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Complacent states of America

Editor:

I’m not sure what world our politicians inhabit, but it’s not the one the rest of us live in. Wasteful spending, by both parties, is beyond belief. It should be crystal-clear, by now, that neither party can effectively manage this country and both deserve to be flushed. Provide them with one-way tickets to their favorite off-shore tax haven, so the rest of us can start over. Can our younger generation rescue us, from damage inflicted by today’s politicians?

Government has deteriorated into a self-serving group of men seeking to maintain their privileged lifestyle. Today’s lawmakers don’t have the guts to do what’s right. Obsessed with re-election, they can’t afford to offend anyone. Remove the re-election factor, by limiting Congress and the president to one term (length be determined by national referendum).

Rebuild America as a nation, not as an empire. Billions of dollars in foreign aid, to countries like Egypt, Syria and Israel? End this nonsense immediately, or call it what it is: a bribe to get these and other countries to behave the way we think they should.

Gain access to more oil through our real allies and completely sever our ties to the Middle East. By now, we should have developed alternative fuel technologies anyway, instead of spending more than $400 million studying Mars, to find out something we already know: it’s a desolate planet!

Close 98 percent of our 700 military bases overseas and save precious American lives and untold billions of dollars. I have utmost respect for the men and women in uniform and none for the politicians and “politically correct” generals who send these good people into harm’s way.

Many of us need to be jolted back to reality and face up to the disgraceful condition of our nation, thanks to the financial blunders of politicians from my generation. Without measurable progress, in reasonable time, disgust seems to be the proper response to lack of results.

Are there any men and women out there, in their 20s and 30s, with guts to stand up to Congress and the administration? After all, you’re the ones who are going to inherit this mess.

Far too many of us have become complacent spectators, thinking the only things worthwhile in life are entertainment and consumption. It’s a sad commentary, when the “Walking Dead” on TV outdraws “The Bible” series, by more than a million viewers. Zombies staggering all over town! This stuff doesn’t even come up to the level of drivel, yet this is what millions of Americans watch.

Having the strongest thumbs in history (from constant texting and playing video games) is not a goal worthy of our younger generation. A worthy goal is to become productive citizens with a conscience, who know the value of hard work, discipline and sacrifice. We are running out of time, to save this nation.

Younger men and women of all races and creeds, please step up and provide the real leadership that’s so lacking, in today’s political climate.

Dennis Regan
Gowanda
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2013-05-12 | 09:28:08
thank you