“We need a balanced approach.” How many times have you heard that poll-tested line from Obama? Unfortunately, the President’s rhetoric doesn’t match his actions. Only four weeks after raising taxes on the majority of Americans, the President wants to raise taxes again. Predictably, his definition of balance means more taxes right now in exchange for soaring rhetoric about cutting spending that is backed only by accounting gimmicks and broken promises.
No issue is a greater threat to our economic prosperity than government overspending – a lopsided imbalance that has led to over $146,000 in debt per American taxpayer. In the coming weeks Americans have three crucial opportunities to make our voices heard and put the brakes on big-government expansion.
The first opportunity will come with the “sequestration" spending cuts you’ve heard about in the news.
Here’s what that means: the President and Congress promised spending cuts as part of the last debt limit deal in 2011. They're still $85 million short of the cuts promised for 2013, and the deadline for making them is March 1st. Despite Congress having voted to approve these spending reductions that were signed into law by President Obama, both the President and some members of Congress are now attempting to block even these responsible reductions. Sequestration is opportunity number one and a true test of Congress’s willingness to keep its promise to the American people. This should be easy. Congress is tasked with cutting a mere two cents out of every dollar, but you wouldn’t know it from the cries of pain drifting down from Capitol Hill. We must make sure that at least these small cuts are made on time and in full.
Our second opportunity comes on March 27, when the Continuing Resolution which funds the federal budget for the current year is set to run out. It's been almost four years since Senate Democrats even passed a budget. The Continuing Resolution is a stop-gap measure to fund government without making any strategic decisions about funding priorities. It represents an abdication to govern and a clear sign of Congress’s irresponsibility. We must use the Continuing Resolution to highlight the gravity of the spending problem and push for significant spending cuts.