Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Finally, Fiscal Responsibility: A Way to Save Social Security, Medicare, and Lockheed Martin

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Finally, Fiscal Responsibility: A Way to Save Social Security, Medicare, and Lockheed Martin

Article excerpt

This being our special issue on sustainability and consumerism, I wanted to distract us from the topic of personal responsibility before somebody notices that I have more than one car. So let's quickly broaden the conversation to include the federal government, an institution that is currently embroiled in its own issues of fiscal sustainability, in particular the future of critical entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Lockheed Martin.

Living outside our nation's capital, you may be uninformed on these issues, given that a chastened liberal media has decided to abandon its constitutional mandate and pretty much cover Michael Jackson 24 hours a day. To your credit, however, many of you plan to lodge a formal complaint with the local television station, just as soon as you see what the Style channel is saying about the jury's outfits.

The good news is that, in its recently released 2006 budget proposal, the White House has finally confronted powerful lobbies and cut government programs that have for decades placed an enormous burden on our national treasury. With apologies to no one, the Bush budget simply pulls the plug on these special interests and their narrow agendas.

Such as schools for American Indian children.

Also, emergency food aid for the poor.

These are just two of the wasteful programs against which the Bush administration has vowed to stand up and say, simply, "Enough." In its bold commitment to cut the federal deficit, the president has vowed to bring an end to the unchecked influence wielded by the undernourished and the undereducated who, since World War II, have been gorging themselves at the public trough. Meanwhile, lobbyists for underrepresented groups--such as the defense industry--have been forced to grovel for the crumbs left over.

If this budget passes, gone will be the days when lawmakers cringe at the sight of the poor and the elderly walking the halls of government like they own the place. No more will minorities "have their way" with legislators who are forced to take meetings--often instead of spending time with patriotic representatives of the oil industry--to listen to these groups place their own selfish needs above the good of the country. …

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