Press Release: Joe Budd, Republican Candidate for U.S. House (District FL-19) on the Republican Party’s Pledge for America
Coral Springs, FL – September 23, 2010. We can all agree on one basic and fundamental truth from the Pledge for America: America is more than a country, it is an idea. The Republican Party has offered an extensive set of ideas that can best be used to begin a discussion of returning our country to sound economic policy and government rooted in common sense.
As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives I offer my critique of the Pledge and hope for the direction of our country.
First, it is clear that the Obama administration, like the Bush administration before it, is running up debt that, by our own government’s analysis, is unsustainable. The Pledge’s idea of freezing discretionary spending is sound. We must also, however, address the issue of entitlements and guarantee the solvency and viability of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. This is the absolute duty of responsible government and the promises made to senior citizens.
Secondly, the Pledge is correct, our Congress has behaved in a shameful and profligate manner. Neither the president nor the congress is imperial. We must all live within our means. I will cut my Congressional Office budget by 33% the day I am sworn in. Our elected officials must lead by example when addressing the issue of spending and debt. The old ways of politics of both parties will no longer serve us; and the American people must come to expect more of their leaders.
Regarding energy policy we must vigorously pursue an all the above path to energy independence. Why does the Obama administration financially support drilling in Brazil but block it in the U.S., using taxpayer money to do so? We must stop supporting Ahmadinejad, Chavez and the brutal Saudi sheiks every time we fill up our tanks with gas.
In summary, the Pledge for America is the starting point of a national discussion about spending, debt, leadership and safe-guarding the promises made to our seniors. The 2010 Congressional elections are rooted in the national need to restore sanity, responsibility and accountability to government. We must lift up new leadership who will bridge the partisan gap and chart a new, healthy course and restore the idea that is America.