Tim Phillips

Sadly, the GSA confab in Vegas is just one of many abuses of taxpayer money, and not even a particularly large one. No doubt you remember Solyndra, that poster child for big-government boondoggles. Solyndra was given $535 million dollars to build solar panels no one wanted. When the money ran out, Solyndra promptly went bankrupt. Now former Solyndra employees are out of a job, and taxpayers are left on the hook for the bill.

These two examples highlight the disregard in the way that the government uses your tax dollars. They certainly don’t burst into tears at the thought of not being able to save $28. And that is the very problem. Politicians in Washington have forgotten that each dollar was earned. Unless they are held accountable by We the People, there is no incentive to be good stewards of your tax dollars. If something goes over budget, they pull out a seemingly unlimited credit card called the national debt. Then as the national debt climbs, they turn around and demand more taxes from the mother trying to save $28 to fund and endless list of wasteful pet projects.

The problem is very simple, government wastes our money, and it’s not efficient and usually not effective. Those who waited in line to buy gas for $1.84 understood something foundational – that they can spend their own dollars more wisely and efficiently than the federal government.

This understanding is the core of economic freedom that President Obama rails against. The solution to the spending problem is very simple: our government must spend less and do less. The citizens in America should decide what programs they want to pay for and what things should be cut. This simple solution seems so difficult for our leaders to understand. They want government to do everything, for everyone, all the time – but never stop to consider how we pay for it. They seem to forget that that everything costs money - your money.

Restoring our country and growing the economy requires moving it in the direction of economic freedom. That means building down the size of government, reducing the national debt and a holding elected officials accountable for how they spend our tax dollars – even if it’s only $28.