Members of Congress are Addicted to Spending

Members of Congress are Addicted to Spending

Imagine what you could do with $21 trillion. It’s hard to imagine that kind of money.

You could buy Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Exxon Mobil, Alphabet (the parent company of Google and YouTube) and every NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB franchise at their current market value– and that would only set you back $4 trillion. You would still have $17 trillion leftover.

It’s hard to find ways to spend that kind of money, but our federal government has found a way. Our representatives in Washington have been spending money like it’s going out of style.

In fact, federal spending has increased 135% since the year 2000, according to the Congressional Budget Office.  

Our national debt, the amount our government has borrowed over the years, is $21 trillion. What happened?  

Just ask our Congressman. He and the rest of Congress claim to be fiscal conservatives, yet have blindly approved budget after budget without fully understanding its contents.

The most recent budget, passed in March, was more than 2,000 pages in length. Members of Congress were expected to read, analyze, and get constituent feedback in 36 hours before voting.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) attempted to sludge through reading the text– and even live-tweeted the ordeal, but gave up after the first few hundred pages.

Despite hardly anyone reading the bill, a vote was ordered. West Tennessee’s current Congressman voted in favor of the spending bill. The spending totals more than $1 trillion for the fiscal year 2018.

This is how Congress treats our hard earned money. This country has an obscene amount of debt, yet those who voted to pass this spending bill decided some things, we just cannot live without. Their idea of necessary is what most of us here in West Tennessee would call superfluous and unnecessary. Congress wants to appease themselves and their special interest group donors, without thinking of any consequences.

The United States has 10 times as much debt on the books as China and about 20 times as much debt as Canada. We cannot afford to keep spending and borrowing at this reckless rate.

You and I don’t spend money that we don’t have. We take care of our families and live within our means. Congress should be doing the same thing, yet they choose to continue the careless spending.

They’ve become so careless and assimilated to what the establishment wants, that they are funding things that do not align with our West Tennessee values. In the most recent spending bill, they voted to fund Planned Parenthood with half a billion dollars.

We need someone in Congress that can stand up to the Washington establishment and protect our Christian, conservative values. We need a Representative who will protect the lives of our unborn and not roll over because someone in Washington told them how to vote on a bill.

As your next Congressman, I will not compromise our values. My top priority is West Tennessee. Special interest groups, PACs, and lobbyists have no strings on me.

Before voting on any legislation, I will first ask myself how this bill will impact West Tennesseans. I will not disappear or avoid my constituents. I will be in Washington to represent you. No special interest group or establishment politician will tell me how to vote.

There’s a clear choice in this election for U.S. Congress, District 8 in West Tennessee. On one hand, you have someone who voted to increase our federal deficit by an estimated $300 billion or you have me– someone who will protect our values and work to end the reckless and out-of-control spending.

I hope I can earn your vote and your support in this upcoming election.