One of the reasons I’m running for office is because I’m tired of the partisan spin that constantly comes out of Washington. We need Congressmen who understand mathematical and economic realities so that they can see through the spin that lobbyists often promote for their own purposes. I believe we can do better.
With the beginning of another year, it’s always helpful to look back at where we’ve been.
We all learned in school that Congress makes the laws and then the executive branch implements those laws. However, over the years, Congress has increasingly abdicated its responsibility, allowing its transfer to the executive branch.
For example, the Clean Air Act does not define the standards for clean air; instead, it tasks the EPA to develop those standards through a rule-making process. As a result, the EPA unilaterally controls these standards with minimal oversight. EPA does not answer to the citizens in the same way that Congress does.
Part of the problem with large government programs is that they become rife with fraud. This week alone, we have seen two prime examples of this.
How often do we have to learn that our Congress is not living by the laws that apply to the rest of us? In the latest example, CBS’ “60 Minutes” recently reported that members of Congress are exempt from insider trading laws, and, as if that were not bad enough, there is clear evidence that several members of Congress have actively used their private market knowledge to selfishly make a personal profit.
I was fortunate to be at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday morning to hear Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) address the group. During his prepared remarks, he focused on the national debt and blamed the problem entirely on the Republicans for their excessive spending on wars and the Bush tax cuts. He also expressed his concern about the intensely partisan atmosphere that has developed within Congress and suggested that this gridlock was the cause for our credit rating being downgraded.
If as to demonstrate how misguided the Democrats are in their efforts to improve our economy, when Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) was asked whether regulations kill jobs, he responded by saying:
Listen to Ken on Breaking it Down with DT.
President Obama has finally admitted that the American people aren’t “better off than they were four years ago,” even though we increased the national debt by more than $40,000 per taxpayer. And yet his solution to the problem is to continue the same deficit spending policies – the very definition of insanity.