January 1, 2007
Optimism for the New Year
eternal optimism for the New Year is with the American people. It is not
with a newly controlled Congress or the battered leadership in the White
Optimism has always been the soul and spirit of successful Americans,
buttressed by a backbone of resiliency. Americans in 2007 will continue
to improve their lives, their communities and the economy despite the
incremental setbacks imposed by Congress, and the inability of the
administration to achieve breakthrough legislation on the big issues
that matter the most. The big issues will not change in the coming year
– namely, national security, sustaining a vibrant economy, restructuring
Social Security and Medicare and runaway government spending.
Americans who will improve their lives in the coming year are the ones
who will not fall for the political rhetoric. They will see their
present situation as an opportunity to take another positive step
forward. Democrats continue to trumpet that this vibrant economy, low
unemployment, home ownership at an all-time high and higher average
wages are only helping the rich. They consistently illustrate the old
saying that numbers don’t lie, but liars use numbers. Sometimes, the
liars don’t use any numbers at all.
vibrant economy will give some workers a boost to their
company-sponsored retirement plan in the New Year, and it will give some
workers an opportunity to participate in a retirement plan for the first
time. Low unemployment means nearly everyone who chooses to work will
have a job. For those who choose to work two jobs to get that first home
or send their children to college, the New Year will bring some new
hope. These optimistic families are not waiting for a new tuition tax
deduction from Uncle Sam.
average wages are driven more by those who choose to work a little
harder, and more consistently, than they are driven by those who choose
to stay stuck in class warfare neutral, or those waiting for an increase
in the minimum wage. Granted, some people will be worse off in 2007
because of circumstances beyond their control, but there is no
government agency called the “Department of Happy” to make their dreams
those Americans who believe in pursuing their happiness rather than
waiting for another incremental crumb from Washington, D.C., and for
those who look for the best in circumstances rather than the worst, 2007
will be a Happy New Year.
Unfortunately, the new Congress will give us another New Year filled
with old ideas, despite the promises of a new direction. They will kill
the proposed 700-mile fence along our southern border, offer an amnesty
program for illegal aliens, raise the minimum wage, increase Social
Security taxes, slow down economic growth by allowing the current tax
rates to expire, tell businesses how to compensate their employees and
tell oil companies what to charge for gasoline.
and optimism will also spread throughout the world in 2007. The hanging
of Saddam Hussein will provide optimistic Iraqis and oppressed people
throughout the Middle East the will to proceed with their dreams of
democracy and self-determination. As President Bush stated after
Saddam’s death, “This would not have been possible without
the Iraqi people's determination to create a society governed by the
rule of law.”
may not yet flow like a river throughout the world, but hope and
optimism will spread like wildfire.
Without hope in the prospect for success and a brighter future, we as
individuals and as a nation are without purpose and vision. Hope is the
basis for all achievements, great and small. This great nation was built
on the shoulders of those filled with hope, and those who believed in a
better tomorrow despite the obstacles. We can force Congress to
unshackle us from the chains of economic slavery and allow all citizens
the opportunity to achieve economic freedom.
we have inspired leadership in the White House and a new attitude about
the future of this country in Congress, we can only expect minimal
achievements inside the Washington Beltway in another New Year. Since
most of us live outside the Washington Beltway, there will always be new
hope and a happy 2007.
wish everyone a Happy New Year. Wishing people Happy New Year is not a
wish for instant prosperity. It is a hope for a new attitude, new
opportunities and new achievements.
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