DesJarlais Says Government Should Balance Its Budget

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor regarding the fiscal cliff:

It seems there are those who still fail to realize that we cannot continue down this road of fiscal insanity.

It isn’t politics – it is math. Our spending is simply unsustainable.

Yet, we have not seen a serious proposal from the White House to address our trillion dollar deficits.

The president thinks the answer is more taxes.

But while the taxes increases President Obama is calling for would hurt small businesses, they would have little effect in reducing our deficits.

That is because our debt is being driven by spending – pure and simple.

And therefore to solve our problem, we must implement serious spending cuts and reforms. 

The good news is that this isn’t hard to do.

We just have to look at the amount of revenue coming in and not spend more than that. 

Rather than spending more than we can afford, we must prioritize our spending.

 Hundreds of millions of Americans do this every single day!

 If my constituents in Tennessee can balance their budget, so can Washington. 

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