Weekly Republican Address: Cutting Spending And Fixing Our Tax Code To Boost Economy

January 5, 2013 6:00 am

by Nathan · 12 comments

In the first Weekly Republican Address since the new Congress has convened, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) discusses cutting spending and fixing our tax code as a way to bolster our lackluster economy.  The full transcript is available below the fold, or you can listen to it or watch it.

“Hello, I am Congressman Dave Camp from the Fourth District of Michigan and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

“Let me be candid. I understand the frustration so many Americans have with Washington right now.  And you’re right – this government we have spends too much and wastes too much.  It’s time for us to stand up and say ‘enough is enough’ to those who would tax and spend even more.

“That’s why the Republicans in Congress took critical action this week to protect hardworking taxpayers from massive tax hikes.  Americans are paying more for gas, more for groceries and more for health care.  The last thing they need is to pay more for Washington.  That’s why we made sure the temporary tax cuts passed a decade ago were made permanent.  And, let me repeat that: permanent. Now we can look forward.

“Speaker Boehner has said that ‘the American people re-elected a Republican majority … and we will use it in 2013 to hold the president accountable for the ‘balanced’ approach he promised.’  That means cutting wasteful spending, strengthening programs like Medicare and Social Security so that they’re there when Americans need them, and creating a tax code that creates a healthy economy.

“Let’s face it: the IRS tax code is still a nightmare.  It is too complex, too costly and too unfair.  There is something fundamentally wrong when roughly 60 percent of hardworking taxpayers have to hire a professional just to do their taxes.  You shouldn’t need an army of lawyers and accountants to understand our tax code.  We need a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that’s designed for taxpayers.

“That’s why we have to start to work on real solutions to return accountability to our tax code by eliminating special interest loopholes.  I believe in a simple principle.  When it comes to the tax code, everyone should play by the same rules.  Your tax rate should be determined by what’s fair, not who you know in Washington.

“The simple truth is that we are in this fiscal mess because Washington takes too much of your money and then wastes it.  That’s the real problem – and it needs a real solution.  We have to make sure Washington is accountable for every tax dollar it spends.  We have to make sure that your money is spent efficiently and effectively.

“Unfortunately, the spending problem is getting worse, not better.  Under President Obama we’ve had four straight years of trillion dollar deficits.  Our national debt is now over $16 trillion.  We’re crushing today’s small businesses and the next generation of Americans under a mountain of debt.  We’re selling their future, and our country’s financial independence, to China.

“Many of our Democrat colleagues just don’t seem to get it.  Throughout the fiscal cliff discussions, the President and the Democrats who control Washington repeatedly refused to take any meaningful steps to make Washington live within its means.  That position is irresponsible and fails to acknowledge what every family in America already knows – when you have no more money in your account and your credit cards are maxed out, then the spending must stop.

“Well, that is the current financial reality facing America.  As we turn our attention toward future discussions on the debt limit and the budget, we must identify responsible ways to tackle Washington’s wasteful spending.

“So, as the House returns for the 113th Congress in 2013 our resolution is clear: we’re committed to making our economy stronger and healthier, and getting our spending under control by making Washington fully accountable to you, the hardworking taxpayers of America.

“We’re going to fight wasteful Washington spending and deliver the accountability you demand.  And we call on the president and Congressional Democrats to join us in that fight.

“Thank you for listening.  God bless you and God bless the United States of America.”

IndyInjun January 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

If they really wanted to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, they would quit devaluing the $US dollar that must pay for them.

GOPicrats preaching to Demoblicans…. more vacuous words……

Scott65 January 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Devaluing the dollar…really? Lets just make it so the dollar is way high! That way we wont be able to sell anything outside our borders and lose all the tax money that comes with it, because we will have made it so much more attractive to off shore more not less…great idea

IndyInjun January 6, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Thanks, folks like you are the reason I hit an investment grand slam from 2003 forward betting on y’all.

Trouble is the 70 million other “Boomers”, do not seem to have planned on such inevitability of devaluation and will starve to death because of that.

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

Just words, the idea is to get our guys to the front of the line and the compromises for each worthy cause with the other guys’ worthy cause one end up with more spending.

Just finished reading an article on Electronic Arts, CA developer of video games like Madden NFL, NCAA Football & Tiger Woods PGA Tour.
Fl state Rep. Steve Precourt (R) Orlando, got a revision to a film/movie/video tax law passed that was provided by EA’s lobbyist.
EA got $9.1 million in tax credits in 2012 & will get $14.5 million in 2013. Guess he had to do it to keep Texas or Califorina at bay.

The fiscal cliff law had billions in pork.

saltycracker January 5, 2013 at 10:37 am

modify: ……..compromises ……with the other guys worthy cause one ends up with more spending or a greater deficiency.

Harry January 6, 2013 at 10:09 am

Congress Avoids the Cliff by Selling Us Down the River
http://www.europac.net/commentaries/congress_avoids_cliff_selling_us_down_river

IndyInjun January 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

Schiffless government……

He ran for Senate and lost.

When it comes down to it, the People don’t want the truth or anyone who preaches true fiscal responsibility. This is why we have 47% entitled to a social program check and the other 53% entitled to various government retirements, contracts, employment, contract-dependent employment, PBGC insurance, FDIC insurance, and on and on and on………..

Scott65 January 6, 2013 at 3:58 pm

They are all selling us down the river…may I suggest you check out MMT (modern monetary theory)…Google it, you might learn something…and realize these goons in DC are selling us all out

Harry January 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm

“One thing I will not compromise over is whether or not Congress should pay the tab for a bill they’ve already racked up,” Obama said.
What a pair of brass balls on this son of a b****.

freeduck January 7, 2013 at 9:53 am

We have three branches of government. Congress is responsible for the budget, not the president.

Harry January 7, 2013 at 11:42 am

Neither party in Congress would even seriously consider Obama’s submitted budgets for the past three years. They would have greatly multiplied an already troubling deficit. And yet Obama tries to pass the buck to Congress for the debt crisis! Obama has no ability to show leadership, or be a contributing factor in reaching a solution. He’s more worthless than tits on a boar. All he can do is run his mouth and make idiotic comments.

mpierce January 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 – The President is required to submit an annual budget.

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