Posted on March 8, 2014 by: Ithaca Journal
It is no surprise to anyone to hear that America’s economy is struggling. In recent years, we have seen mounting debt, more regulations and abuse by government agencies. I went to Washington because we all are rapidly losing faith in government.
Do we want a government that lives within its means or spends more than it takes in? The United States is hemorrhaging money at every turn and unemployment is still too high, incomes are too low and economic growth is too slow.
I fight for less regulation, lower taxes and individual liberty, while my opponent favors “government is best” policies that raise taxes, burden small businesses and borrow our way into debt.
One of the most pressing and alarming challenges facing our nation is our growing debt. Today, the United States has accumulated more than $17 trillion in national debt, and each day our debt grows by around $2.38 billion — the interest alone will reach $880 billion in 2024.
As we continue saddling Americans with the responsibility of bailing out Washington, real people suffer. My opponent and I have differing views on solving this problem. My opponent believes that raising taxes as she has done in Tompkins County will get us out of debt. But that only strains working families. I believe we need to cut spending and make government live within its means, just like you and your family must. The borrow-and-spend culture of Washington must change.
There isn’t anywhere I go where people aren’t talking about the need to create more jobs. Today, the unemployment rate is too high and workforce participation is falling because people are discouraged.
Across the country, small businesses employ over half of all private-sector employees and have generated 64 percent of new jobs over the past 15 years. That’s why I support policies that help small business.
While the federal government cannot create private-sector jobs, we can ensure barriers to growth are removed. State and local taxes for hardworking families here in the Southern Tier need to be reduced. We have to stop what has been happening in places like Tompkins County, where property taxes have doubled in the last 10 years, and overall spending has increased more than 50 percent.
The president’s health care law has done nothing to address the root problem of health care: the cost. The law’s negative effects remain a huge concern as we continue to see jobs, wages and hours threatened. Health care reform and access to affordable care is certainly something that we must work towards as a nation, but Obamacare is not the solution we need.
You know your health care needs better than a government bureaucrat. Unfortunately, my opponent supports a single-payer system in which the federal government owns, operates and administers health care at every level. I believe that is the wrong approach.
Like many parents, I want real opportunities for my kids. That’s why I entered public service in the first place, and that’s why I will continue to fight to bring jobs and economic security to your family in upstate New York.
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