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Issue Position: Balancing the Budget

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As Congressman, Kerry Bentivolio will be a passionate leader in the fight to balance the budget--and save future generations from a crisis they had no part in making.

For the first time in our history, our children and grandchildren may be worse off than we are.

And it is largely because they will be forced to pay back our immense national debt.

Our debt crisis is probably the most pressing issue that our nation faces.

Our debt is so large that our whole country could work for an entire year and contribute every penny to pay it down--and we still wouldn't get rid of it.

The national debt is approaching $16 trillion dollars as of this writing. That's over $50,000 for every man, woman, and child, $140,000 for every taxpayer.

The situation is getting worse, not better.

Our country's debt was not something that happened overnight. It stems from decades of failed leadership from both sides of the aisle.

The Republican Party is the party of less government. We cannot have too many champions in this regard.

We can no longer afford to play "kick the can."

Sooner or later, the bills will come due. The longer we postpone the inevitable, the worse it will be.

We need to reform the way we spend money in order to avoid a crisis similar to that which Europe is currently experiencing.

We can do this in such a way that we honor our commitment to our seniors: by cutting waste elsewhere first; by reforming in a gradual manner; by protecting Medicare and Medicaid fund from being looted by other government programs.

But we cannot do nothing; we cannot avoid difficult choices for political gain.

The debt crisis facing the United States is one of the most preventable calamities that our nation has ever faced.

To force the career politicians to finally act, I strongly support a Balanced Budget Amendment and will co-sponsor such an amendment.

We need courageous action, and we've gotten too little.

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