Republicans and Democrats disagree about just about everything, but there is one thing I am sure they both agree on:
The United States of America has an empire to maintain.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to have the world's most powerful military, a military that is at least 3 generations ahead of the next-most-powerful one.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to have the world's best-educated, most-tech-savvy population, the most inventive and innovative people on the planet.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to have the world's healthiest population and the world's best medical care, and that care must be available to all the people, all the time.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to have the world's best, most-reliable and efficient infrastructure at all levels: The best roads, seaports, airports, canals, railroads; the most reliable water and power systems; the best and most effective mass transit systems, etc.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to have allies and friends everywhere, all over the world.
The United States has by far the world's most powerful military; we spend as much on our armed forces as the next 10 nations do, combined.
The United States has long had the world's best-educated, most tech-savvy population but, perhaps because we have argued and fought with one another over what and how to teach our children, other nations have caught up with us in recent decades.
The United States, while having what many call the world's best medical care system, has become what other observers of our national health describe as progressively less-well over time; recent ranking systems place the US not much higher than any number of developing nations in terms of overall healthcare.
There was a time, not so very long ago, when landing at a US airport transported the traveler to what seemed like the future. No more! The People's Republic of China, Japan, Brasil, Canada, Mexico and the nations of Europe have outpaced the U.S. in terms of infrastructure development; while the U.S. was fighting two wars in the Middle East and South Asia, other countries invested in infrastructure; for example, there is now a bridge in China that is more than 100 miles long, and Germany has shuttered a number of her nuclear power plants in favor of solar energy.
The United States' habit of engaging in so-called "Cowboy Diplomacy" over the last quarter-century has won us few new friends on the international stage.
In order to maintain an empire, it is necessary to fund and pay for all of the things needed to keep it going. I pray that the people of the United States will together come to the realization that it is necessary to pay for what we want and need in order to remain the planet's last, best hope; the one indispensable nation; the lone superpower. If we don't do that, rest assured, our competitors will pass us by, and it is a virtual certainty that the next great empire won't be as kind to us as we have been to the empires we overtook in our rise to the top.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom