Greetings to our constituents, fellow Floridians, and all Americans, let me begin by wishing all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. I pray everyone will travel safely and enjoy a special time with family and friends, enjoy the feast and that your favorite football team wins!
Speaking of winning and losing, I am sad to report that the American people have witnessed a collective group of losers in those elected to the United States House of Representatives. It was incredibly appalling for me to sit there and watch the Balanced Budget Amendment fail to get the two-thirds majority necessary on Friday. Now we are seeing the abject failure of the so-called “Super Committee” which was tasked to develop a plan for deficit reduction. Every day it looks like that is not going to happen.
The liberal mantra for describing the Republican Party was “The Party of No!” I must agree, they said “No” to a $2 trillion healthcare law, a $1 trillion stimulus package, Card Check, and Cap and Trade. However, in my short 11 months on Capitol Hill, I realize the modern-day Democrat Party, primarily controlled by liberal progressives, is “The Party of No Solutions.”
The United States of America just exceeded a record $15 trillion in debt. We now have a debt to GDP ratio of 101%, not that far from Greece (128%) and Italy (120%). Under the failed leadership of President Barack Obama, we have added $4.4 trillion of new debt in less than three years and have seen three straight years of record deficits; $1.42 trillion, $1.29 trillion, and $1.3 trillion. In 2011, we have seen anemic quarterly GDP growth of only 0.4%, 1.0%, and 2.5%. At this time in the third year of the first term of the Reagan Administration we were at 7-8% GDP growth.
This past week, we had a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) from President Obama stating they strongly opposed a Balanced Budget Amendment, even though it was the same Amendment that came within one vote of passing in the United States Senate in 1995. We listened to countless Democrats on Thursday and Friday during debate stating this was not the time and this would not help the fiscal morass in which we find ourselves.
Then I ask what is the solution? More government spending? Because that is all the liberals seem to understand. Their convoluted understanding of simple economic principles is just baffling. It makes one believe the liberal agenda is to have more people wedded to a subsistence or government check, so they will be beholden to government and cast their votes to continue more of the same.
Under the Obama Administration we have seen a 41% increase in food stamp recipients, a 16% increase in Americans on poverty, and 48.5% of Americans on some form of government aid. The liberals want and need victims. They need to have a majority of Americans wedded to government.
A Balanced Budget Amendment would have put a serious constraint on the liberal ability to come up with more failed bureaucratic nanny-state schemes. The Balanced Budget Amendment would have destroyed the potential ability of “statists” to expand the size and scope of the federal government. We cannot resolve the job situation in America unless we get the investment capital of America back on Main Street.
When combined with the failure of the “Super Committee,” the harebrained idea of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, we see the inability of the liberals to present any viable solution beyond Tax the Rich!
Paul Krugman stated, “Allow the Super Committee to fail and have sequestration kick-in.” Why? Because the liberal progressive mindset is all about punishing the Department of Defense and gutting it to levels which shall threaten the future security of our nation.
Following the lead of their Campaigner-in-Chief, all the Democrats are seeking to stall and be the ultimate obstructionists so they can blame the House Republicans. President Obama is taking a page from President Harry Truman’s playbook of running against a “do-nothing” Congress… and a complicit mainstream media is his primary enabler.
The truth is obvious; the Democrats are the “do-nothings,” unless destroying the fiscal status of America counts for something. The United States Senate, controlled by Democrat Leader Harry Reid, has failed to produce a budget in over 900 days. The same Senate has 22 job-creating pieces of legislation, passed by the House of Representatives, sitting on its desk, bills that will incentivize and revitalize economic and job growth.
The “Super Committee” will allow President Obama and his liberal acolytes to again say, the Republicans are intransigent. The truth is, as stated by Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) a week ago on Fox News Sunday, the Democrats had no plan. They rejected a plan from Republicans which showed you can stabilize or reduce tax rates combined with eliminating tax loopholes to generate revenues.
President Obama decides to stall on the Keystone XL project, with not a peep from the mainstream media. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called American a “nation of cowards.” The only cowards I see are those in the media who are complicit in not reporting the true story of what is going on in Washington D.C.
I would much rather be a member of a party that says “No” to President Obama’s desire to fundamentally transform our America. I am proud to say “No” to continued deficit spending and growth of our debt.
I am pleased to say to my constituents that I voted YES to a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. However, the South Florida media conglomerate should be asking my Democrat colleagues why they do not believe we should balance our federal budget? State Governments balance their budgets, businesses balance their budgets, families balance their budgets.
We just continue to build “Mount Debtmore” with the faces of President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid, House Minority Leader Pelosi, and House Minority Leader Whip Hoyer prominently displayed.
In closing, be not dismayed. We have much to be thankful for, as citizens of this great nation, and we will continue to fight for what is right.
Steadfast and Loyal,
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