Schumer uses Batavia visit to call on America to become a nation of producers again
Submitted by Howard Owens on November 25, 2009 - 2:24pm
Sen. Charles Schumer was in Batavia yesterday to tell local dairy farmers that he is working to bring in federal dollars to help their beleaguered industry.
But he also gave a pep talk for America. WBTA posted the audio (MP3).
Here’s the truth. People do’t like to hear it, but it’s the truth. For the last 15 years under Democratic and Republican presidents, here’s what America did: We consumed more than we produced. We borrowed more than we saved. We imported more than we exported. We were the great production giant of the world. In the last 15 or 20 years, you know what we were? This big giant, big muscles, strong, astride the globe, stuffing our face with candy.
Schumer said Americans need to become a nation of producers again -- saving and exporting, rather than spending and importing.
But America has one advantage, Schumer said: there's no barrier to any person doing whatever he or she wants with his or her life.
We’ve gotten off track. We’ve gotten too fat. We can get back on track. Only America has the system that says, ‘I don’t care who you are, how much money you have, what your daddy did, or mom, you can achieve the stars if you work hard.' So the $64,000 question is, what are the policies that get us back and we’ll be giant again.
Photo courtesy WBTA.