The first insidious force is the assured destruction of our nation’s economic infrastructure that will be caused by the oppressive income tax code, the dysfunctional Social Security system and unsustainable levels of federal spending. The second is the unwillingness in Congress to fix these known threats to our economy. The third is a public too apathetic about the political process and too reluctant to demand solutions from our elected officials.
We are well aware of the threats posed to our national security by Islamic terrorists from without. President Bush’s October 6 speech reminded us of the numerous worldwide terrorist attacks since September 11, 2001, in places such as London, Bali and even Egypt. The recently released letter from al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri to al Qaeda’s Iraqi commander Abu Musab al Zarqawi is a clear reminder that though the worldwide Islamic terror network has been disrupted by our military presence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East, the terrorists remain resolute in their goal to destroy Western civilization.
Our nation’s national economic security is under attack, yet too many of our elected officials are cowering in the corners of Capitol Hill, unwilling to protect the pillars of our economic infrastructure.
The president and a handful of Congressional Republicans this year have proposed numerous responsible solutions to restructure the Social Security system. Most Republicans, however, lack the political will to fix this crumbling program. Congressional Democrats continue to offer no solutions of their own and refuse to even acknowledge the problem.
In the weeks following the destruction wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the president and Congressional Republicans have engaged in a public debate over both the proper levels of spending needed to invest in hurricane cleanup, and the proper cuts in discretionary spending needed to offset the cleanup costs. Unfortunately, House Republican leaders appear ready to abandon an offset proposal to enact across-the-board cuts in fiscal year 2006 discretionary spending.
Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.
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