January 31, 2013: One of the primary reasons I ran for Congress was my commitment to cut our federal spending. We are standing at a tipping point in our history. We must reclaim the moral and fiscal discipline that created the American dream. What we do now will determine what kind of nation and what kind of future we pass on to our children and grandchildren.
When President Obama was elected, our country was about $10.5 trillion in debt. In just four years, that debt has been raised to more than $16 trillion, an amount that is growing every day. To put this in perspective, our nation is like a family making $12.80 an hour, or about $26,000 a year. Yet this family spends more than $36,000 every year. And they have more than $163,000 in credit card debt. Put this way, it is easy to see that our debt is unsustainable. And it’s only getting worse.