According to a recent CBO Brief, we're in some serious trouble. http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/116xx/doc11659/07-27_Debt_FiscalCrisis_Brief.pdf Interestingly enough, the document points to "restraining the growth of spending or increasing revenues significantly as a share of GDP" as a way out of the mess, but fails to state the obvious - that the latter option would have a drastically harmful effect on consumer spending, business growth, business investment, etc. and further consolidate power to a growing and already unconstitutional federal government. They fail to point out clearly and honestly to the American people (in this small section) that social entitlement programs and the cost of running a military empire worldwide is quickly destroying our budget and our country. They talk about being in serious trouble, but like any government organization, they're not telling you just how bad it is. They're not telling you about the 109 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities ($350,000 liability per U.S. Citizen (not even per tax payer)) Get the jawdropping truth, here: http://usdebtclock.org/ Folks, the founding fathers would be ashamed of the country we've become. We've abandoned the principles of small government and personal responsibility. We've abandoned the principles of trading and doing business with all countries, but making alliances and enemies with none. What happened with frugality? What happened to common sense? Your pet projects are spending us into oblivion, and although all are good-intentioned... the end result will be less prosperity, less personal liberty, and less freedom for all of us. It's time to come to the realization that big-government is not the answer. Both parties are to blame, shifting spending to their own pet projects whenever in office. We need to have a national conversation, a conversation the Tea Party is leading right now, about what the role of government ought to be. If you think the role of government is to take care of you from cradle to grave, we'll likely continue along this path. If you think the role of government is to supply basic security, an infrastructure of law and access to basic utilities, but to generally stay out of our lives and exist primarily to ensure maximum liberty... then we may have a chance of survival. The kind of liberty we all enjoy today is an exceedingly rare thing. I only hope that we don't take it for granted and hasten the advancement to complacency/dependence and then to tyranny.