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Thursday, May 21, 2015

It's Not Called (ME)morial Day


Updated 5/27/2016

Every year on the last Monday of May we celebrate and honor the thousand of U.S. citizens who gave their lives in the defense of their country. For some of us that means visiting the grave of a loved one who died while serving in the military. However, for most of us (ME)morial Day is a day to having fun for ME. Our honored dead will not be water skiing, bike riding, going to an amusement park or having a BBQ. My wife's uncle served in the army during World War II. He never made it home and is buried in the Philippines.

I don't think these men or women would begrudge us enjoying the liberty and freedoms we enjoy that they died to defend. But they did not die for an America that is all about ME and not more concerned with the good of the future. They sacrificed for the future and we should do the same.

Here is where we fall short.
  • Since 9/11 we have spent more than $1 trillion extra on military expenditures fighting two foreign wars. None of this money came from raising taxes or cutting back on other government spending. There was no war bond effort like there was during World War II. Basically, we've just spent more 15 years fighting a war and expect our children and grandchildren (many never even born before 9/11) to pay for our defense -- with interest. The ME politicians and ME taxpayers want to use their own money for themselves and pass the war bill to the next generation.
  • During the last two presidencies, we have refused to limit federal spending to federal revenues collected. Taxes collected are at an all time high and would easily cover the expenses from most budgets in the last decade, but government spending just grows and grows. Some Republicans pushed by the Tea Party are willing to tackle this issue, others are okay with borrowed spending (as happened with John Boehner's last budget that embraced deficit spending big time). Of course President Obama and the Democrats refuse to ever cut spending. Again the ME politicians put the $18 trillion short term desires of ME voters over the more important needs of the future of our nation. ObamaCare alone will add another $1 trillion to the national debt just in the next ten years.
  • The Obama VA scandal shows an incompetent bureaucratic failure of public officials to provide veterans with promised benefits. My daughter's husband, an army officer, spent a year in Afghanistan and six months in Liberia for the Ebola containment. He could have left a widow and fatherless children. Fortunately he returned safely, but many did not, or returned with injuries. To not provide these veterans with needed medical attention is criminal. The ME bureaucrats valued their records more than the lives of veterans. 
Let's take the ME out of Memorial Day and do all we can to make the future better for the next generation, not one saddled with debt and unfulfilled promises.

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