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Balance the budget. And then balance it and check it again and again until ever taxpayer penny is accounted for.

America is in debt because Fedzilla has grown too large, is virtually unaccountable, grossly inefficient and maniacally borrows and blows too much money that we, the taxpayers, are on the hook to repay. Currently, the share of Fedzilla debt is $43,000 for every man, woman and child in America. And it continues to grow.

If we are going to climb out of this deep financial hole, a good place to start would be President Clinton’s statement that “the era of big government is over.” This time, however, we better mean it. The fate of America is at stake.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).