Paul Broun signs “Reject the Debt” pledge

August 9, 2013 17:56 pm

by Jason · 16 comments

Rep. Paul Broun, who is one of several candidates running for the GOP’s nomination for U.S. Senate, recently signed the Coalition to Reduce Spending‘s “Reject the Debt” pledge.

“The pledge represents exactly what I have been doing since I came to Congress in 2007 — working to reduce spending, eliminate debt, and balance the budget,” said Broun. “Therefore, I am most pleased to add my signature to that of Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.”

By signing the “Reject the Debt” pledge, a candidate is promising voters that they will vote for budgets that present a path to balance. They also express a commitment to vote against any appropriations bill that increases spending without offsetting cuts.

“Many special interests stand in opposition to reducing federal spending. That’s why it’s so common for election-time promises to be as temporary as the races that produce them,” said Jonathan Bydlak, President of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. “For an elected official to put his commitment to his constituents on paper requires resolve that goes above and beyond the average representative.”

“We’re thrilled Rep. Broun has done just that and and citizens in Georgia should be thrilled as well,” he added.

During a recent interview with United Liberty (my blog), Bydlak explained that too many in the conservative movement focus on taxes, noting that spending is ultimately the problem in Washington.

“[Politicians] run and say ‘I’m a fiscal conservative’ or ‘I’m a limited government guy’…well, what does that mean? And so the philosophy behind our pledge is to basically say that we’re going to define what it means when you say you’re a fiscal conservative,” he explained. “And so we define is as a couple of different points. The first is that they’re consider all spending on the table open to reduction, and that’s for the reasons we talked about before. The second is that they’ll only support budgets that have a path to balance.”

Doug Collins and Martha Zoller, both candidates in GA-09, signed the pledge in 2012. Collins went onto win the Republican primary for the seat and the subsequent general election.

peachpundit (@peachpundit) August 9, 2013 at 5:56 pm

New post: Paul Broun signs “Reject the Debt” pledge #gapol

Pat Kelly August 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

This pledge looks like it may have been drafted in crayon. Check out the full text when y’all get a chance.

George Chidi August 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I see your point.

Here it is, bold is mine.

I, ____________________, pledge to the citizens of my state and to the American people that, except when related to a congressional authorization of force, I will:
ONE, consider all spending open for reduction and vote only for budgets that present a path to balance; and
TWO, vote against any appropriations bill that increases total spending and against the authorization or funding of new programs without offsetting cuts in other programs.
Signed: ____________________

This means, in practice, that the debt can increase as long as it’s all related to war spending … which is how we acquired almost all of the debt increases of the last 11 years. Joy.

Dave Bearse August 10, 2013 at 3:19 am

“The first is that they’re consider all spending on the table open to reduction…

The GOP: all spending is open to reduction, except when it isn’t.

@jaseliberty August 9, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Paul Broun signs “Reject the Debt” pledge (via @peachpundit)

Ghost of William F Buckley August 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

No truer words, “The People are always in front of the politicians.”

Cut spending,
Reduce debt,

How about working longer hours and getting to solutions…let’s talk about how the candidates are going to do that…

Jon Lester August 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

“Authorization of force” could be more specific. The Afghanistan adventure is obviously not about “democracy” anymore, so there’s no reason to have a whole network of strategically useless installations all over central Asia, when security for the region should be the job of the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

Further, is there any smart reason why we should provide 100% of the security in the Persian Gulf when we’re only getting a small fraction of the oil? Let the Chinese do it; they have the strength and the resolve to keep traffic flowing.

Harry August 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

Too bad Obama wasn’t pressed to discuss in his “press conference”.

Pat Kelly August 10, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Jon, what’s up with your “about wiki”?

I mean, dude…

Jon Lester August 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

It’s unfinished. Plenty more to go in there. It’s good of you to take time to look.

Pat Kelly August 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm


Scott65 August 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

“[Politicians] run and say ‘I’m a fiscal conservative’ or ‘I’m a limited government guy’…well, what does that mean?”
It means that we will just screw the poor people since they dont have lobbyists and they aren’t “job creators”…

Scott65 August 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm

OMG!!!! AN EDIT BUTTON!!! I am so happy

analogkid August 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

And if they’d just bring back the “new” tags for comments, all would be right with the world.

James August 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Paul Broun rejects the debt because debt, like evolution, is a lie from the pit of hell — unless (as George points out above) the debt is incurred because of war spending. He’s cool with that.

MattMD August 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Clown politics, pure and simple.

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