We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream. Instead, this budget continues Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions by spending more money than the government takes in and placing additional financial burdens on everyday Americans.
In the short run, this budget also cancels earlier spending reductions, instead of making some tough decisions about how to tackle our long-term fiscal challenges caused by runaway Washington spending. I voted against sequestration because of its effect on key programs, including the defense budget, but higher spending and more revenue are not the appropriate ways to address that problem.
The American people should not be asked to choose between a strong military and responsible budgets that encourage job creation and reduce debt. They deserve better than this.
I am unconvinced that we need the gargantuan military we now have (whether it is really “strong” or not is a debatable point since the widespread financial corruption and misappropriation severely weakens it). And I was not impressed when Rubio voted against the sequester. But I really appreciate his stance right now.
In the meantime, we are told there is a “new Paul Ryan.”
As he unveiled this agreement Tuesday night in the Senate’s television studio, he made sure to mention that this is the first “divided government budget agreement since 1986.”
“As a conservative, I deal with the situation as it exists,” Ryan said. “I deal with the way things are, not necessarily the way things I want them to be. I’ve passed three budgets in a row that reflect my priorities and my principles and everything I wanted to accomplish. We’re in divided government. I realize I’m not going to get that. So I’m not going to go a mile in the direction I wanted to go to, but I will take a few steps in the right direction. This agreement takes us in the right direction, from my perspective, for the very reasons I laid out before.”
“The situation as it exists.” “The way things are, not necessarily the way things I want them to be.” This sounds like Ron Johnson’s claim that we must transition to improve Obamacare because it is now law and beyond repeal.
The bottom line is that we need the sequester to stay in place. Ryan’s budget is a step backward.