That’s why The Heritage Foundation recently released Saving the American Dream, a budget plan designed to achieve precisely the goals outlined here. Our proposal aims to preserve America’s promise bequeathed to us by past generations.
Heritage’s plan may be economic in nature, but it has a higher moral purpose. If entitlements are not reformed, future generations and ones will be saddled with taxes so high, they will end liberty as we know it.
Edmund Burke reminds us to think of our time on this earth not as an individual and temporary event, but rather as a partnership “between those who are living, those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.”
We’ve been here before, and every time the American people have always risen to the occasion and seized the moment. In 1776 we were told that no upstart colonists could defeat the strongest nation in the world. In 1860 we were told the Union could not hold and that America was over. In 1980 we were told that the American century was at an end. Each time, we rose to the challenge -- and conquered.
Hard times demand clear thinking, smart decisions, tough choices -- and action. The future of our nation is at stake.
Ed Feulner is president of The Heritage Foundation (heritage.org).