Coming back home every weekend, it never ceases to amaze me how hard the people of Kansas work. That's why I have been and will continue to be a taxpayer advocate for Kansas families and small businesses. Our state and the whole nation have seen hard economic times as of late. People have lost their homes, businesses, and livelihoods and piling on another burden of higher taxes is the wrong direction.
I have heard Kansans say time and again, "enough is enough". Washington keeps asking you, the people, to give more of your paycheck as you struggle to pay the bills and provide for your families. I have stuck to my promise to oppose any tax increases, especially in such a harsh economic climate. If we want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper once again, we have to stop taking so much away and give decisions back to the people. Instead of politicians in Washington pretending to know what's best, let the people decide for themselves.
I ran for Congress because of the reckless fiscal policies coming out of Washington. Kansas common sense tells me you cannot spend more than you take in. My background as a certified public accountant, state legislator, and state treasurer, has given me a unique perspective to take to Washington. Families and small businesses have to balance their books and the government should be no different. I've always said there are two sides to the ledger: the spending side and the taxing side. Kansans are taxed enough already, so the federal government needs to address the spending side.
I am convinced now more than ever that our federal government's greatest problem is its addiction to spending. Too many politicians who have been in Washington for too long have forgotten that taxpayers are what keeps our government going. Instead of being responsible and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse or reigning in spending, many politicians think they have been given a blank check to do as they please. I couldn't disagree more.
That's why I have stayed committed to conservative fiscal policies that put America's security and future generations first and foremost. We cannot continue to give hostile foreign nations greater influence or simply pass the burden on to our kids and grandkids. If we want to put our nation back on the path to prosperity, we need people in Washington who believe in and will practice fiscal restraint. I pledge to continue doing just that by opposing wasteful earmarks and pushing for reforms in the earmarking process.