We must cut wasteful government spending and eliminate expensive new entitlement programs like ObamaCare to ensure our children and grandchildren are not burdened with massive amounts of government debt.
I will stand up and vote "No" when President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress propose new wasteful government spending programs.
I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will require the federal government to balance its budget every year. Currently, forty-five states, including West Virginia, require their legislatures to enact a balanced budget--Congress should be required to do the same.
A: Oppose. Government "stimulus" is illusory, except for the favored few on the receiving end. The taxpayers are cheated.
It all starts with our obligation to adopt a budget [which] is balanced, with no new taxes. This time last year, we predicted a deficit that totaled nearly $400 million. Staying true to the hallmark of our fiscal responsibility, my administration began the task of closing that shortfall. Unlike the federal government, we did not kick the can down the road by borrowing money or allowing deficits to mount. We told our agencies, almost a year ago, to do more with less. We challenged them to be smart, be efficient, and be prepared to cut their budgets. In tightening our belts, we realized that some of our programs and services should not face budget reductions.
Both men called for a balanced budget amendment that would require Congress to balance the nation's books every year and not run up debt.
Neither candidate provided details about how they propose balancing a multi-trillion-dollar budget, but Raese said he favors giving presidents line-item veto power--something that Byrd staunchly opposed. Manchin said the only time the amendment should be suspended was during war or a national emergency.
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