Unfortunately, the new Congress will give us another New Year filled with old ideas, despite the promises of a new direction. They will kill the proposed 700-mile fence along our southern border, offer an amnesty program for illegal aliens, raise the minimum wage, increase Social Security taxes, slow down economic growth by allowing the current tax rates to expire, tell businesses how to compensate their employees and tell oil companies what to charge for gasoline.
Hope and optimism will also spread throughout the world in 2007. The hanging of Saddam Hussein will provide optimistic Iraqis and oppressed people throughout the Middle East the will to proceed with their dreams of democracy and self-determination. As President Bush stated after Saddam’s death, “This would not have been possible without the Iraqi people's determination to create a society governed by the rule of law.” Peace may not yet flow like a river throughout the world, but hope and optimism will spread like wildfire.
Without hope in the prospect for success and a brighter future, we as individuals and as a nation are without purpose and vision. Hope is the basis for all achievements, great and small. This great nation was built on the shoulders of those filled with hope, and those who believed in a better tomorrow despite the obstacles. We can force Congress to unshackle us from the chains of economic slavery and allow all citizens the opportunity to achieve economic freedom.
Until we have inspired leadership in the White House and a new attitude about the future of this country in Congress, we can only expect minimal achievements inside the Washington Beltway in another New Year. Since most of us live outside the Washington Beltway, there will always be new hope and a happy 2007.
Let’s wish everyone a Happy New Year. Wishing people Happy New Year is not a wish for instant prosperity. It is a hope for a new attitude, new opportunities and new achievements.
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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