Who Do You Want in Congress?

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I am fiscally conservative, but that doesn’t mean I promote one political party.

Both parties — the Democrats and the Republicans — have acted irresponsibly over the years. I am in favor of any person, group, or political party that will promote (and vote for) for responsible fiscal management.

There are some great people who serve in Congress. Just because the majority are making irresponsible decisions doesn’t mean that every member is in favor of borrowing and spending more.

We should support, applaud, and re-elect members of Congress who consistently demonstrate fiscal responsibility. And we should exercise our rights as citizens to vote out of office members of Congress who promote and vote for fiscally irresponsible legislation.

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Both Political Parties Are Responsible

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Despite what you may have heard in the news, there is no political slant to the soaring federal debt:

Since the end of World War II, the budget shortfall has grown under six Republican and six Democratic presidents; it has grown when the Democrats have controlled Congress and when the Republicans have controlled Congress; and even the twelve years of budget surplus (1947–1949, 1951, 1956–1957, 1960, 1969, 1998–2001) are almost equally split between the parties’ control of the White House and Congress. (source) Bottom line, there’s no point in pointing fingers. We’re in this mess together and we need to work together to prepare the coming economic storm.

Our current economic problems are not the result of one piece of legislation, one president, or one session of Congress. Our current economic woes are the cumulative result of a long series of fiscal policy decisions over many, many years. Let’s take a brief survey of American history since the Franklin Roosevelt Administration as it relates to fiscal policy:

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