Today is Cost of Government Day in Connecticut. That's the date on which the average Nutmegger "has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burdens imposed by government at the federal, state, and local levels."
Over eight and a half months to pay the full costs of government? That's far too long, and we need to do something about it.
Government provides vital services. It plows snow, protects our neighborhoods, fights fires, oversees our civil and criminal courts, and provides national defense. There are many fine public servants at the local, state, and federal levels.
But when government grows big and intrusive, its burden becomes too heavy for working families and small businesses to bear.
Take last year's "stimulus" package. We were told that government spending would keep the unemployment rate below 8 percent. It didn't.
A recent study by Senators Tom Coburn and John McCain found that the stimulus gave:
* $554,000 to a closed visitor center in Washington State to replace windows
* $750,000 to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for a "computerized choreography program" to "define an evolving system that assists in the design and production of interactive dance performances with real-time audience interaction"
* $2 million to the California Academy of Sciences to send researchers to islands in the Indian Ocean to "capture, photograph, and analyze thousands of exotic ants"
I'm running for the Senate because the American Dream is in jeopardy. Special-interest legislation, bailouts, job-killing regulations, higher income taxes, the return of the death tax, and a national energy tax will push Connecticut's Cost of Government Day further into the year.
The answer to bigger government is fiscal restraint. It costs us over $1 billion a day just to service our growing debt, and the best tool to fix our $13.5 trillion national debt is a balanced-budget amendment. Your family balances its budget. Washington should be made to do the same.
Connecticut's Cost of Government Day is the latest in the nation -- 29 days later than the national average. That's unacceptable, when families are struggling to pay their bills and entrepreneurs are working overtime to grow their businesses and create jobs.
Career politicians had their chance to stop runaway spending. They failed. It's time for something different.