Achieve it, we shall

Achieve it, we shall

Too many Americans struggle daily with uncertainties about their economic condition.  Their anxieties are exacerbated by the failure of the federal government to enact policies needed to preserve the sacred American tradition of achieving success through hard work.  Americans understand very well the basic methodology involved in balancing a checkbook – expenditures cannot exceed income.  The repeated failure of the federal government to even give a nod to this very basic, but extremely essential tenet of financial management is appallingly negligent at best.  Excessive wasteful spending by Washington continues to deplete the pocketbooks of American citizens and grow their collective debt exponentially to levels that are rapidly exceeding our Gross Domestic Product.  Unless Washington reigns in these excesses, generations of Americans will be compelled to shoulder the weight of a financial burden that could undermine the very stability and security of the United States.

Skepticism about the merits of achieving a balanced budget continue to echo through the sound bites of too many government leaders.  America can no longer afford the luxury of government paralysis and endless debate.  The solution is simple – adoption of a balanced federal budget.  Norman Vincent Peale, a renowned Twentieth Century inspirational author and religious leader, captured the essence of our current condition when he noted: “We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities.”

The U.S. government is at a critical point in its history when it can no longer refuse to act upon the simple truth – expenditures cannot exceed income.  A balanced budget must guide the activities of every governmental entity that is involved in collecting and dispersing the money that belongs to the American people.  The U.S. House of Representatives recognized the merits of this principle when it delivered the “Contract with America” in the late 1990’s and transformed a deadly course of deficit spending into a budget surplus.  This success can be repeated.

Americans possess a long tradition of creatively adapting and meeting the challenges facing them.  In the 1960’s, we were determined to make it to the moon, and make it we did.  The achievement of a balanced budget is certainly within our reach, and reach it we will.

-Dee Stewart, President, ABB

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