action.  Just like the surge in Iraq, these fresh  troops will strengthen the region, take some pressure off our 68,000 men and women already over there, and allow America to do her job and do it well.

Our House Speaker wasn’t exactly thrilled with Obama’s decision.  She expressed her concerns in the same article: “Before a meeting with Mr. Obama on Tuesday afternoon, Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, said during a conference call of economists and bloggers that there was ‘serious unrest in our caucus about can we afford this war.'”  Pelosi et. al. are trying to push through record-breaking legislation that will forever change the economic landscape of our country in the form of both healthcare and environmental reform, yet they are concerned with the costs of efforts to keep America safe?  I smell a hypocrite!  I guess it depends on where your priorities lie, but in my opinion, keeping America safe is our number one concern: if we do not protect America, we will no longer have the right to make our own laws (or even elect leaders to make them for us).  Sure, in this current political climate it doesn’t seem that way, but come 2010 and 2012 I have every confidence that the American people will stand up and erase this horrible string of miserable failures as we sweep out the elitist scoundrels in Congress and replace them with those worthy of leading America.

Speaking of debt, our national debt has topped 12 trillion dollars.  I read some interesting facts about our national debt and the interest we pay on it annually from the Heritage Foundation’s Morning Bell, a free daily email newsletter.  Within this article was an excerpt from another article from The New York Times (hooray sound, unbiased journalism! yay!) concerning the interest we’re paying on the national debt:

“With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher.  In concrete terms, an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

That’s not chump change.  This spending needs to stop now.  With the economy still in dire straits, we cannot place even more of a burden on the American people to finance this outrageous spending spree; our elected leaders must be good stewards of our precious tax dollars, or they will be held accountable.  If we can return to our priorities, with keeping America safe number one on the list, we will not fail.  We cannot fail.

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Written by jakehutchison

November 25, 2009 at 2:21 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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