Standing Up For Our Future
Greetings to all Americans, and welcome to the Next Generation weekly update.
I am so thrilled that PJ Media offered me the opportunity to lead their new, mission-critical programming that zeros in on the future for America’s next generation. Using many forms of media such as Internet TV, social media, live events, outreach programs and newsletters like this one, we will examine the challenges facing our nation through the eyes of young Americans while encouraging all Americans to stand up for our nation’s future. All of the new programming we are developing will be rolling out in February and March on NextGeneration.TV.
And I’ll keep you up to date on our work to preserve the American dream for future generations right here in this newsletter every week.
You may be wondering why am I taking on this mission.
Earlier this month, my family and I traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., to attend the 2013 BCS Fiesta Bowl. It was truly great to be in such a festive atmosphere, and even see some old friends.
However, as I watched the opening kickoff, I got that deep feeling in the pit of my stomach that it would be a long evening for the K-State Wildcat Nation. So my mind started to drift and analyze what was before me.
I looked over at my two daughters, dressed in K-State purple, and thought about my first college bowl game. I considered the cost today to attend a BCS bowl game, and thought about how the college-bowl experience will be something that will be harder for future generations to afford.
Is our dollar losing such value that ticket prices may become untenable for our next generation? I remember as a kid working hard doing errands and chores for neighbors, like washing cars and cutting grass, to earn the money to go see a game.
This is just one example of traditional American experiences we must stand up for in order to preserve the American dream for future generations.
We find ourselves dealing with incredibly pressing concerns about our fiscal security. We are on track for our fifth year of a deficit larger than $1 Trillion, and no one seems to want to tackle the issue of federal government spending, which is currently near 25 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP).
Instead, hardworking Americans, like those who want to take their kids to ball games, saw a two percent decrease in their take-home pay, and are faced with eight new taxes associated with the Affordable Care Act.
We are embroiled in a seminal decision about American individual liberty and freedom. I am making a stand because I want Americans to have greater opportunities, and that should be our promise to the Next Generation. Will you join me?
Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West