After watching the developments in Crimea the past several weeks, it has occurred to me that the United States is rapidly becoming the Avis of countries. We very soon will be running around bragging that we are No. 2 and we all know what a No. 2 is. Very shortly we'll be No. 2 economically behind China and No. 2 militarily behind Russia.
We have spent ourselves into a hole trying to support two unfunded wars that were not necessary, and on our needed social programs at home. We have reduced our federal budget to just about as low as it can go without having a revolt of our own people, so the consequences have been inevitable for some time.
If revenue isn't increased and increased substantially very soon, we will surely fail as a nation.