A Memorial Day Thought

If we had to take one hard fact away from the debate on government spending and our national debt, it’d be this: there’s no easy way out. Beginning with FDR’s New Deal and brought to our renewed attention with ObamaCare, our federal government has spent every penny we’ve given it – and then some. We’re trillions in the red, and rising. Any solution that gets to the root of the problem will be painful, both for us and our children.

But make no mistake. The ongoing debate isn’t about us. It’s not about you, your retirement, your health insurance, or your bank account. It’s not about your politics. It’s about our children and the lives they’ll be able to lead. It’s about their opportunity to live the American Dream we’ve already had.

The American Dream is not an abstract idea, nor is it material goods. For our generation, it’s the choice we have before us. Do we look for the easy way out, and allow our politicians to do the same? Do we pass the dream along intact to our children, or do we render it nothing but a hollow, empty shell?

So in the spirit of Memorial Day, let’s be clear. This nation was built not upon a federal safety net, but upon personal sacrifice. It’s this same spirit of sacrifice that’s called for now – to stop the borrowing cold, to assume responsibility for decades of irresponsible spending and furthermore, to care for our neighbors when the federal government can do so no longer. There’s no easy way out, and everyone knows it.

We elected our politicians to serve, to make the hard choices that define generations. We’re paying attention, and we expect nothing less.

In prayer, in reflection and with gratitude to those who sacrificed so we can live,
Karen Bisso

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Karen Bisso is a conservative teacher in the Plattsburgh NY area, and she
is currently running in the new 115th Assembly District.

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