I do not believe that the Social Security system is in crisis.
Certainly, we need to support the communities around the country, and we do.
For as long as this nation has known war, we have embraced the heroes it has produced.
The U.S. Armed Forces are the best trained, best equipped fighting forces in the world.
We must never forget or diminish the sacrifices of those who gave everything for this nation.
Our soldiers and their families are benefiting. They deserve good, quality housing and they need it.
The Federal appropriations process is a marathon, not a sprint, and we are at the beginning of that process.
Medicare and Social Security have created the healthiest and most financially secure generation of senior citizens in American history.
But as someone pointed out earlier, it is not really about fairness; it is about taking finite resources and applying them where they will have the most effect.
This inevitability of conflict motivates us today and echoes the reminder that freedom is not given away and our national security is not achieved without sacrifice.