During my 22 years in the military, one of the key lessons I learned is you don’t go home until the mission’s accomplished. You finish the task to the best of your ability and only when it meets the high standard that’s expected of every troop and leader. Our men and women in uniform know that standing guard on freedom’s rampart means long hours. It means being away from your loved ones. It means being willing to be totally devoted, to make the ultimate sacrifice for those who you may never meet.
It means understanding the true meaning of the word character — doing what’s right when no one is watching.
Sadly, these lessons are lost on those folks calling themselves our elected representatives in Washington, D.C. Ask any Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine how much of their time off they sacrifice. Many of us, when it comes to retirement, have months of accrued leave that we can finally take as we end our careers in uniform. Why? Because the mission was more important, the call to service was more vital, than the personal reward of taking a vacation. And yes, it was hard to look into the eyes of our children to say goodbye as we headed to more training missions and deployments, or to tell them “we can’t take that vacation this summer.”
And so here we are in the month of August and our House of Representatives is off on “recess.” My question is, from what? They’ll say,”Our job’s done; we passed a healthcare bill.” But there’s no solution for the healthcare issue in America. We’re still awaiting a tax reform bill, and the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee is responsible for this. As far as I know, nothing has even been passed out of committee by way of tax reform.
Yes, the Dow Jones industrial average and other economic indices are setting record highs, but investors are expecting tax reform and for that reform to be retroactive to January 2017. They’re talking about the tax reform package to be done by November … so again, why are they at home?
There’s a major disconnect between Washington, D.C. and the rest of the country. We’ve drifted into very dangerous waters where we’ve elected officials who deem themselves above the masses. They’ve indeed become a political elite.