Star Parker

It is not enough to just talk about spending. All government spending is not created equal. Spending for national defense is a clear constitutional responsibility of the federal government.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the main source of growth of government spending will be entitlements - government health care programs and Social Security. By 2038 they will double as a percentage of our national economy.

Spending per student in our public school system has increased 200 percent since 1970 with no change in test scores.

Despite claims that so-called “social” issues are different from economic issues, the evidence is overwhelming correlating poverty, lack of education, and lack of upward mobility to growing up in a home without two married parents. Can we continue to delude ourselves that we can have a free, prosperous country when almost half our babies are born to unwed mothers?

As our country ages and there are as many Americans over 85 as there are under 5, can we continue to believe that it doesn’t matter that we abort a million babies a year?

Lincoln told America that it can’t be half slave and half free. It will become all one or all the other.

Tea Partiers have been the voice of opposition from the grass roots. The question remains if Republicans will listen and respond with the same boldness to lead in the direction of freedom as Obama and his party have in leading in the opposite direction.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.