5 of the best quotes against the national debt

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The total U.S. national debt to date is a whopping $18,807,234,015,463.93, roughly $58,000 per citizen(!), according to Ed Hall who used information from the Treasury Department to calculate the number.

While the push to repeal Obamacare in the Senate reconciliation bill moves to the House and then to President Obama’s desk, it’s the perfect time to remember why conservatives need to continue to push for an end to out-of-control spending in Washington: because — in the words of U.S. Senator Mike Lee — letting future generations foot the bill is “taxation without representation.”

Here are leaders past and present who remind us why we need to push back on out-of-control spending! 

1. Mike Lee

“I would vote against raising the national debt ceiling. Again, this is about the mortgaging the future of unborn generations of Americans. It’s a form of taxation without representation. I don’t think we can do that,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

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The Beehive State senator sounds a lot like this Founding Father …

2. Thomas Jefferson

“The of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale,” said Thomas Jefferson.

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3. Dave Brat

“Not only is our out-of-control debt fiscally irresponsible, it’s unethical to put that debt on the backs of the next generation. It’s time to get serious …” says Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.).

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4. James Lankford

“Our nation stands at the crossroads of liberty. Crushing national debt, insane business regulations and staggering unemployment are pushing the nation into uncharted territory,” says Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.).

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5. Ronald Reagan

“We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much,” said Ronald Reagan.

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Underwriting failed health-insurance legislation and corporate welfare is not going to erase our financial woes, as these leaders well know. Click here to help us push Congress to adopt commonsense spending practices!