Cut Government Waste, Reduce the Debt - Barbara Sears

As a mother, I have always taught my sons the necessity of living within their means and avoiding accumulating debt. Especially with the onset of the economic recession, I have stressed the importance of trimming down excess expenditures during an unstable economy. But as the government continues to grow its power and become increasingly embedded in our everyday lives, it also continues to inefficiently consume our tax dollars. As Ohio’s families struggle to make ends meet, the last thing we need is for government growth and spending to spiral out of control.

Many of our leaders in Columbus and Washington do not follow the same common sense principles that the families and businesses in our communities follow. For too long, the government has enjoyed the luxury of extracting money from the taxpayers after spending too much and accumulating debt. During this difficult economy, boosting spending instead of cutting waste will damage the budget and force future generations to pay off our mistakes.

The U.S. Capitol has witnessed skyrocketing spending proposals and trillion-dollar bills being pushed through at an unprecedented pace. These bills include the $12 trillion bailout packages, the $1 trillion health care overhaul, and a devastating tax on energy companies that will lead to inflated energy costs. In fact, the 10,000 pork projects that are consuming our tax dollars, like turtle eco-passages and new skate parks, will increase federal spending by nearly $20 billion this year alone.

As you struggle through this recession, your hard-earned money should be used to provide for your family and put food on the table—not to finance Washington’s unchecked spending. Why should you be forced to pay for wasteful spending while you yourself are making every effort to save?

I firmly believe that the top priority of all local, state and federal leaders should be helping families through this difficult time by allowing them to keep more of their own money. The government needs to sacrifice just as you are every day, which means eliminating wasteful projects that will ultimately increase the burden on taxpayers.

If your family is like mine, you have probably worked your entire life to provide your kids with a better life than you had. But if the government continues to spend money at this rate, our children and our grandchildren will no longer be working and saving for their own futures; they will instead be working to pay off the government’s multi-trillion dollar debt.

We can’t recklessly spend without consequences, and we can’t solve a growing debt problem by accumulating even more debt. With foreclosure filings in Lucas County 94 percent higher than a year ago, and with more than 13 percent of our neighbors unemployed, we certainly do not need a government that will tax families out of their homes. It is high time that honest leaders in government, both Republican and Democrat, step forward to lead the people toward economic prosperity, not economic servitude.

I always welcome the thoughts and concerns of my constituents. Please feel free to contact my office at (614) 466-1731 or write to me at Representative Barbara Sears, 77 S. High Street, 10th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. You may also email me at District46 at

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