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.
When asked how we can overcome this partisan environment, his advice was, “we need to vote for new people.” Amazingly, after spending his entire speech blaming Republicans, he failed to see the irony in his statement.
I agree that we need to replace partisan, career politicians with new people – new people who will seek to unite us as a country rather than divide us along political lines. To do this, we must restore integrity into our political system. We must find leaders who are willing to look beyond the stale partisan talking points and search for fundamental truth. What is the truth?
- We have known for decades that deficits would spiral out of control once the Baby Boomers started to retire, but neither party has acted to solve this problem.
- Actual tax revenues fell below the 2000 projections partially due to the Bush tax cuts, partially due to the aftermath of 9/11, and partially due to overly optimistic projections.
- Actual expenses exceeded projections throughout the 2000’s, due partially to the wars and new Medicare benefits approved by the Republicans, but also due to higher-than-expected entitlement spending.
- The financial collapse was the result of an over-valued housing market that was created by a host of government policies adopted over decades.
- We are now “borrowing” 41 cents of every dollar we spend; this is more accurately called “generational theft,” as long-term budget forecasts predict that we will never repay this money.
- Budget forecasts indicate that, if we don’t implement serious and drastic changes, our debt will collapse our economy in the near future, as is currently happening in Greece.
The truth is we have a moral obligation to eliminate our debt so that we do not unfairly burden our children. The truth is our form of government requires compromise. The truth is both parties have been aware of the looming budgetary crisis for decades, but rather than solving the problem, they have allowed larger and larger deficits in order to protect their political power.
The time has come for a new generation of leaders – leaders who will challenge the establishment in order to do the right thing. But we cannot rely upon the establishment to elect these leaders.
If you want to change the leadership in Washington, you need to get involved. The establishment has gotten us into this problem. It is time for you to volunteer your time and your money to make difference. What are you waiting for?
Will you please support my campaign with a generous donation of $10, $25, $50, $100, or $250 today?