As federal budget deadlines loom, I hope that Congress recognizes the immense value of programs that sustain our country's irreplaceable natural resources. Healthy natural systems are the foundation for a healthy economy.
The time for simple belt tightening, repealing the Bush tax cuts, soaking the rich, "praying out the gay", or cutting out that illusive waste and fraud is long past. Only a total restructuring of what government does can provide any hope that the next generation.
If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.
At a time like this it is essential that government emergency services, particularly federal, be ready to help those areas that need relief. Think back to Katrina. We learned a lot from that catastrophe, did we not? Well, not all of us. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor didn't.
If major job-creating legislation is passed, and millions of jobs are indeed created, the right-wing economic catechism that government spending and counter-cyclical deficit spending do not work will be vanquished.