We do not have a Revenue problem, we have a SPENDING problem. It is not the Federal Government’s job to pick winners and losers, act as venture capital for private corporations, or spend for Unconstitutional reasons. We can not now nor will we ever be able to afford a cradle to grave nanny state.
I do NOT support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth — federal jobs cost more than they produce. I do NOT support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation, or any other subsidies or corporate welfare. I do NOT support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation — it doesn’t work in the long term. And, I do NOT support the ever increasing extension of unemployment benefits, which allows people to remove themselves from the workforce and become accustomed to riding the government dole.
TAX AND SPEND — Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!
The Federal government should be as small as possible to do the things that it is Constitutionally required to do. The problem with sending money to Washington to do anything is that it is NOT cost efficient. For every dollar that the Federal government takes in taxes, less than 50% is returned to the benefit of We the People. And, most of that return comes in the form of programs or “pork” spending, things which the Founders never intended the Federal government to be involved in in the first place!
The remaining dollars stay in Washington to sustain a bloated bureaucracy that exists to gain power and grow ever larger, with budgets that must be completely, even if unnecessarily, spent each year in order to ask for and justify even larger budgets next year.
Sadly, we now find ourselves in a position where we must “starve the beast” by making the deep but necessary cuts in order to save our economy and to regain our freedom and liberty. Taxes and “fees” need to remain at the most local level to allow for the greatest possible oversight and transparency. Federal taxes need to be simple to implement without confusing rules and discretionary oversight, consistent across the board for all taxpayers, and as low as possible.
Higher taxes = poor economy; lower taxes = robust economic growth — history tells us this is true each and every time it is tried.
Forcing the Federal government to live within its Constitutional limits, and within its means with a balanced budget, would do more than anything else proposed so far to correct our current economic situation.
What will I work to change?
Congress would make and pass a truly balanced budget each year, with no items “off budget” just to make it look right. For too many years things have been left off budget in order to continue deficit spending while giving the appearance of doing the right thing. I call that lying to the American people, and it needs to be stopped.
FROM THE NEWS HEADLINES: House Democrats ‘Deem’ Faux $1.1 Trillion Budget ‘as Passed’ 07/02/2010
by Connie Hair, HUMAN EVENTS Congressional correspondent:
Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that “deemed as passed” a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the “deeming” document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.
THAT’S JUST PLAIN NOT RIGHT!
I am in favor of abolishing the IRS, and replacing it with the Fair Tax or other consumption/sales tax. Personally, I think tying taxes to income was a very bad choice. It provides a disincentive for earning, saving, and investing — all things that create a robust economy.
I have looked at a variety of tax options that have been proposed as alternatives to our current IRS Income Tax System, and the Fair Tax appears to me to be the most effective and beneficial replacement for our current IRS Tax Code. As a consumption tax, also called a sales tax, it frees up earning, saving, and investing for everyone. Plus, it does not require the IRS, a Social Security number, and reams of regulations to make sure that the government gets its due taxes. The system to collect sales taxes is already in place and quite functional as it stands, so no new bureaucracy and no new expense is needed to put the Fair Tax in place. In fact, by abolishing the IRS and saving its budgetary outlay, we could actually reduce federal spending!
An added benefit is that the Fair Tax, by its very nature, can not be used as a political weapon by anyone — as the IRS sadly has on various occasions with the current tax code. The Fair Tax does not allow the government to pick winners and losers by creating or removing loopholes in the code. Plus, as a sales tax, the Fair Tax brings in income from those who exist in the “cash” economy, including criminals, because everyone buys things.
That is not to say that I am against the Flat Tax. In fact, an “everyone pays something” Flat Tax is my second choice for tax reform. It is still, however, an income tax, with all the associated disincentives, AND it also would do nothing to bring the cash economy into the revenue picture.
I am in favor of Term Limits.
If I am elected to serve, I would NOT be spending all my time thinking about re-election. In fact, I signed the U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge on 12 Sept 2011. In compliance with that Pledge, I will volunteer FOUR-SIX YEARS to serve in Congress, and then I will campaign and work to help replace myself with some other worthy Conservative individual. I love my home, my farm, my business, my church, my town, and my state. But I love America, too, and I know that if we lose the Freedom, Liberty, and Opportunity of this country that we so often take for granted, then I stand to lose all the other things that I love as well. I would go to Washington dedicated to restoring, preserving, and protecting American Values and our Constitutional Republic, and then getting back home where I belong.