We cannot do this in a vacuum, however. We have an obligation to these men and women, and to all Americans, to decrease our debt, lower taxes that impede growth, and assure employers, especially the small businesses that are the engine of our economy, that help and leadership is on the way.
George Washington remarked in 1788, “Under a good government, this Country certainly promises greater advantages, than almost any other, to persons of moderate property, who are determined to be sober, industrious, and virtuous members of Society.” We need to rekindle the drive and optimism that led us to be a model for the rest of the world. It still exists. It is what our veterans have fought for over the past 200 years.
As we reflect on the meaning of our independence this week, we should remind ourselves that the cost of our freedom and opportunity has been the blood of our veterans. Today’s economic climate is not the homecoming they deserve.
—Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.), is chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.