President Obama promised to start bringing home the troops from Afghanistan last night, rather slowly but I get where he is coming from. The bigger problem has nothing to do with Afghanistan. The ominous tone that he struck tells the story that he still seems to not get what is going on here at home. He said:
America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.
Dear President Obama. We already have a nation. We don't need "nation building" in America. While I am not 100% sure what that means, I am pretty sure that what you mean is "more government spending". That is the last thing we need. When the Left speaks of "investment" they mean more deficit spending aimed at making an ever larger part of the U.S. economy dependent on the Federal government. We never could afford that and that sort of interventionism cripples the economy. The prolonged recession and ballooning deficits speak to the truth of that statement, not to mention the looming entitlement crisis that we have no way of paying for.
What President Obama is hinting at with "nation building here at home", what he really means is remaking America in his image, an America that looks more like Europe and less like the entrepreneurial risk taking capitalism that has made America the envy of the world. I hope that my fellow Americans will see through this and reject the false hope we are promised by trading opportunity for perceived economic security.