Peace and Prosperity in
January 2, 2006
ongoing war in Iraq, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and congressional scandals all
served to make 2005 a tough year for America.
We can hope and pray that 2006 is a happier and more peaceful year for
Americans, regardless of their views on the Iraq war, can share the hope that
the killing in that country will end in 2006-- and that our troops can begin to
goal in Iraq at this point must be self-determination for the Iraqi people,
nothing more and nothing less. Nation
building doesn't work and we can't afford it.
We should seek to get our troops out of the country as soon as possible
and remain neutral toward the various factions still vying for power. The
ultimate solution may be for Iraq to break up into several countries based on
ethnic and religious differences.
Regardless of the outcome, we must have the courage and integrity to admit that our founders' wise counsel against foreign entanglements was correct. Once the rationale for the war shifted from weapons of mass destruction to installing democracy, our credibility became dependent on true Iraqi sovereignty-- even if the government that emerges is not to our liking. True sovereignty for Iraq cannot be realized unless and until we end our occupation and stop trying to engineer political outcomes.
prosperity at home cannot be achieved if we allow government to engage in the
kind of runaway spending that marked the final months of 2005.
The fiscal year 2006 budget, already bloated with billions of dollars in
unnecessary and counterproductive spending, became an 11th hour
Christmas grab bag for every group or industry seeking a handout. Several
federal agencies and bureaucracies needlessly received even more funding than
originally requested by the administration.
Dangerous foreign aid spending also grows next year, sending more of your tax dollars overseas to fund dubious regimes that often later become our enemies- as we've seen in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Congress cannot continue to increase spending each year and expect tax revenues to keep pace. No reasonable person can argue that a $2.4 trillion budget does not contain huge amounts of special interest spending that can and should be cut by Congress, especially when we are waging an off-budget war in Iraq that costs more than $1 billion every week.
is easy for us to lose sight of the primary responsibility of our government
during troubled times, and many Americans are anxious to have the administration
spend any amount and ignore the Constitution to achieve some mythical standard
of security. Yet we should
not forget that peace and prosperity are best secured by a government that
secures liberty for its citizens. The best formula for securing liberty is
limited government at home and a noninterventionist foreign policy abroad. Americans deserve better from their government in 2006
than huge deficits, scandals, domestic spying, and mindless partisanship.