Any elected leader at any level of government should be first and foremost, a good steward of taxpayer dollars. The stories are endless throughout the national media on government waste and duplicated services. The hardest working department in the federal government is the Government Accountability Office (GAO) pointing out the countless inefficiencies of programs like Medicare and welfare that our taxpayer dollars are funding. What self-respecting government organization of any kind can explain 20 separate programs to help the homeless and 80 programs for economic development? A recent report from the GAO's office identified several such redundant and potentially ineffective federal programs that some lawmakers estimate costs between $100 and $200 billion in duplicative spending. That is unacceptable. Meanwhile, our current leaders are passing minor funding bills with inconsequential compromises to avoid a government shutdown. It's time for real change and for someone to teach congress that they cannot spend more than they take in. As a long-time finance director of a local government agency, I have delivered on time balanced budgets of more than $46 million. Before that, as the warden for a private prison, I was responsible for 10 million dollar budgets, balanced and on time, and maintained a profit for my employer. I have the ability and experience to change the mentality of how to deal with finances in Congress.