“We are at a critical juncture in American history, and our choices are stark and unpleasant.
“We will either stop the out-of-control government spending in which both political parties have engaged, make the painful but necessary cuts to bring down the deficits, and codify the requirement for a balanced budget in our Constitution, or we will stay on the present course despite all warnings to turn back, and watch our nation destroy itself from within.
“Neither choice will be painless. The time for painless solutions has passed us by, and all the questions and answers going forward will be difficult. We all share in the circumstances that brought us to this point, so placing blame is a meaningless exercise. The question we are asking of our leaders, and ourselves, is “What are we going to do about it?”