Mike Needham

Early this month, 103 House Republicans sent a letter to House leadership asking for them to stand firm and either support cut, cap and balance or come up with a similarly bold solution that rises to our nation’s challenge by preventing a Greece-like crisis that seems more and more plausible.

Given week after week of depressing news about our own economy – stubbornly high unemployment, faltering consumer confidence and dreadful job creation numbers – a commonsense, simple yet bold, and clear solution is what this country needs right now.

In this battle for our nation’s future, conservatives have an obligation to hold firm in their demand for serious changes. Cut, cap and balance is one such proposal. And there may be others – enactment of the policies and reductions contained in Paul Ryan’s budget or in The Heritage Foundation’s Saving the American Dream.

The bottom line is this: our children and grandchildren cannot afford to pay the tab for the spending that is going on in Washington right now. The cut, cap and balance approach is the only one on the table right now. President Obama and Congressional Democrats have not offered a plan to save our country. Instead, they continue to demagogue conservative attempts to restore American exceptionalism.

Ignoring our nation’s problems is no longer sustainable. Recent riots and looming default in Greece – which has an economy roughly the size of Maryland – should make that clear. The question for lawmakers and Americans is simple: do you want your children to grow up in modern-day Greece?


Mike Needham

Mike Needham is the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Action for America, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to advancing legislation that promotes freedom, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.