My fellow Americans. I wish that I could deliver good news to you today. I wish I could tell you the future of this country was full of promise, prosperity, and light. Unfortunately, I cannot. I can only tell you what is wrong, and how we as a people can fix the many wrongs committed by elected politicians.
This economy is in shambles, and the United States no longer leads the world as a top producer. We are no longer competitive in the market, largely due to the crippling tax rates on businesses. With our rates nearing 40%, companies are not growing, and new businesses are not created.
We are riddled in debt. 16 trillion is a massive number. At the rate things in D.C. have been going, we will never be able to pay the debt off. Each month billions of dollars are going toward ONLY the interest on this staggering amount.
Many in the city of Washington D.C. would have you believe that our way out is to “tax the rich.” I am here to tell you today, this is not the case. Time and history have shown that raising taxes causes undo burden on all people of a nation. This country was founded, in part, by people protesting the taxes of the British Empire. We have become far removed from this reality. The solution has been to take more and spend ten times what we take. This must end!
We need drastic cuts and reforms to fix these problems. I am not speaking of superficial spending cuts. I am talking major cuts.
It is time to remove our military presence from bases all over the world. This will save billions of dollars for our nation. We must also cease aid to foreign nations, especially those who hate our culture, our heritage, and our way of life. They can hate us for free.
We must cut social programs in a drastic manner, and put tougher restrictions for their use. And we must go after fraud in these systems quickly, and harshly. There is no reason for food stamps to pay for alcohol. We cannot afford to reward bad behavior.
We must also cut taxes across the board to allow businesses to grow and hire the unemployed members of this nation.
Our unemployment is at 7.9%. This is far too high. As stated already, we can ease this burden by cutting the tax rates across the board. More people working will increase the revenue in a far more effective manner than implementing choking taxes.
We must also encourage business to hire veterans for leadership positions in the private sector. These brave men and women volunteer their lives on our behalf, and their leadership is proven from a young age. There are servicemen and women younger than 25 leading Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, and Sailors in the most high stress environments imaginable. Even without a management degree, they have proven their worth, and we need to get them into jobs where their leadership skills can improve the economy.
Within the realm of helping our veterans obtain the jobs they deserve, we have for far too long ignored the wounds they have received while doing what was asked of them. We can no longer sit idly by as an average of 22 men and women take their own lives while they battle their inner scars, waiting two years or more on claims and medical care. We are the ones who asked them to go. They signed the checks up to an amount including their lives, yet we have brushed them aside when they return home. On 2012 we lost more of these brave souls to suicide, than in combat operations. We must get the resources to the warriors, and stop making excuses.
This administration; this Senate; this House; this Supreme Court have largely forgotten their oaths to preserve and protect the Constitution and people of the United States. It is time for this madness to stop now!
No more executive orders granting more and more power to the executive branch. No more military actions without Congressional approval. No more execution of American citizens. No more interpretation of the Constitution. There is a way to amend the document, and it was made intentionally difficult. It’s time we listen to our founders.
This Congress has failed to produce a budget for more than four years in spite of a majority of Democrats. I propose that if a budget is not passed, as required by our laws, not only should pay be frozen, but impeachment proceedings begin starting with the majority and minority leaders, then begin hitting other committee leaders, until a budget is passed. And a budget must include a reduction to the national debt.
The recklessness must end. The Constitution must be adhered to. This is but a small bit of our nation’s problems. There is so much that must be done. It took decades for erosion to take place. It will take decades to rebuild.
So I ask America, will you build with me?