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Dawns 1/2/2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

2011 promises to be a year when we can no longer ignore several inconvenient truths:

--The federal government has run up enormous debt, and almost reached the legal limit of how much it can borrow.

--Places like California, New York and Illinois have similar financial problems. They all keep passing more laws that hurt business, have extremely high taxes, and are dominated by public employee unions that pushed to increase pay, benefits, and pensions beyond what the public can afford.

--Our environmental energy restrictions have backfired. These made us dependent on foreign oil, shipped massive amounts of our wealth overseas, and have made utility bills and gasoline prices skyrocket.

A big test in 2011 is whether we'll recognize that big government isn't solving these problems—it's only making them worse. Isn't it time to turn that around?

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.