- - Thursday, December 29, 2011


As I do every year, I’m going to make 2012 a bold, wonderful year. Let all Americans who care commit to being like the majestic American bison that turns and faces the howling storm.

Instead of kicking the can down the road, as soulless political wimps have done forever, forcing future generations of Americans ultimately to face and pay for our irresponsibility, let’s do something bold about it instead of squawking, blaming, complaining and procrastinating. Let’s be the new greatest generation.The new year clearly will be a pivotal one politically for America, a veritable tipping point. Whom we elect in 2012 will either set us on a course to begin to fill in the economic hole we have dug or allow our politicians to continue to demand a bigger shovel and a deeper hole. All elections are important, but many of us are convinced that the 2012 election is one of the most if not the most critical election in our history.

With our embarrassing debt surpassing our annual gross domestic product, we need to be bold and brutally honest with ourselves about how to reverse this economic kamikaze swan dive. Less Fedzilla borrowing and spending is always better. Continued runaway spending is a recipe for economic disaster. I say runaway spending runs into a brick wall of fiscal responsibility. Tilt. Party over.

We need to be bold about entitlement spending. While our professional politicians have been reticent to address entitlement spending out of fear the AARP will have them fired, we must encourage them to be bold anyway. Failing to fundamentally restructure the entitlement system will doom the livelihood of future generations of Americans and ultimately turn America into an economic dust bowl.

Preparing our young people today to compete in tomorrow’s world requires us to be bold and address what works in education and jettison what does not. Let’s keep all options on the table, including privatization, charter schools, online education, year-round schooling, vouchers, neighborhood schools, home-schooling, etc. Let’s put Michelle Rhee, former D.C. schools chancellor, in charge and tell her to fix it. I’ll send her one of my many crowbars of logic because I had another bumper crop in 2011.

What we can’t allow is for our tax dollars to continue to be stripped from us and thrown at a public education system that is outrageously expensive, archaic, bureaucratic, inefficient and dysfunctional. I say “Flunk you” to the National Education Association and to parents who don’t care. Fundamentally restructuring our tax system and tax code are two priorities the American public has been requesting - no, demanding - for years but that have been ignored by our politicians. Everyone knows our tax code is a tangled, bureaucratic mess of rules and requirements that leaves even the Internal Revenue Service baffled. We need a bold, open and honest debate about all taxes, including property, income, sales, business and hidden taxes, and a tax code that can be understood easily. Taxes are a necessary evil, but what is not a necessary evil is a tax code that is the largest, most confusing book in the history of mankind. Let’s shred it and start over.

How about passing a law that says no law can be longer than our Constitution, which is roughly 5,000 words? That would be bold. No more congressional buffoonery creating confusing laws that contain hundreds of thousands of words that require an army of legal sharks to interpret. We also should demand that for every new law passed, 10 laws need to be rescinded. How about it GOP?

Bold is beautiful. Let’s get it on in 2012. I am. Are you?

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).

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