For the younger generations

We are at a crossroad in our nation’s history on how we want to be governed as a nation. It’s time you must decide between living a free and independent life, like previous generations, or give up some of your freedoms and allow government to hold your hand and make decisions for you.

Our country was founded on the belief that all people are individually free. Do you believe that concept? If you do, why would you support anyone that would take even some of that away from you? The more power you give government the less power you have to make free choices and live a prosperous life. Did you know that according to a recent Pew research poll: “People aged 18-32 are the first modern era generation to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty, unemployment, lower levels of wealth and personal income than the two immediate predecessor generations had at the same age.” The only difference between today and past generations is the size of government.

Our liberty, labor, opportunity and wealth is being siphoned away and most people don’t even realize it. In fact, many of us keep on voting for the same legislators that are enacting policies to speed up the process. Over decades’, progressive legislators and federal administrators have taken larger amounts of resources from younger generations and transferred them to bloated, bankrupt programs they promised older generations for supporting them. With our national debt over 18 trillion and climbing we have been left with an I.O.U from the federal treasury that may never be repaid and with high debt comes a slower economy, weak job growth, higher taxes and less opportunity. Is this the America and life you envisioned?

Younger people aged 18-32 are the first modern era to have higher levels of student loan debt, poverty, unemployment, lower levels of wealth and personal income then the two immediate predecessor’s generations had at the same age. – Pew Research poll

Statistics Don’t Lie

By the Numbers
  • Labor force participation rate is 62.6%, the lowest since 1977.
  • 94,000,000 Americans not in the work force
  • 2 million people are in long-term unemployment (jobless more than 27 weeks).
  • 6,483,000 Americans are part-time workers and rising thanks to new Obamacare mandates.
  • 46 million Americans are on food assistance (SNAP) for 35 straight weeks.
  • 52% of U.S. households received some kind of government benefit. That’s 161 million out of 306.8 million.
  • 6-7 million Americans receive subsidies for Obamacare
  • Combined Social Security Trust Funds will be depleted by 2033
  • According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) top 40% of US households paid 106.2% of income taxes, bottom 40% paid -9.1%
Opinion Polls
  • 76% of adults lack confidence that their children’s generation will have a better life then they have had. – Wall Street Journal poll
  • 71% of adults think the country is on the wrong track – Wall Street Journal poll 2014
  • 60% believe the U.S. is in a state of decline. – Wall Street Journal poll 2014
  • 62% of Republicans feel betrayed by their party. – Gallup poll 2015
  • 48% of American youth ages 18 through 29 believe the “American Dream” is dead. – Harvard poll 2015

The older and current generation of legislators have left us in a precarious situation. We will not enjoy the same prosperity they did and if we don’t put an end to their bankrupt economic policies our nation’s future is in question.

Edmund Burke, a political theorist and philosopher from the 18th century, who supported the American Revolution for freedom, believed societies rely on an intergenerational succession from the past to the present. He wrote that this succession is a “partnership between the living, dead and unborn.” This partnership came with great responsibility. Those who forsake this intergenerational succession condemn themselves, their children, and future generations to a harsh and meaningless existence.

Has Congress respected our current intergenerational succession and stopped the government freight train from heading down the track?

Let’s take a look:

On Debt and Spending
  • When the Obama administration took office, our debt was $10.6 trillion. By the end of 2012 our debt had increased 44.5% to $15.4 trillion. As of August 2015 it stands at $18.9 trillion, which is a 71% increase!
  • President Obama’s executive order federalized student loans. Student debt is up 517% since takeover
  • TARP – Troubled Asset Relief Program of 2008.
  • Federal spending on health care programs will more than double over the next decade, growing by $1 trillion—from $962 billion in 2014 to $1.9 trillion in 2024.
  • Obamacare’s new spending will cost more than $1.8 trillion over the next decade for its massive expansion of Medicaid and subsidies for those purchasing health insurance in the new exchanges.
  • In 2014, the national debt exceeds $145,000 per American household.
  • In 2014, publicly held debt reached 74.4 percent of GDP. The historical average is about 38 percent
  • The deficit is projected to grow from $486 billion in 2014 to $1.270 trillion by 2024, a 151% increase.
  • Every single penny that goes toward paying interest on the debt is a penny that is no longer available to fund federal government priorities, such as national defense.
  • Medicaid is the fastest-growing entitlement program and will grow by 87% over the decade, due to Obamacare expansion.
  • Highway Trust Fund problems (spending outpaced funding) has required $70 billion in bailouts. All funds are supposed to be used to update and maintain federal roads. Bad legislation has allowed 20% of spending to fund local pet projects, like building bike paths, sidewalks, mass transit projects and beautification.
  • Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) just passed in October 2015. Suspended the debt limit through 2017 with another $80 Billion in guaranteed spending!
On Cutting the Size of Government
  • 2010 Affordable Healthcare Act or Obamacare has taken over 20% of our economy
  • 158,000 federal employees added since 2008. That’s a 9.4% increase compared to just 3.3% in the private sector.
  • Mandatory spending will grow from 25% of the budget in 1965 to 63% by 2024. When net interest is added, this spending will consume 75% of the budget.
  • In 2014, the federal government spent more than $28,800 per household and still managed a $4,000 deficit per household. In 2024, spending per household will be $47,300
  • Medicaid is the fastest-growing entitlement program and will grow by 87% over the decade, due to Obamacare expansion.
  • 44% of the projected growth in major entitlement spending over the next decade is due to Obamacare’s subsidies and Medicaid expansion
  • Common Core: federal control over local schools.
On Entitlement Reform
  • The current administration canceled the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, by taking out the work requirement.
  • In 2003, the entitlement share of the budget was 44%, compared with 49% today.
  • Spending on Social Security, the largest federal program today, will surge by 77%, from $845 billion in 2014 to $1.5 trillion in 2024.
  • Medicare is the largest health care program and its spending will surge by 72%, from $603 billion in 2014 to $1.04 trillion in 2024.
  • In FY 2012, the total cost of federal and state means-tested welfare programs reached nearly $950 billion, an all-time high which is a 16-fold increase since the “War on Poverty” started.

Can we stop this out of control freight train?

Thomas Paine, a key player during the American Revolution, said on the birthday of a new nation (1776), “We have it in our power to begin the world all over again.” Because of the incredible force of freedom and the exceptional abilities that all Americans were born with, I have great confidence that we have the ability to turn this train around and start again.

First, we must be people that live with love, integrity, and honesty and do the right things in life. We need to listen to our heart and put family, friends and neighbors ahead of how bureaucrats tell us we should live. Don’t squander your freedom away to swindlers, organizers, and community activists with bad intentions. People that divide and try to limit or prohibit any type of questions or analytic scrutiny are people who know their opinions and ideas cannot stand up under critical analysis. If their message is not in line with our Founding Fathers understanding of freedom and liberty, then they have ulterior motives.

Secondly, we need to make the necessary economic changes to save our economy now. We need to pay down our debt and pass a balanced budget amendment to stop Congress from being reckless and irresponsible with our money. It’s now our responsibility to make sure that intergenerational succession is corrected for future generations to come.

Thirdly we must be “Modern Day Pioneers” and work towards restoring the “American Spirit.” This Spirit was alive and well with the pioneers that settled America. They left jobs, family and a predictable life to cross oceans, continents, deserts and mountains just to have an opportunity to own their own property and to live free. We need to relearn what it took to settle this country and the sacrifices that were made by millions to create the freest country in human history. If we lose sight of this and allow dividers and organizers to rewrite our history, our hope of living in a free society may be over.

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream, it must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States of America where men were free.”

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