Our own Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) attacked Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget, as passed by the House Budget Committee, as being a “fend-for-yourself budget that would give Darwinism a bad name.” The reality is that Gerry Connolly, along with most other politicians in Washington, gives politicians a bad name.
We have a moral obligation to live within our means and to repay the trillions of dollars that we have stolen from our future. Gerry Connolly refuses to offer any solution to this problem; instead, he spends his time dreaming up new insults to hurl at his political opponents. In the meantime, our national debt has increased by almost 50% in the 3 years and 3 months since Rep. Connolly took office. If we are to solve our problems, we must elect leaders that will seek to unite the country behind real solutions rather than constantly demonizing the other side.
We can have reasonable disagreements about where we spend our money, but we must live within our means. If Connolly believes that Ryan’s budget cuts spending too deeply in some areas, it is incumbent upon him to suggest how to pay for the additional spending he desires; but he refuses to do so. He, like so many others in our Congress, is more interested in hyperbole rather than honestly working towards responsible solutions.
I too have concerns about Ryan’s budget, but the bottom line is that the Ryan budget will reduce next year’s deficit by an extra $187 billion as compared to the President’s budget. That is a step in the right direction. In fact, my biggest concern is that the Ryan budget still fails to satisfy my number one priority of balancing the budget within a reasonable timeframe. Instead, it assumes that our children will balance the budget 28 years from now. How can our nation’s leaders live with themselves knowing what they are doing to our children?
This is why I am running for Congress. I firmly believe that it is immoral for us to pass this debt onto our children. I recognize that balancing the budget will not be easy; it will require difficult decisions and a willingness to work with others in Congress rather than demonizing them. It will also require true leadership – and leadership in cutting the debt must start with our leaders cutting their own benefits. That is why I am proposing a 50% cut in Congressional pay and I am personally pledging to donate half of my Congressional salary to charity until a pay cut is passed.
We can overcome this challenge just as we have overcome many other challenges in our nation’s history, but it will require finding leaders who will once again work to unify the country rather than demonizing our opponents. It will require leaders who are willing to be self-sacrificial in order to achieve our shared goals. It will require leaders who will be bold enough to propose real solutions without demanding to control every detail.