Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Bilbray Getting out the Message at Taxpayer Expense

Six years ago I created my first post entitled, "Brian Bilbray, He's Not One of Us," in response to a cute TV spot featuring Brian with his two sons all carrying surfboards and sporting wetsuits. I pointed out that at that time he was supporting drilling for oil off of the California coast. Well, my beloved U.S. Rep is again electioneering within two weeks of a primary election, this time as an official letter to his constituents. The business of governing. It is an urgent plea to support the Paul Ryan "Path to Austerity" budget. Tell me if this seems like a permissible use of public funds. From his letter to me dated 5/23/12. With nearly 1 in 9 San Diegans unemployed, it is painstakingly clear that we can no longer continue down an unsustainable path of deficit-fueled spending. The imminent debt crisis our nation faces is a serious threat to the American economy and each and every San Diegan. Recently, President Obama proposed an unrealistic Fiscal Year 2013 budget outline that would only continue failed economic policies of increasing taxes and spending too much money. Of further concern, the U.S. Senate has not passed a budget in over 3 years, while still voting to spend trillions of U.S. taxpayer funds every year. In response to the failure of both the White House and the Senate to produce a viable budget, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) put forth the Path to Prosperity Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposal, which would change the spending trajectory of our nation. The Path to Prosperity spends $5 trillion dollars less than the President's proposal and returns government spending to below 20 percent of GDP, so that the federal budget doesn't outgrow the federal government's ability to pay for it. Through fundamental reform this budget will bring jobs and economic growth while preserving our health care and retirement programs for current and future seniors. For these reasons, I voted in favor of this budget resolution when it passed by a vote of 228-191. Thank you for your interest in this important matter. If you have any questions or suggestion, please feel free to call me at (202) 225-0508. Find more information about this topic on my website: http://bilbray.house.gov and keep updated by finding me on Facebook