There is no shortcut. Washington can’t tax its way out of this fiscal mess. The Federal government must live within its means. I reject the premise that a little less spending requires serious pain and suffering. That just doesn’t make sense when the government spends an excess trillion dollars it doesn’t have each year, borrowing the difference and running up a huge tab our children and grandchildren will have to pay. This debt is the real threat to our way of life.
I am willing to work with the President to make more intelligent spending cuts so we can begin reducing the deficit and paying-down the debt. I am not willing to ask my constituents to give Washington more of their hard-earned money so it can be squandered while the government spends without restraint.
It is time to make decisions. It is time to set priorities. It is time to control spending, sensibly. Then we will find out whether we really need all of the government the President thinks we can’t do without.
Luke Messer is the Congressman for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, a 19 county region of east-central and southeastern Indiana comprised of manufacturing and agricultural communities.