Friday, February 17, 2012

McCarthy: President's budget represents largest tax increase and highest debt in American history, not the way to put country back on track

 Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield and House Majority Whip, gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill.

 "Almost three years ago, President Obama pledged to cut our nation’s deficit in half by the end of his first term. He has not followed through on that promise. Not only are we going into our fourth
consecutive year of $1 trillion deficits, the budget he released Monday includes the highest government spending, the largest tax increase and the highest debt in American history.

 "The families and businesses in Bakersfield know what increased taxes mean for them, but I want to take a moment to focus on the impact of what the President’s continued spending and borrowing mean. Under the President’s budget proposal, our $15 trillion debt would jump to $26 trillion by 2022. Just four years ago, our debt was $9.4 trillion. This is not the way to put America back on the path to prosperity. We just have to look to Greece to see the consequences of massive borrowing. Greece’s debt is over 150 percent of its GDP, and under this Administration, our debt has already increased to over 100 percent of GDP and will only keep climbing under his policies.

 "Federal debt is just like any other debt. If someone borrows $1000, that person has to pay it back with interest. On the federal level, we’re paying approximately $250 billion every year just in interest on
our debt. That’s more than six times what we spend on the Department of Homeland Security. Under the President’s proposal, our interest payments would skyrocket to $850 billion by 2022.  This unsustainable path potentially means higher interest rates that will drive up the costs of paying off the federal debt, as well as higher consumer and business interest rates that could drive up the costs of mortgages, cars or small business loans right here in our community. This is already beginning to happen in Italy.

 "We have to address the borrowing. Economists agree that failing to get a handle on our debt and deficit will harm private sector job creation. The President’s pledge in 2009 to cut the deficit in half
shows he understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, yet his Administration refuses to take any meaningful action to make necessary changes. And the continued debt crisis in Europe shows us first-hand the impacts of tax, spend and borrow policies. That’s why I’m disturbed by the President’s budget, which includes more of these same failed policies.

 "The President missed a major opportunity with his budget proposal. Instead of continuing the progress Republicans started last year to get our spending under control and make serious budget reforms, it
takes us further down the path of unsustainably and does nothing to ensure our kids and grandkids are left with a better tomorrow. We need= to move away from this tax and borrow mentality that has marked this
Administration, and that’s why my colleagues and I have made cutting spending a top priority and will be unveiling a responsible budget in the coming months.


WindScam said...

Kevin, we all need to live within our means.

This means no more corporate welfare for the "Fake" wind companies. Pull your support for the "Production Tax Credit" for these wind scam artist.That equals a big tax on American families, and Americn utility rate payers.

Kevin, don't be for more taxes to allow these wind con-artists to continue to rip us off. End all Wind Subsides and don't ever renew them. Let these Fake Wind Companies go into the dust bin of history.

WindScam said...

Kevin, please end your support for the "Fake Wind Production Tax Credit". This is just a tax on the American people. A tax is a tax and by any other name, it is still a tax.

No more "Fake Wind Turbine Subsidies". Kern County has had enough from this destructive corporate welfare.

Lets not destroy all for our children and grandchildren.

Kevin don't tax us anymore with the implementation of a Production Tax Credit for the wind carpetbaggers. Tell them to go back to the dustbin of history where they belong.

hedge said...

Obama's s a f'ing jerkoff.