Bringing Americans Together for the Good of the Country
by Tom Pauken on July 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM
The political mood in America is extremely volatile these days. In 2008, the American voters were upset with the policies of the George W. Bush administration and turned over Congress to the Democrats while electing Barack Obama president of the United States. Two years later, disenchanted with the policies of the Obama Administration and the Democrat-controlled Congress, Americans voted the Democrats out of power in the House of Representatives.
At the moment it is hard to predict what Americans will do at the ballot box next year, but the serious nature of the problems facing our nation poses a major threat to the very preservation of our free society. Thus, it is imperative to find areas of agreement where Americans of different political parties can work together for the good of our country.
I am encouraged to see that this proposal, which changes the way we tax business is beginning to gain bipartisan support. Former Democratic Senator Fritz Hollings supports this concept as do Sen. Jim DeMint and Congressman Paul Ryan. Pat Choate, who ran for Vice President with Ross Perot in 1996 as an Independent, endorses this idea.
In a similar vein, we should try to bring Republicans and Democrats together behind an effort to rein in the excessive concentration of power in the hands of the federal bureaucracy in our nation’s capital with its ever mounting federal mandates and controls.
This is an apt moment for a major shift away from the concentration of power in Washington, D.C., to a decentralized approach which would allow the states and local communities to exercise much greater control over how those federal dollars are best spent in their respective areas. “One size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to dictating policy by a centralized bureaucracy headquartered in Washington, D.C. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness of our great nation. As quickly as possible, we need to move power and money away from Washington, D.C. and back into the hands of the states, communities, and the people themselves.
Americans need to understand that we are all in this together. It is not about Right vs. Left. It is about Up or Down. If nothing is done, the American dream will die for future generations. Are we going to change course and make America an even greater land of opportunity than it was for us and those who came before us? Or, are we going to go the way of so many other great nations throughout history that stumbled, declined, and fell – never to recover?
The choice is ours.