When I decided to make this run for Congress, I thought, what issues are most important to voters? Is it the economy, healthcare, the federal deficit, tax reform, national defense, or the environment? There are many other issues I didn’t mention although all of them impact our life in some fashion.
As a voter in 2012, I made the federal deficit my top issue of concern because the deficit catastrophe has an enormous impact on much of our other issues as well. Here we are once again and the federal government has reached its “debt ceiling,” and once again Congress has authorized a temporary 3 month increase in government borrowing. The federal government is borrowing roughly one billion dollars every day to pay its bills. Naturally their solution is to generate more revenue by raising our taxes. When are our politicians going to get serious about making spending cuts? By raising taxes it forces people further into financial hardships which negatively affects our economy.
My opponent, Congressman Scott Rigell has said, “I really believe that the American people want the truth … real solutions, even if they require sacrifices for them personally.” You’re right Congressman, Americans do want the truth but we don’t want to sacrifice our hard-earned money for a deficit we had no hand in creating. Taxation is theft when it forces you to pay for what you haven’t agreed to buy.
Rigell abandoned a no-tax-increase pledge that he signed in 2010, saying he’s come to realize that any solution to the debt problem has to include new revenue along with spending cuts. By abandoning the tax pledge, Rigell claims he’s not intending to raise taxes but simply generate revenue through closing unspecified loopholes in the Tax Code. I don’t claim to be a tax expert but if you close certain loopholes allowing for certain deductions, isn’t that the same as raising someone’s taxes. Lets face it, whether you pay more taxes during the year or get less back at the end, it’s just another creative way the Government found to steal your money in order to finance the over-sized federal government.
Our founding fathers lived in an era where they understood the implications of becoming debt slaves by their own government. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.
When the Government actually proves they are serious about cutting spending, then and only then can they ask Americans to make sacrifices. If the Government isn’t willing to make sacrifices, how on earth can they honestly ask the American people to do the same thing? They continue to use the “rob Peter to pay Paul” mentality which only projects our great nation further into economic catastrophe.
Feel free to comment on this blog to tell me what issue/issues are most important to you.