In their book … “That Used to be Us” … Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum write that in order for America to recapture its greatness, we must return to being a more powerful, prosperous nation for all. They argue that this means lower federal spending, entitlements included … higher taxes … and investment in infrastructure, education, and research and innovation.
That will require a sharp turn from our present course of national selfishness, and a commitment to our national interests, not our individual or parochial interests.
They point out that so far in the current century, the U.S. has fought two costly wars in which only one percent of the population had any direct stake … such as military service for self or family. For the first time in our nation’s history we went to war … two wars, mind you … without raising taxes to pay for it. Instead, we incurred crippling debt for our children and grandchildren.
Friedman and Mandelbaum argue that this kind of idiocy has done incredible damage to our nation and our people.
Our thought for today is from Tony Blair:
“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.”