Americans from both sides of the aisle know we are facing a crisis due to our accumulation of debt, but very few know how indebted we have truly become.

With our national debt now at $21 trillion, there are serious concerns with our ability to pay back what we owe so that future generations can live in prosperity. Many Republicans have campaigned on lowering our national debt and balancing the budget, we have seen too little action and too much politically expedient rhetoric. By cutting $4 Billion in wasteful government spending, Lt. Col. Russell has shown deeds where others just have words.

There is a popular expression, ‘when government doesn’t know what it’s supposed to do, it ends up trying to do everything.’ Sadly, politicians in Washington have lost sight of the expressed, limited powers of the federal government. If left unchecked, federal spending will destroy the economic opportunities for our children.

Quite simply, we must deal with our debt or our debt will deal with us.

Now is our time to act. We must reduce spending now, and we must reduce the size and scope of the federal government.

We as a nation have achieved feats much too great to let this issue defeat us. The America we grew up with is still here, but it’s waiting for a generation to reclaim the principles that have incubated the greatest achievements and advances in the history of mankind.


Steve Russell was a member of the U.S. Army.  Use of this military rank, job titles, and photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Department of the Army or the Department of Defense.