Our country is at a crossroads and faces a stark choice between two futures. Washington can act now to address our ballooning national debt, or it can remain idle and continue to watch a crisis driven by out-of-control government spending threaten our nation's economic vitality, and with it, our ability to combat an unemployment rate that still hovers near ten percent. Our ability and willingness to confront this crisis will have broad ramifications for our nation's ability to compete in a global economy, as well as our ability to honor core promises, like continuing the availability of Medicare and Social Security and providing for the common defense.
Both parties are to blame for the current fiscal situation. Nearly one in ten Americans are looking for work and reckless government spending has done nothing to create jobs. Some in Washington attempt to solve every problem with more government control, higher spending, and increased taxes, which has resulted in $15 trillion of debt.
For four straight years, President Obama has proposed a budget with trillion-dollar deficits. According to the figures within the President's own budget, taxes would increase $1.9 trillion over the next ten years and spending would increase $1.5 trillion as a result of his plan. President Obama's budget doubles the national debt and puts us on a trajectory toward a staggering debt-to-economy ratio that approaches that of Greece and Italy. Not surprisingly, this plan didn't receive a single vote of support when it was considered by the House last week. The President's plan was defeated 414-0.
The pattern of tax, spend, and borrow will continue until we have the courage to choose another path. The vast majority of our federal spending is consumed by Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs. These programs require fundamental reforms to ensure that they remain available for future generations. For example, the average person pays over $60,000 into Medicare during their working years, yet receives over $170,000 in benefits from the program. Without reforms, these programs will continue to grow on autopilot until they are bankrupt.
Inaction is not a sustainable fiscal path. Each year we stand idle federal spending gets worse and our national debt deepens. We must address this looming crisis before it's too late.
The House Republican budget puts forward a blueprint for turning our fiscal situation around. It stops harmful cuts to defense programs, promotes energy independence, makes critical reforms to protect the long-term viability of Medicare without changing benefits for those 55 and older, and makes essential changes to the tax code to promote job growth.
As Congress looks forward, these fiscal challenges remind us that being good stewards of taxpayer dollars requires difficult decisions to be made; decisions that won't be without sacrifice. We can either continue down the path of growing debt, or we can put our country back on the path to prosperity.
To learn more about this plan, click here (http://budget.house.gov/prosperity/fy2013.htm).
Guthrie gives address in honor of thirtieth anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial on National Mall
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) spoke at the thirtieth anniversary of the Vietnam War Memorial on the National Mall today, March 26, 2012. Congressman Guthrie, a West Point Graduate and former artillery officer with the 101st Airborne Division, remarked on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund's ongoing effort to memorialize the service members who gave their lives in defense of freedom in all wars.
At the invitation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Congressman Guthrie presented a picture of Matt Henson, a fallen Marine from LaRue County, Kentucky, who was lost in Afghanistan. In memory of Matt and in support of all veterans, Congressman Guthrie made the following statement:
"When I was a kid and I came to the National Mall for the first time, it was really all about our larger-than-life heroes who are remembered here: Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. The Vietnam Wall transformed the Mall and now this area is focused on other heroes; all of those who sacrificed, all of those who served, and all who attended this event. Now when people come to Washington, it's not just about the people who were larger than life, like President Lincoln, but also the people like Matt Hanson who lived large lives but had them cut short because they wanted us to have freedom, opportunity, and hope."
Congressman Guthrie was joined by Congressman Allen West (FL-22), General Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Brigadier General George Price (Ret), the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Jan Scruggs, Founder and President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
Visiting Washington, D.C.
One of the many services Congressman Guthrie can provide is to help organize various tours around Washington, D.C. His office can help with tours of the U.S. Capitol Building, the White House, or the Pentagon. Please keep in mind that the earlier you are able to let us know about your visit, the more likely we are to have success in setting up tours. Tour availability at the White House and the Pentagon is extremely limited. If we can help with your visit to Washington, please contact the Tour Coordinator in my office as soon as possible by calling (202) 225-3501 or filling out a form on our web site.
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In today's world of automated answering machines and confusing procedures, the federal government can often seem like a frustrating maze. One of Congressman Guthrie's most important duties is to cut through the red tape and ensure that the federal government is working for you. He has put together a team of expert constituent services representatives to assist you with problems related to federal government agencies.
Please contact the Bowling Green office at (270) 842-9896 anytime between 8:00 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. (Central Time) so we can start helping you today.