"Super Committee" Should Cut Spending, Not Raise Taxes

As a member of the Conservative Action Project, ACRU CEO Susan Carleson and leaders of 37 other organizations representing a broad cross section of the conservative movement have a united message on the "Super Committee."

MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT: "Super Committee" should focus on Reducing Spending & Stimulating Economic Growth--not increasing taxes.

RE: The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("Super Committee") that must vote on a plan with the goal of $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23. We believe the "Super Committee" should reduce federal spending on the way to a balanced budget, while preserving the ability to protect America and stimulating economic growth--without raising taxes.

ISSUE-in-BRIEF: The "Cut, Cap and Balance" Act passed by the House of Representatives in July remains the only way to genuinely solve the problem of out-of-control spending. Now that Congress has established a "Super Committee" there are two ways to reduce the federal government's excessive spending habit: the right way of cutting spending and the wrong way of raising taxes. Job-killing tax hikes in our weak economy with an unemployment rate above 9% will undermine economic growth and America's ability to compete in the global market place. Consider what has happened in just the past few weeks:

  • The historic downgrading of America's credit rating by Standard & Poor's was met by a "Blame the American People first" response from the White House.
  • China has taken to lecturing the United States about the need to get its debt under control.
  • The President has yet to offer a plan to address the situation, but his re-election fundraising events continue on almost a daily basis.

STIMULATING ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL CREATE JOBS

Job creators, entrepreneurs and risk takers can re-start our economy if government policies stimulate economic growth instead of undermining confidence and stability. We believe the "Super Committee" should:

  1. Adopt fundamental tax reform dramatically lowering tax rates on individuals and companies.
  2. Recommend a review and rollback of the job killing regulations promulgated in the past several years and a one year moratorium on new regulations that inhibit investment and burden manufacturers.
  3. Pursue common sense reforms of Social Security and consumer driven health care policies in order to control costs and assure senior citizens that entitlement programs won't go bankrupt.

CITIZENS MUST BECOME INVOLVED TO ADVOCATE SPENDING REDUCTIONS AND OPPOSE TAX INCREASES

There are many organizations dedicated to reducing the size of government--The Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute, The National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Limited Government to name a few--and many others--that have recommended hundreds of billions of dollars of federal government expenditures that could be cut or eliminated on the way to a balanced budget. A Tea Party Debt Commission has been established to solicit citizen input: http://www.teapartydebtcommission.com/splash.aspx

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING AND THE "SUPER" COMMITTEE VISIT THESE WEBSITES::

http://www.cutcapandbalanceact.com

http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/balanced-budget-plan

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/how-to-cut-343-billion-from-the-federal-budgetl

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904140604576496512439008854.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

http://www.cagw.org/newsroom/releases/2011/the-pig-book-is-alive-and.html

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/08/gop-denial-about-dangers-super-committee#ixzz1U3qvkfPQ

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20074797-503544.html

http://americansforprosperity.com/080211-taking-stock-debt-ceiling-debate

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/08/tea-party-debt-commission-freedomworks-/1

http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/02/5-transparency-ideas-for-the-new-joint-committee-on-deficit-reduction/

http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/04/ron-paul-debt-limit-agreement-super-committee-unconstitutional/

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13513

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2011/08/08/debt-supercommittee-must-be-transparent

http://www.redstate.com/tex_whitley/2011/08/04/senator-jim-demint-talks-about-the-debt-ceiling-deal-and-his-new-book/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903341404576483791295988516.html?mod=opinion_newsreel

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/28/conservative-groups-press-lawmakers-to-pledge-spending-cuts-caps

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/06/cut-cap-and-balance-the-debt-solution-america-needs

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATISM VISIT:
WWW.THEMOUNTVERNONSTATEMENT.COM

The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEO's of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement--economic, social and national security.

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring
Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union
Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government
Gary Bauer, President, American Values
Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness
Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council
Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Brent Bozell, President, ForAmerica
Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition
Kay R. Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary
Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum Action
David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Phil Burress, President, Citizens for Community Values
C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Property
Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General
David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana
Cliff May, former RNC Communications Director
James Miller III, former Reagan Budget Director
Bob McEwen, former Member of Congress, Ohio
Penny Young Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America
Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union
Morton C. Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch
James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association
Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com
J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Coalition for a Conservative Majority
Mathew D. Staver, Chairman, Liberty Council Action
Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union
Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition
Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator
Tom Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Human Events
Bill Pascoe, Executive Vice President, Citizens for the Republic
Gary Marx, Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition
Bob Adams, Executive Director, League of American Voters
Donna Hearne, Executive Director, Constitutional Coalition
Curt Levey, Executive Director, Committee for Justice
Lori Roman, Founder, Regular Folks United
(All Names for Identification purposes only)
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