Archive for July, 2012

Thirty-under-Thirty

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Thank you to Red Alert for choosing me as an inaugural member of their “Thirty-under-Thirty” list! You can read their entry on me here, and check out their other nominees here.

Ted Cruz, David Dewhurst, Pledge to “Reject the Debt”

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Originally posted at US Daily Review

The Coalition to Reduce Spending, a fantastic organization that I’m on the Board of Directors for, is truly impacting public policy through political pressure – and the July 31st US Senate runoff race in Texas has become a perfect indication of how this works. Both Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst have signed our “Reject the Debt Pledge,” which is the hallmark project of the Coalition to Reduce Spending.

Dewhurst and Cruz join several other candidates for federal office in pledging to not vote to raise the debt ceiling and not borrow more money to pay for spending programs. They have also committed to supporting only balanced budgets, and to consider all government spending fair game for reduction.

To break the news about the “Reject the Debt Pledge” and its impact in the Texas Senate runoff, Jonathan Bydlak, the Coalition to Reduce Spending’s president, was on The Price of Business with Kevin Price at 7:15 AM CST on Friday, June 20th. Make sure to tune into KTEK 1110 in Houston or to listen at PriceOfBusiness.com.

This organization and the work we’re doing is extremely important to me as a 25 year old who is seriously concerned about the future of our nation. It’s immoral for politicians to continue spending away the future of young Americans simply to satisfy current coalitions of voters and to enshrine their own political power.

I’m glad to see both Cruz and Dewhurst open to noting that all spending needs to be open for reduction, because the truth is, the greatest threat to our national security is the economic woes that will inevitably saddle future generations if we don’t deal with eliminating our national debt immediately. Other countries may be around to bail Greece and other European nations out; but no one will be there to bail out the United States of America. It’s up to the people, and it’s time we take action.

If you know of a politician who should sign the “Reject the Debt Pledge,” please suggest them to us. It’s long past time for candidates to go on the record regarding this central issue – but they won’t take action unless people like you and I force them to. Join us.

Intentions or Results?

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Originally posted at the Coalition to Reduce Spending

(Note: I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition to Reduce Spending)

When it comes to federal spending, it often seems that politicians fall into a trap of focusing on intentions rather than results. After all, it’s a lot easier both rhetorically and politically to tell one’s constituents what a sympathetic and charitable person you are. Actually delving into the reality of the math behind government programs and their often lackluster performance is less enticing on all levels – which in large part explains why federal money gets spent with little to no accountability. This is bound to happen when everyone focuses on feel good talking points in lieu of asking hard questions.

However, in light of our $16 trillion and growing national debt, it’s time that these questions are asked and we have a real conversation about the government’s effectiveness in the area of resource allocation.

The Cato Institute recently started such a conversation with a study on federal anti-poverty spending. Called, The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year on Fighting Poverty – and Fail, the policy analysis (PDF) penned by Michael Tanner separates the rhetoric from reality and shows how the federal government’s “War on Poverty” has, unfortunately, been an abysmal failure.

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