Before the 2012 election, I was “afraid.”

Now, I am discouraged.

Not only are the president and his fellow Democrats refusing to cut or reduce spending on entitlements (Obamacare and a seemingly endless list of “stimulus” spending), Republicans, stung by the effort to force spending cuts and the resulting drubbing at the polls after the president shut down the government, are letting them get away with it.

The Congressional Budget Office projects that the federal deficits will begin increasing after 2015 and continue unending for the foreseeable future, unless policies are changed. The federal deficit is projected to exceed $20 trillion by 2020.

The real kicker is that the president’s proposed 2015 budget eviscerates the budget for the U.S. Armed Forces, with cuts that will bring the size of the Army to a lower level than before the beginning of the buildup for World War II; it also slashes budgets for the Air Force and Navy.

Now, with the world ignoring the president’s drawing of red and other types of meaningless “lines in the sand,” potential adversaries such as the radical leaders of Iran and the accused human rights abuser of North Korea, no longer fear the U.S. and its military might.

There is no greater threat to peace in the world than when the greatest power for good, the USA, withdraws into its shell. One needs only to look at the history of the last century to realize the truth of that statement.

Richard Grover, Mason Township


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