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    Key Vote NO on Speaker Boehner's Debt Ceiling Plan

    07/26/2011

    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Representative and ask him or her to vote NO on Speaker Boehner’s new debt ceiling plan. While we applaud House leadership for passing the Cut, Cap and Balance Act last week, we do not support Speaker Boehner’s new compromise, which violates the Cut, Cap and Balance Pledge because it neither cuts nor caps nor balances federal spending.

    The new Boehner plan does not cut spending sufficiently enough to reduce the deficit next year and thereafter. The Speaker’s proposal would only cut $6 billion next year and $1.2 trillion in discretionary spending over the next 10 years—which is less than this year’s budget deficit alone. Even if all of these spending cuts come to fruition (they usually do not), it would still increase our national debt to $23.7 trillion by the end of the decade. The plan would only slightly reduce our nation’s projected debt-to-GDP ratio from 104 to 92 percent. It is clear that Boehner’s plan does not cut enough to save our nation from a creditworthiness downgrade.

    Furthermore, the plan does not cap federal spending and thus does not put us on a path to a balanced budget. Instead, it caps only discretionary spending which is already capped by definition and accounts for only 39 percent of the budget. Boehner’s plan will increase the debt ceiling by $1 trillion immediately without first passing a strong Balanced Budget Amendment out of Congress. It will increase the chances of a tax hike by giving significant legislative power to a 12-member “Super Committee” charged with producing $1.8 trillion in 10-year deficit reduction. The committee would have 6 Democrats and 6 Republicans, but would likely be 4 liberals, 4 moderates, and 4 conservatives, rendering irrelevant the conservative coalition of new Members of Congress that has empowered Speaker Boehner at the negotiating table.

    Boehner’s plan is unnecessary since the House has already passed the Cut, Cap and Balance Act, which reflects the spirit of the Pledge. Even though Senate Democrats voted to table the Act instead of debate it, it remains parliamentary alive in—and could be passed by—the Senate. We must not allow Senate Democrats to obstruct the Cut, Cap and Balance Act. Moody’s Investors Services has said the AAA rating of US government bonds is in jeopardy unless Congress passes “a budget that includes long-term deficit reduction.” The only introduced plan that could protect our national AAA credit rating is Cut, Cap and Balance.

    I urge you to call your representatives and ask them to vote NO on Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling plan. We will count their vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2011. The Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    FreedomWorks
    [Click here for a PDF version of this letter.]

    6 comments
    GiliaR
    07/28/2011

    Sorry folks - we need to SUPPORT this plan! I know it's not perfect, but the House needs to pass it so the onus is put right back in Harry Reid's lap. He will table it....so that makes three plans he will turn down. The Dems are quickly becoming the "Party of No" in this debate and they need to be painted as being as unreasonable as they truly are!!! Forget CCB....it's already been tabled by Reid. Move forward and support Boehner's plan. We need to win in the court of public opinion and if Boehner's bill doesn't pass the House, the Dems will have the upper hand. "Don't let perfect be the enemy of good."

    GiliaR
    07/28/2011

    P.S. Here's a clue: what do you think the Dems are telling their constituents to say when they call their congress people? To vote "no" on Boehner's plan. What does that tell you??????

    tana.gilbert
    07/28/2011

    DEAR, Congress and the Senators,
    How in the world are you going to help out us out. When you can't even come close to a budget for the USA.BUT YOU KEEP SENDING OUR TROOPS. OVERSEAS AND YOU EXCEPT THEM TO TO HELP OUT COUNTRIES, WHEN Y'ALL CAN'T EVEN HELP US YOU. YOU WANT CUT MILITARY, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, VETERANS PAYS A...GAIN.DO YOU WANT IT WHERE WE CAN'T LIVE NO MORE. YOUR EVEN CLOSING MILITARY HOSPITAL AND CLOSING EVERY FEDERAL THING YOU CAN SHUT UNTIL THEY AGREE.AND THAT NOT FAIR TO THE USA PEOPLE THAT DEPEND ON THAT STUFF. SOME PEOPLE ARE ONE FIXED INCOME, BUT DO YOU CARE NOPE.NOT AS LONG AS YOU GET WANT YOU WANT.COME UP WITH REASONABLE BUDGET FOR THE USA .....

    tana.gilbert
    07/28/2011

    VOTE NO WE NEED THIS STUFF..HERE IS ANOTHER PRIME COMMENT FOR YOU YOU -DEAR CONGRESS, Last year I mismanaged my funds and this year my family and I cannot decide on a budget. Until we have come to a unified decision that fits all our needs and interests, we will have to shut down our checkbook and will no longer be able to pay our taxes, I'm sure you will understand. Thank you very much for setting an example we can all follow. SO VOTE NO !!!!!!

    Vince Sardo
    07/26/2011

    One would hope members of Congress would act responsibly and in the best interest of their country, even if their actions are not politically popular with their anti-government-anti-tax supporters.
    Although every Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives have sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, many on the Republican side and on the Democratic side seem to have conveniently forgotten or skipped Section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which stipulates that “the validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…shall not be questioned.” When Congressional Republicans and Democrats balk at paying for what they have already authorized to spend, it paints a very clear picture of the type of irresponsibility, ignorance, and unprofessionalism that plague America’s political system today.
    I am not an Obama fan, and I feel he has been the most horrible president we have had. President Obama is not trying to lead America forward to recovery, prosperity and strength. It is quite the opposite; in fact he is forcing the Democratic Party, which controlls the presidency and senate of the United States Congress, to take federal action to help the poor. Full enrollment of those eligible for welfare “will produce bureaucratic disruption in welfare agencies and fiscal disruption in local and state governments that will deepen existing divisions among elements in the big-city Democratic coalition. If President Obama is allowed to continue in office he will certainly bring America to it’s knees, and I believe that this is his main objective while he is in office.

    God Bless America.

    betsy parsley
    07/26/2011

    I called Rep Gosar, told them NO on the new plan, what we want is the cut, cap and balance, which gosar voted yes on.

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