I believe that the spending and debt crisis is the foremost threat to our nation at the present time. There is fault on all sides for a decade, if not for generations. Our proud nation has not been debt free since Andrew Jackson was President.
But the past is history and we must face the problem today. And, as it happens, this very week – really.
The government faces a partial shutdown on Friday April 8, 2011, unless a new continuing resolution is passed into law and signed by the President prior to that time. We are here because the Congress did not pass a budget for fiscal year 2011 – an outrage in my view since the House, Senate and White House were all under the control of a single party.
I have sent the following letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House, on the Speaker's web site, to voice my opinion:
"Speaker Boehner - you are an honorable man and I am proud to have you as the Speaker of the House.
However, you have been in the Congress for many years and may have difficulty in overcoming the institutional memory which pervades both the House and the Senate.
I urgently request that you hold the line and give no ground to pass the upcoming continuing resolution just to avoid a government shutdown. The problem is that the Congress did not pass a budget for fy 2011. We all know who controlled both the Congress and the White House at that time.
You have stated that we (Republicans) only control 1/2 of 1/3 of the Government. True. But that shred of control gives us a veto power over the spending limits of the government. All spending measures must originate in the House.
You have the power to stop the spending of money we do not have that has plagued the past decade (and before) under administrations of both parties. You stand at the intersection of our proud history as a nation and the path which could return us to third world status as a nation.
Please give your support to requiring the Senate to see what you and the House have seen - that strong leadership can reverse our course and restore our greatness. It starts with solid cuts in the budget CR which can carry us through the rest of 2011. It follows with a refusal to raise the debt limit in a few weeks. We do not have a danger of a default on debt if we cut enough spending in the current budget CR and pass a bill that requires debt obligations to be the top priority of the Treasury Department and the Executive Departments. Finally it requires passage of a tough budget for 2012 - as proposed by Chairman Ryan and his committee to be shown with more detail on Tuesday. ( I have not seen final details of the plan - which will have to be fleshed out in Ways and Means).
Thank you for all you do, Mr Speaker. I ask that you hold the line this next week. You are Horatio at the bridge and much depends upon your leadership. The deficit spending of the last decade must stop. We must prove that we are serious people that understand that the future of our nation and our children is in peril. It will be a bitter pill to swallow for all of us but spending must be brought back under control.
Thank you for your consideration"
Morris T (Ted ) Baker
Winter Haven, FL