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Opening up the dialogue

Posted: February 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm   /   by

From the Hill's Congress Blog:

By Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) – 02/16/11 09:08 AM ET

We are broke.

The American people understand this and they are asking Congress to have an honest conversation about where we stand and how we can ensure that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities we once had. Unfortunately, the Administration wants to continue business as usual and try to tax and spend its way out of this recession.

It isn’t working.

If we are serious about getting our nation out of debt then we need to have an adult conversation about our entitlement programs and the culture of spending on Capitol Hill. I am deeply disappointed in the President’s FY 2012 budget request. Not only does it ignore the larger issues at hand, it spends more than we have, taxes our hard working families and small businesses and adds more to our skyrocketing national debt. We are building up the federal machine- the bureaucracies and regulators, at the expense of the American free market system.

First and foremost, we need to stop the mentality of spending more than we take in. Nowhere in America could a small business survive if it continued to spend more than it earns. The President’s budget calls for $3.8 trillion in spending this year alone. That equals 25.3 percent of the GDP – the highest percentage since World War II. Furthermore, the President’s budget requires $46 trillion in spending over the decade, $8.7 trillion of which is NEW spending. We simply cannot afford his budget. We must cut spending and start living within our means . . . KEEP READING