Many older people have no one to care for them. As head of an organization that provides health care and housing to low-income seniors, I take very seriously the reality that for many vulnerable Americans, we have become their family.
We are a nation woven together by eclectic threads of common faith in the truth that all people are created equal. Again and again, our darkest hours have come when elements within our own national body have tested this faith.
Requiring preliminary budget estimates is the first step in implementing a more transparent and accountable budget process. This allows us to better engage our stakeholders, including County residents, in the budget process.
We self-employed are doing our part to help the nation reduce its debt by paying taxes. Frankly, if some of the nine million unemployed Americans were given some incentive to join our ranks, we'd be paying down that debt a lot faster.
The deal worked out to allow a rise in the debt ceiling gives us our first real chance in more than a decade to make significant cuts to our country's out-of-control war budget, but we are going to have to fight for them.
Opponents of proposed reductions in the Pentagon's spending plans have increasingly settled on one frightening phrase: "hollow military." No one wants this. Thankfully, there is no danger that we will have one under any current budget-cutting plan.
I know I'm not alone in my frustration with our elected leaders' recent struggles with... well, with leadership. The fact that they created a financial disaster for our nation, and then failed to fix it in any permanent way, troubles me.
Most empires have been brought down by profligate spending and poor budget controls, not foreign invaders. The United States looks to be the latest example unless it can order its finances and rein in Wall Street. So far, not much sign of either.
A number of long-term trends has paralyzed policymakers and made it difficult to address pressing problems. Unless these conditions improve, it will be difficult for elected leaders to address the budget deficit.
This credit rating shift will certainly prompt a series of finger pointing exercises -- from those who manufactured the debt ceiling crisis to those who allowed the crisis to occur in the first place. In the end, it is America that loses in these games.
If Congress gets smart, goes back into negotiations immediately and comes up with a credible plan to implement budget savings of more than $4 trillion over the next 10 years, the world will have renewed faith in the its largest economy.
The agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts has made a lot of people very unhappy. But the agreement had one important positive aspect: it created a historic opportunity for significant cuts in projected military spending.
The more than 500 point drop in the stock market on Thursday shows that neither the public nor investors think lawmakers in Washington have developed a process or the details necessary to solve the national debt crisis.