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Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. SOUTHERLAND. I thank the chairman for yielding.

We have a lot of folks in the gallery today that have worked hard and saved money that they've earned to make their trip and to come here and listen to this debate. They understand that Santa Claus and a fairy tale is not going to pay for their transportation back. They get that. And they know that when they get back home, they're going to have to earn and work and find earned success if they want to bring their family back again. They get it. They get it. The American people get it.

At no point in time have the American people had to do more with less and the Federal Government has done less with more.

We hear a lot about fairness. True fairness does not come from wealth distribution. True fairness means rewarding merit, creating opportunity, and letting people rise. That has been a bedrock of the American system, the free enterprise system; and it is that free enterprise system that has given opportunity and rewarded people. And America has been benevolent with the gifts of being rewarded by hard work and honest dealings.

The Democratic budget does not support that; yet the Ryan budget or the Path to Prosperity, the Republican budget, does.


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