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Harold Ford on Budget & Economy

Former Democratic Representative (TN-9, 1997-2007)


Fight $2 trillion debt by balancing budget & ending pork

Q: How would you combat the national debt?

FORD: Everybody in our country--even children and newborns--owes the US government $28,000. In the last 6 years under my opponent’s party’s leadership, the debt has grown by almost $2 trillion. And the people who will pay it will be you and I and everyone else. I have a couple of simple answers. They’re going to call me a liberal, but if they wanted to control the debt, they could have by now.

  1. We ought to pass a balanced budget amendment.
  2. We ought to move to a two-year budget cycles.
  3. We ought to end all of this pork-barrel spending.
  4. We ought to say to 16 federal agencies, out of 23, that if they can’t audit themselves, then no more federal tax money.

CORKER: The only person who’s been in Washington over the last 10 years is Congressman Ford. He’s tried to add $280 billion to your tab. His actions in Washington have been far different than what he says.
Source: 2006 TN Senate debate, at University of Chattanooga Oct 10, 2006

Voted YES on restricting bankruptcy rules.

Vote to pass the bill that would require debtors who are able to pay back $10,000 or 25 percent of their debts over five years to file under Chapter 13, rather then seeking to discharge their debts under Chapter 7. Chapter 13, calls for a reorganization of debts under a repayment plan. A Debtor would be restricted, in this bill, to a total exemption of $125,000 in home equity for residences bought within 40 months of a bankruptcy filing. The bill also would establish permanent and retroactive Chapter 12 bankruptcy relief for farmers.
Reference: Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act; Bill S 1920 ; vote number 2004-10 on Jan 28, 2004

Retire half the public debt by 2006.

Ford signed the Blue Dog Coalition letter:

Source: Blue Dog Coalition letter to the Senate 01-BDC2 on May 9, 2001

Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace.

Ford adopted the CBC principles:

Source: Congressional Black Caucus press release 01-CBC10 on Jan 6, 2001

Other candidates on Budget & Economy: Harold Ford on other issues:
TN Gubernatorial:
Bill Haslam
TN Senatorial:
Bob Corker
Lamar Alexander

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