'Cut, Cap, and Balance' Just What Americans Want

Friday, 22 Jul 2011 08:12 AM

By Bill Spetrino

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Do you believe your senators in Washington, D.C. should reflect their constituents’ views?

This week the news media has been dominated with news about how the House Republicans, led by many tea party members, were proposing an irresponsible bill that had no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President Obama.

It was called “Cut, Cap, and Balance” and has been characterized by many as the most irresponsible legislation ever proposed.

Well, I went to look it up and did not share those feelings. However, don't take my word see for yourself


1. 
Cut — We must make discretionary and mandatory spending reductions that would cut the deficit in half next year.

2. 
Cap — We need statutory, enforceable caps to align federal spending with average revenues at 18 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached.

3. 
Balance
— We must send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) with strong protections against federal tax increases and a Spending Limitation Amendment (SLA) that aligns spending with average revenues as described above.

Both parties and many media pundits agree we spend too much money.

We take in $2 trillion which is higher than the Gross Domestic Product of almost every country in the world today. But we spend $3.6 trillion.

China has roughly four times the number of people we have and spends considerably less than we do.

This Cut, Cap, and Balance bill that has been derided by many as irresponsible is very popular with the American people, but don't expect the mainstream media to report that.

But I will.

In the recent CNN poll, American's were asked a generic question: "Congress would raise the debt ceiling only if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?

 

July 18-20 2011

Favor 66%
Oppose 33%
No opinion 1%

 

And another question: Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment to require a balanced federal budget?

 

July 18-20 2011

Favor 74%
Oppose 24%
No opinion 1%

 

Now this article is not about if this legislation is right or wrong. That is for each individual to decide. Our informal poll questions are the following: 1) should the senators representing your state in Congress in Washington, D.C. reflect their constituents’ views or the view which best suits each individual senator?

 

The Senate is ready to vote on this bill today. Feel free to call or email your senator one way or another to make sure your voice gets heard.


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