Tuesday, November 24, 2015
It's hard to believe that Benjamin Franklin once wanted our national bird to be the turkey. Can you imagine a turkey being our national bird instead of the American Bald Eagle? Fortunately, Mr. Franklin was overruled and the turkey can take its rightful place at our Thanksgiving dinner table.
I recently had the privilege of traveling in Israel for two weeks. It was a wonderful trip filled with many sights, smells, and wonders, but it also left me thinking of the many things I am thankful for right here in my own country and neighborhood.
I am so thankful for the many men and women who have served and defended my country so that I have the freedoms and rights that I usually take for granted. I am thankful that I don't have to go through multiple checkpoints to get to my dentist. I am thankful that I do not have my water rationed. I am thankful for the ability to travel without restrictions for the most part and for the fact that my children live in a country full of opportunity and for the most part security.
With all the turmoil going on in the rest of the world, with thousands, and perhaps millions, of people being displaced from their homes and possessions, I feel extremely fortunate to live where I do. Whatever your spiritual beliefs, I would ask that you take a moment and pray for those less fortunate this week at your dinner table.
I am also thankful that we live in a country of entrepreneurs. Think of all the massive changes that have taken place in the past several years.
As it turns out, we really can drill our way to lower energy prices. In fact, I paid $1.56 a gallon for gas earlier this week and we just may see it go lower.
The smart phone revolution and the apps that came with it have made life much easier and increased productivity for workers, parents, students, travelers, health care professionals, patients, etc. The list of new benefits never seems to end.
Driverless cars, while not here for regular consumers, continue to improve and wind their way down the long road towards mass production.
So when you pause to be thankful this week, think for a moment of the innovators who have been tolling away to make our lives better. Yes, I know they don't do it for the heck of it; they want to enrich themselves along the way, but just think about where we would be without their efforts!
That's why it's more important than ever to be thankful for the things that are going right in the U.S. economy. Even as our overly large government continues to grow larger, with more spending, more entitlements, and more regulation - all of which bog down the economic growth rate like mud in the field - it has been a battle between entrepreneurs and their wealth creation versus the government and redistribution. If you have not noticed, the entrepreneurs have kept the economy moving forward.
I will end with a quote from Winston Churchill, "All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."