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Democratic Budget Fails to Reflect the Common Sense Values That Americans Use Every Day

By: Congressman J. Gresham Barrett
web posted April 3, 2009
GUEST OPINION - People who live in the real world, who work for a living – who build houses, wait on tables – they understand that you can’t spend money you don’t have. They know you can’t spend your way out of an economic crisis. They’re making tough decisions. They’re cutting at home and at work. They’re cutting out the extras. There’s no fluff in their budgets, and there shouldn’t be any in ours.

But, the Democratic budget fails to reflect the common sense values that Americans use every day. This budget spends too much, borrows too much and taxes too much.

John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan both knew that the worst thing you could do during a recession is raise taxes. But unfortunately, that’s exactly what President Obama’s budget does; to the tune of well over one-and-a-half trillion dollars, much of which will be placed squarely on the shoulders of our state’s number one job creators – small businesses.

The truth is that despite the claims to the contrary, this budget won’t create jobs in places like Westminster or Walhalla or New Ellenton. It’ll crush them.

In the long run, this budget will saddle future generations of Americans with mountains of unsustainable debt. Taxpayers deserve better. The next generation deserves better. And that’s what the Republicans are offering.

The House Republican proposed budget plan reduces spending, cuts taxes and gets control of the growing national debt. It creates $23,000 less debt per household and borrows $3.6 trillion less than the President’s budget. Our plan keeps federal spending to about 20% of the gross domestic product, while the President’s budget increases government spending to its highest percentage of GDP since World War II. And our plan does not raise taxes.

It is my sincere hope that this Congress will begin making the difficult decisions necessary to put our country on a course to economic recovery and long-term prosperity.

Editor's note: U.S. Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (R) represents the 3rd Congressional District.

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