Dear House Republicans,
President Obama recently proposed a new budget that never balances — not in ten years, not in twenty, not ever. But at least he proposed one, in contrast to Senate Democrats. Nonetheless, and especially in light of the unprecedented accumulation of debt by this administration, it reflects a stunning abdication of fiscal responsibility. In short, it is completely unserious.
Now you have the opportunity to produce a serious budget of your own, but it must sharply contrast with the Obama budget. It will be difficult for President Obama’s opponent to set up such a stark contrast if they have to defend a budget that is not serious.
We therefore write to suggest a compelling point of contrast: present a budget that balances in ten years or less and does not raise taxes on the American people. As members of the conservative movement, we believe that no budget that fails to meet these two standards can reasonably call itself conservative. At kitchen tables across America, families are making tough choices as they balance their own budgets. The very least Washington can do is to do the same.
You will have our strong support, along with the enthusiastic support of our millions of members, and the respect of American people at large, for doing the right thing. Please don’t settle for anything that doesn’t meet these two criteria.
Together, we look forward to working with you to restore fiscal sanity in our great country and avoiding the plight of countries like Greece that failed to rein in their deficit spending.
Colin Hanna & Alex Cortes
Let Freedom Ring
Chairman, Weyrich Lunch
President, 60 Plus Association
L. Brent Bozell III
Executive Director, ForAmerica
President, American Grassroots Coalition
Jenny Beth Martin
Co-Founder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
President, American Values
President, Citizens United
Executive Director, Faith and Freedom Coalition
Chairman, Council for National Policy Action, Inc.
Dr. Jim Garlow
Chairman, Renewing American Leadership Action
Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Christian Coalition
Vice President, The Heartland Institute
President, Institute for Liberty
Chairman, The National Center for Public Policy Research
Founder and Chairman, Liberty Counsel
President, Liberty Counsel Action
Legal Director, Liberty Center for Law and Policy
President, Less Government
Chairman, Maryland Center-Right Coalition