As an Assistant Insurance Commissioner, I observed an immense amount of wasteful spending both in the hiring of unneeded staff as well as in expenditures. For example, at the end of the year, we would be encouraged to make requests for new furniture to make sure we spent all of our budget. This is not the way to spend our tax dollars!
We must investigate the entire state government and address any misuse or wasteful spending our tax dollars. The only way to deal with this systematic corruption and waste is to demand a forensic audit of these agencies, trusts, and authorities. Only then can we truly know if every dollar is spent wisely.
Inhofe: Strongly Agree
A recent national study concluded that nearly half--49.1%--of Oklahoma households are in a persistent state of financial insecurity. One in four Oklahoman children go to bed hungry every night.
A strong economy that benefits all Oklahomans depends on our ability to create jobs and attract new business to our great state. As a leader, I believe it is a moral imperative that we take fiscally responsible steps to ensure the opportunity for all Oklahomans to earn a living wage for a hard day's work. Government should work for all Oklahomans, not the special interests.
Shannon the Baptist Sunday School teacher quotes Sacred Scripture about the evils of debt--including allusions to debt as a form of slavery. Lankford the ordained Southern Baptist preacher fluently cites framers of free-market economic theories. T.W. Shannon has been a consistent foe of the Affordable Care Act; James Lankford was elected in part based on his predictions that ObamaCare would destroy the health-care system and that its mandates boost long-term debt.
In Congress, Lankford fights presidential overreach from the Legislature. Shannon assails federal interference with legislative state prerogatives and authority--and empowered an ally to form a "State's Rights" Committee to press against federal encroachment.
We need to stop wasting our money on bad investments. Matt agrees that we must permanently ban earmarks. We will never get our fiscal house in order if we follow the advice of career politicians like Jim Inhofe who defend pork barrel politics such as earmarks, which allows every member of Congress to waste our money on their own personal pet projects. Too many politicians, Republicans and Democrats, think big spending is okay as long as it's "their spending" and that has to change.
We'll never get our fiscal house in order with pork barrel politics and Matt will bring a breath of fresh air by attacking the waste, fraud, and abuse that comes from BOTH political parties in Washington DC.
Weiland, who has called the shutdown a sellout to an extremist Republican minority that is representative of neither the American public, nor even the Republican Party, said Rounds should be ashamed of his support for the most irresponsible political position taken by a major party in the last 50 years. "This is pandering to extremism in its crudest form. Mike Rounds believes in his heart the shutdown blackmail game of the extreme right is wrong. We need to re-open the government and pass the Farm Bill." Weiland added. "It is a disgrace that Republicans are playing politics with Head Start programs and the Social Security benefits that our seniors depend on. It's more than wrong, it is shameful," Weiland continued.
We must also ensure that our emergency fund is adequate to meet our future needs. This year, I ask for your support in raising the cap on Rainy Day Fund deposits from 10 percent to 15 percent of general revenue collections. We owe that to the people of this state.
In this demanding economic environment, we must make difficult decisions. But, just as the Chinese character for "crisis" also denotes "opportunity," so, too, do the challenges we face present an opportunity to improve government.
Today, I have placed before you a balanced budget that makes precise, surgical cuts while protecting vital state functions such as education, healthcare, transportation and public safety. Through efficiencies and savings that range from purchasing reforms to consolidated information technologies, we can help ensure a government of greater effectiveness and excellence.
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