Secure America’s Future Economy (s-a-f-e.org)
July 13, 2009
MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
By way of introduction, SAFE is an all-volunteer, nonpartisan, grassroots organization, based in Delaware, which has been advocating smaller, more focused, less costly government since 1996. We believe that most economic and social problems can be effectively addressed by the private sector, and that government intervention should be the exception rather than the rule.
In May 2008, we wrote a hypothetical letter to Congress from “Fed-up Taxpayers.” The gist was that Congress should aggressively slash government spending, hold the line on taxes, and restructure entitlements (e.g., Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid), in order to head off a fiscal meltdown that could have catastrophic effects for this country. See the entry on our Website blog page: “A line in the sand on taxes,” 5/26/08.
Dire as the fiscal situation was a year ago, it is worse now. As the result of an economic recession, bailouts, and an unprecedented Congressional spending spree, the deficit for fiscal year 2009 is now estimated at $1.8 trillion. Deficits are projected to continue throughout the 10-year budget period. And initiatives in healthcare and the energy sector are being pushed, which would boost government spending and jeopardize the budding economic recovery. Happytalk blossoms in the nation’s capital, 7/6/09.
What should Congress do? Here are our suggestions:
· Get your priorities straight. Job one is not to gratify segments of the electorate; it is to get the government’s fiscal affairs under control. First things first: time to clean up the fiscal mess, 11/24/08.
· Slow down the action. Major new programs should be seriously reviewed, with the consideration of all responsible points of view (including ours), not rushed through as fast as the legislation can be written.
· Forget about raising taxes to pay for new spending programs, e.g., the healthcare bill. There is just so much people are willing to pay in taxes, and whatever tax increases may wind up being imposed will be needed to balance the budget. Instead, try eliminating wasteful government spending and government regulations that serve no useful purpose; there are many opportunities.
Can we count on you?