“The budget should be balanced. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered, and assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed, lest Rome become bankrupt” -Cicero, 106 BC
There are several contributing factors causing our state budget deficit. One of the biggest contributing factors is out of control spending. Our government is committed to so many projects that it can no longer afford to fund them. To cover these commitments, our government has borrowed over $160 billion. Much of this debt is owned by future generation. We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to be fiscally responsible. Nothing less.
One of the rallying cries of the Revolutionary War was “no taxation without representation”. Think about the morality of our debt situation in those terms. The government is putting our children into debt. The youth of today will have to pay for things that they had absolutely no say in. If this is not taxation without representation, I don’t know what it is. We have a moral responsibility and a parental responsibility to get a grasp on this debt.
Many politicians claim that they can balance the budget, reduce the deficit, and still provide you with all of the things they have promised. This is a lie. It cannot be done. Simple math proves them wrong. They claim that they can accomplish a balanced budget simply by trimming fat from the edges, or by extending the debt ceiling. Again, this is a lie. They are doing nothing more than pandering. The only way we’re going to prevent bankruptcy is to drastically reduce the size, scope, and role of government. In other words, we need to return to constitutional governance.
If elected, I promise constitutional governance. I vow to work towards the ideals that our founders envisioned.
This alone will put us on the track to fiscal responsibility. We have a moral responsibility to our children, to not vote them into debt. If this means we must eliminate large portions of our government, so be it. I am prepared to take the steps necessary to accomplish this, and extending the debt ceiling so we can increase spending is not part of my plan.