Families across the country budget their expenses for the month and year. Why can’t Congress do the same?
Washington Does Not Like Me Very Much
Although the government shutdown has ended, the fight for stability in Washington still carries on. The passage of the Senate Amendment to raise the debt ceiling sent a message to the American people: The status quo is acceptable. I voted against the Senate amendment because it does not address our country’s reckless spending.
One of the primary reasons our Constitution and form of government have survived for more than 200 years has been our nation’s ardent belief that politicians and bureaucrats must be held accountable for their actions. As Abraham Lincoln remarked in his Gettysburg Address, Americans must ensure that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
This nation’s debt has reached $16.4 trillion. The passage of ‘No Budget, No Pay’ is a plea from House Republicans to Senate Democrats and the White House to get to work and pass a budget that puts us on a path toward living within our means.
One of the things I’ve found in my very short time in Washington is that most of the people in that town have no confidence in the American people’s ability to prosper on their own. Most in Washington seem to think that without the “helpful hand” of government, average Americans cannot stand on their own two feet, feed their families, grow their businesses, or save responsibly for their futures.
My strong opposition to IPAB and unwillingness to follow the status quo is just another reason that Washington doesn’t like me very much.
As I have said all along, I will not raise taxes. This simple impasse is one more reason why Washington doesn’t like me very much and in turn, why Washington is more broken than I ever imagined.
The hot topic in Washington of late has been taxes: yours, mine, and Warren Buffett’s. The federal government runs on revenue, much of that derived from taxes: income taxes, inheritance taxes, capital gains taxes, the list goes on and on
It has now been one year since I was sent to Washington to fix a broken process and get our economy moving again. But one year later, I am still as frustrated as ever with the way Washington manages to get in the way of our economy.
With eight months under my belt representing the people of Eastern Ohio, I can tell you that my opinion of the bureaucracy and red tape in Washington hasn’t changed much. In fact, I don’t think Washington, D.C. likes me much either.
This week, I was honored and humbled to begin representing the people of Ohio’s 18th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As soon as I took the oath of office from Ohio’s own Speaker John Boehner, I immediately voted for congressional reforms and budget-cutting measures that will change the way Congress works.