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Leaving Our Children A Legacy They Can Be Proud Of

Stephen A. Labate is a financial planner and army veteran who is running for Congress in New York's Third Congressional District

As a Reserve Officer assigned to the Headquarters Department of the Army at the Pentagon, I've been to Washington many times. My trip last week during the 4th of July holiday however, held a much different meaning than my past visits to our nation's capitol.

While at the World War II Memorial, I read a quote by General George Marshall, which said, “We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, and of overwhelming force on the other.”

As I stood in front of the memorial, reflecting on General Marshall’s legendary words and the current state of our country, I realized that this is not the country that America’s greatest generation envisioned for their children and grandchildren, nor the legacy I wish to leave to my own children. 

The United States has long been hailed as the land of opportunity, yet we are fast becoming the land of dependency. Nearly one-sixth of our population relies on food stamps. During the month of June, more people joined the Social Security disability rolls than found jobs. Nearly half of our population pays no federal income tax. Only 47 percent of the working age population is employed full-time and 53 percent of all young college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. 

When you look in your child or grandchild’s eyes, what is your hope for them? Do you aspire for them to become dependent upon the government for cradle to grave care? Or do you hope they will discover the cure for cancer, design a rocket that will take astronauts to Mars, or invent the next technological breakthrough that will improve the lives of millions around the globe.

Our ship has veered off course and is in danger of sinking. Over the past four years, we’ve seen the largest expansion of government in our country's history, and the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression. President Ronald Reagan said it best when he stated, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” 

Government intervention is the problem, not the solution. It is time to change course from the big spending ways of Congressman Steve Israel, and instead encourage the entrepreneurial genius of everyday American's to create jobs, and get us back on the path toward prosperity. I want my children’s dreams and aspirations to be fulfilled through their hard work and ingenuity, not stifled by government.

This election is about solutions, fresh ideas and putting America back on the right track. Our problems can be fixed, and better days do lie ahead, but I cannot do it without your help. I ask you all to join me in this fight. Tell your family and friends about my message, donate your time as a ‘Labate for Congress’ volunteer, and if you are able, donate money. Even the smallest donation can help me spread my message. Together, we can usher in a better tomorrow that all Americans, past, present, and future, can be proud of. 

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John Rennhack July 14, 2012 at 03:10 AM
And Labate, you lying sack, the biggest spenders in the last decade have been republicans under Bush. They spent and spent and spent. Bigger government? Government grew under Bush and the republican congress faster than the six presidents before him and that includes Johnson's Great Society policies. Buhs increased the budget 104%. And the fact is, Obama has decreased the government workforce while Bush had expanded it. Facts, Labate. Facts.
John Rennhack July 14, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Vague generalities is all Labate has. He is either unable to or afraid to give specifics.
John Rennhack July 14, 2012 at 03:15 AM
And as i said before.. Ms. Robinson, the last bit shows this is a campaign advertisement and asking for donations makes this blog post an in-kind contribution by AOL/Patch.
John Rennhack July 14, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Hey, Labate! You write "This election is about solutions, fresh ideas and putting America back on the right track. " So, why don't YOU present solutions and fresh ideas with specifics. Come on, Labate. I double-dog dare you to give us specifics. What is your plan? Can you articulate something more than cheap slogans? I bet you can't.
Nassau Taxpayer July 14, 2012 at 04:02 AM
As expected, another drive-by fragging. Next?

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