That was the reaction by Ohio Valley Tea Party Chairman Tanner Salyers when asked what he personally thought of President Obama’s latest budget proposal to congress.
“This country is in an unprecedented fiscal crisis, with growing government, a shrinking labor force, stagnant job growth, and the buying power of the dollar weakening seemingly daily. We are spending more than we bring in, we are showing economic weakness and still, this president keeps using the same old tired ideas and foolish logic of thinking that we can spend our way out of debt.”
Salyers went on to note specifics in the budget that he finds particularly alarming.
“You’re looking at a 744 billion dollar deficit in this budget alone. This coming from the man who said when he was elected in 2008 that running such high deficits was ‘unpatriotic’ and that his goal was to at least cut the trillion-dollar deficits in half.”
Chairman Salyers pointed out that while the deficit has reduced from past years, he made it clear that he felt it was not enough.
“Are we running a trillion plus deficit like the past several years? No. Is that because of good fiscal decisions? Not even.”
He continued, “You’re still looking at a 744 billion dollar deficit and adding that to an already exploding national debt of nearly 17 trillion, paired with 580 billion in new taxes on the American people. And where were the cuts we were promised? Where did we show this faux fiscal restraint? By cutting medicare, and terrifying and turning away cancer patients, cutting the military and benefits for our men and women in uniform, and cutting White House tours for school children, while we have lavish parties with Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake going on, all on the federal dime. A total of 200 billion in cuts, does not even make a dent.”
Salyers concluded by saying that Americans must get involved in the political process and “champion first principles.”
“Americans must right the ship. We cannot continue on this downward spiral of debt and government growth. We have to demand fiscal responsibility and champion first principles, we have to fight for free markets and balanced budgets. We need an economy where the individual can pick himself up by the bootstraps and make something of himself, and create jobs and prosperity for our nation. This isn’t a Democrat thing, or a Republican thing, this is an American thing, and we Americans must stand up and say enough is enough.”