Op ed by Sam Brown originally published on The Daily Caller.
“There’s no free lunch, now we’re all going to have to pay the price.”
These are the words of former President Barack Obama’s Economic Advisor Steve Rattner, criticizing the reckless spending agenda of Joe Biden. He is not alone. Former Obama Treasury Secretary Larry Summers said before the vote on Joe Biden’s $2 trillion “American Rescue Plan” that the spending in the bill could “set off inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation.”
They were right. And Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen was wrong. Rosen voted for every spending bill Joe Biden proposed.
The results have been nothing short of devastating for the middle class. Rosen’s adherence to the party line has saddled taxpayers with a staggering $32 trillion in national debt and record inflation, price increases, and interest rates.
Lately, President Joe Biden and Sen. Rosen are touting Bidenomics as a win for Americans — they like to claim it’s a lifeline we’ve been given, supposedly showing economic progress is restored and inflation is a thing of the past.
Americans can see through the lies and out-of-touch political talking points. For those of us who live in the real world (not the D.C. bubble), things only seem to be getting worse.
Consider this: when you’re filling up your gas tank, paying your energy bills, and buying groceries for your family…do things seem cheaper, or is life more expensive than ever?
In Nevada, we’re still dealing with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Our small businesses, many of which politicians like Jacky Rosen were only too eager to label as “non-essential” and shut down during the pandemic, are struggling to recover. Sadly, many have been forced to close their doors.
Could you afford to buy your home in today’s market? I know my family couldn’t.
Biden, Rosen, the D.C. politicians and the media talking heads may have the means to turn a blind eye to these brutal economic times, but the American Dream is at risk of disappearing for the rest of us if things don’t change quickly.
It’s far past time to reel in the out-of-control spending that’s destroying the American economy and hurting the American taxpayer. Because of inflation, your hard-earned dollars buy less and less but Washington just keeps running higher deficits and printing more money. It’s the opposite of fiscal responsibility — it’s fiscal insanity.
As the father of three young kids, I consider it my responsibility to help fix the serious financial problems we face and restore the strong American economy we had under President Trump.
It starts with putting an end to the current business-as-usual way that Congress operates.
The U.S. Senate can implement real reforms that have a positive, long-term impact for all of America. I’ll be a champion for a responsible budget process that forces Congress and federal agencies to review and justify (not just renew and increase) their budgets every year – holding the government accountable to the American people. If the government can’t justify a spending objective or expense, then it won’t be included in the budget. We need to refocus our spending priorities to meet the long-term needs of the nation, not the short-term desires of bureaucrats, special interest groups or career politicians robbing the treasury to aid their reelection bids.
Bottom line: if the politicians can’t pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid.
To put more money in your pocket, I’ll advocate for permanent tax cuts for low- and middle-income earners. That includes keeping in place the doubling of the child tax credit and standard deduction increases, and fighting for other measures that help Americans keep more of their money.
We need to get people back to work. That means cutting burdensome regulations to unleash the power of small businesses to create jobs and opportunities in our local communities. Washington hamstrings the American economy, but Main Street will revive it.
America’s strength has always been tied to her economic might. And right now, it’s all at risk. The policies of the Biden administration, coupled with a spend-happy Congress, only continue to make us weaker and weaker. The consequences of that weakness have a critical impact on our nation’s survival, from the economy to our national security.
That’s why I’m running for the U.S. Senate – to right our course and make the tough decisions that will secure America’s future. We can implement these conservative solutions and put us back on the path towards prosperity, but it means breaking with the status quo and throwing out the D.C. rulebooks.
We all make tough choices and live within our means. Why shouldn’t our government do the same?
Sam Brown is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada.