There is, of course, the deficits that the states and the Federal Government have to contend with. Because the economy has slowed down as it has, the expected revenue is not coming in. So, tough choices have to be made. The choice we cannot make is selling our public infrastructure to private groups. But, that is also beginning to happen. The State of Pennsylvania accepted a $ 12.8 Billion bid to for a 75-year on the 500-mile Pennsylvania turnpike. I am sure that the Mayor of Los Angeles is thinking about how to leverage its' Airport Assets (Palmdale, LAX & Ontario) to see how it can bridge the gap of its' budget deficit. I realize that Government is not the answer to all our problems. Yet, we have to assess how we are going to preserve the investments we have made as a nation for the future generations. Giving it all away is not the answer.
Last, but not least, is the War on Drugs. We have the "War on Terror", which seems to be challenging as ever. But, the War on Drugs seems to be ever more challenging by virtue of the toll it is taking on the Mexican State. We have to pay attention to the soft underbelly that is our Southern Border. I hope that our Government has not taken its' eye off the ball.