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Issue Position: Taxes and Spending

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Reducing the Size of Government

Too many politicians in Washington, DC believe that expanding government is the solution to every problem. The result we are faced with today is that the federal government has become large, intrusive and inefficient. This excessive growth is a direct threat to our liberty and to our values of individual responsibility and free enterprise. If elected to Congress, I will fight to protect our freedom and turn back the reach of government that is expanding deeper into our lives.
Cutting Wasteful Spending

Spending is out of control and Democrats in Washington, DC have no plan to rein it in. This year the U.S. House has not produced and passed a budget for the first time in history since the 1974 Budget Resolution Act was passed. This is a complete failure in fiscal leadership.

As a small business owner and an experienced rancher and farmer I understand the importance of a budget. As Assistant Majority Leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives, I helped balance the budget at the state level year after year. South Dakota needs a voice in Congress that will work to reduce wasteful spending and offer a plan for reducing our national debt. I promise to be that voice.
Reducing Taxes

To pay for the massive increase in government programs including the new health care bill, many in Washington, DC are looking for ways to increase our taxes. This is absolutely the wrong approach. If elected, I would support extending the tax relief passed in 2001 and 2003, therefore protecting hardworking South Dakota families from what would otherwise be the largest tax increase in American history. We must end the unfair death tax that is especially hard on family-owned farms, ranches and small businesses and reduce marginal tax rates that families and small businesses pay. Finally, reducing the tax rates on capital gains will give Americans more of their own money to save or invest back into our economy.


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