Balancing the Budget

By: Mark Hyman

House Republicans have a plan to balance the federal budget in 10 years.  The House Democrats’ plan will do so in 30 years.  Senate Democrats have no plan.  In fact, the Senate hasn’t even passed a budget in four years [until now].  And President Barack Obama has stated balanced budgets are not important.

It’s almost silly to argue over balancing the budget.  It’s doubtful we’ll ever see a balanced budget until there are dramatic changes in Washington.

In my lifetime, I cannot recall one candidate for the U.S. House, Senate or Presidency argue in favor of budget deficits.  Instead, everyone campaigns on balancing the budget.  All 535 members of Congress claim they’re in favor of balanced budgets.  Yet, in the last 50 years, Washington has balanced the federal budget only five times.

How can this be?  If everyone claims to support balanced budgets then how is it we have budget deficits year after year?  It’s not complicated.  Congress passes spending bills we cannot afford.  And the President signs them into law.

If we managed our finances the same way they do in Washington we’d be bankrupt.  And our businesses would go bust.  Yet, America votes for politicians who do what we wouldn’t do.

On our website are examples of the few in Congress who actually vote against overspending in Washington.

House members who recently voted against excessive spending in the “Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013″ (H.R. 933) which funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013 were:

Justin Amash (R-MI-3)
Jim Bridenstine (R-OK-1)
Paul Brown (R-GA-10)
Ron DeSantis (F-FL-6)
Scott DeJarlais (R-TN-4)
John Duncan (R-TN-2)
Phil Gingrey (R-GA-11)
Louie Gohmert (R-TX-1)
Jack Kingston (R-GA-1)
Thomas Massie (R-KY-4)
Tom McClintock (R-CA-4)
Bill Posey (R-FL-8)
Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5)
Steve Stockman (R-TX-36)

Members of the U.S. House and Senate who voted against raising the national debt ceiling on August 1, 2011 are listed here: House and Senate.03/26/13 Balancing the Budget

About The Author Mark Hyman:
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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