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Huntington POV: Cut From A Different Cloth

Where's it all going?

With America’s national debt now approaching $14.5 trillion and the executive branch of the federal government relentlessly promoting fiscal policies that may only result in a further escalation of that debt, it is little wonder that our citizens are presently experiencing a national sense of foreboding. Defeatism, however, is not an American option. After all, ours is a nation that, philosophically speaking, is cut from a different cloth.

From the darkest days of our revolution, through the great congressional takeover of 2010, we are a people who thrive on adversity, a people who overcame great odds to achieve remarkable things. To further the human condition, to advance our own prosperity and to secure a culture of individual autonomy through limited, representative government – these are the tenets of Americanism.

Though our present leadership would appear to be hostile toward these hallmarks of American culture, and though there is little doubt that our nation is now at a crossroads, we must not relent to the temptation of giving up. The American Constitution provides, for times such as these, a veritable line of defense.

While it is true that the size and scope of America’s public debt represents a seemingly insurmountable obstacle toward its future national prosperity, it is also true that we have not yet reached a point of no return.

The big three entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security presently account for nearly two-thirds of all federal spending. It is these broken systems that must first be reformed into viable and self-sustaining entities if America is to remain the preeminent economy of the world.

Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has recently offered a plan to achieve such results. Mr. Ryan’s budget has passed in the House, but has since been categorically dismissed by the Obama Administration. Also brought forth by Representative Ryan and the Republican majority in the House, were a series of tax-cut initiatives aimed at spurring and maintaining strong economic growth. These plans, too, have been spurned by President Obama, who wields the constitutional power of the veto.

So what is a nation to do when imbued with a sense of hopelessness and the ensuing frustration that naturally coincides with knowing how to solve a problem, yet lacking the wherewithal to do so?

The answer lies, as so many do, in the heart of American law – the U.S. Constitution. To wit, the 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

While there is little that Congress can do, prior to the election of a new president, to eliminate the wound that is America’s national debt, there is much that can be accomplished by state and local legislatures to effectively stop the bleeding. By curbing municipal spending and minimizing public obligations, state, county and local governments can operate as the common citizen’s virtual boots on the ground in defense of federal usurpation, essentially engaging in delay tactics until such a time (2013) when America can reset its strategy.

For this reason, with regard to town and county government, the upcoming off-year elections may be the most important such elections in American history. Suffolk County residents have an obligation to ensure that the same measures that are actively being pursued in our nation’s House of Representatives, likewise gain prevalence in the office of a new county executive. Concerning the American economy, a point of no return is fast approaching. Choose wisely.

Jeremy Pitcoff

Jeremy Pitcoff is a contributor to the Village Tattler’s Huntington POV and a freelance columnist and a committeeman for the Smithtown Republican Party. The VT welcomes perspectives from all area residents. Huntington POV does not reflect the views of the Village Tattler, rather the individuals who submitted them. Click here for more about the rules and process for submitting an article or other media for publication.

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