U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today issued the following statement regarding federal taxes, which are due today, April 15, 2010:
"After another year of record spending and rising deficits in Washington, tax day has arrived yet again, and millions of Americans are scrambling to send more of their hard earned paychecks to the IRS. Tax day is a grim reminder that every dollar of waste, every unnecessary expenditure, and every misspent penny comes out of the pocket of a working American.
"Taxpayers today are looking at their returns and wondering how much their family could benefit if only they could hold on to those dollars being siphoned away for bloated stimulus spending, massive new bailouts, and unsustainable health entitlements. And now they are being told that it's only going to get worse as the Democrat majority pursues an agenda of taxes on energy, taxes on investments, taxes on health benefits, and even the quiet expiration of a few tax relief measures enjoyed today.
"Policymakers in Washington need to recommit themselves to overturning the culture of waste, and stop looking to government spending and over-regulation as the solution to every challenge the nation faces. House Republicans have already taken in important step in that direction by swearing off earmarks for the coming year; our House and Senate counterparts should do the same.
"We need to lower taxes and ease the burden on private enterprise so that businesses can grow, economic recovery can take hold, and more Americans can find good paying jobs. Jobs must be our number one priority. More earners mean more revenues, and creating jobs is a far better way to fund our government than raising taxes."