Memorial Day causes us to pause and remember those who have sacrificed their lives to insure that we continue to have freedom. Countless numbers of men and women have died on battlefields around to world in wars that would have taken our freedoms away had the other side won. We can never say enough to express our thanks to those who have served their country and those who are in active service today. Though it seems so inadequate we are compelled to say thanks for your sacrifices!
Today we face an insipid enemy that, if left unchecked, will destroy our freedom as assuredly as the worst enemy we have ever faced. We are speaking of one of the most dangerous enemies the world has faced…debt and uncontrollable spending. Our debt threatens our American way of life. Other countries, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain, and a host of other countries are in the throes of debt and face looming bankruptcies if they are unable manage their uncontrollable spending and debt.
For a sobering experience, visit the following website. usdebtclock.org reveals that our national debt (at the time of this blog post, June 1, 2010,) is greater than 13 trillion dollars. That translates to just over $42,000 per U.S. citizen, or $118,000 per American taxpayer. Read the home page of the site, and then click on the usdebtclock.org banner at the top of the page to see the numbers in real time. Caution: prepare yourself for one of the greatest shocks of your life.
Debt, caused by out-of-control spending will affect everything from the interest rates you will eventually pay, to your future Social Security and 401k monies. What can one do?
1. Get out of personal debt as quickly as you possibly can.
2. Save as much money as you possibly can.
3. Vote, and change the political landscape all the way up from your local, to your state, and to the national elections. Elect officials who will stop the spending.
4. Call your local, state, and national leaders and demand that either they stop the spending or they will lose your vote.
5. Call for across the board budget cuts at every level. It is better to tighten the belt now instead of waiting until forced to do so by a looming bankruptcy.
6. Think of creative ways of your own to get your message across.