On Wednesday evening I joined a group of Republican Senators and the President for a discussion about our economy and our national debt.
One of my favorite songs by Johnny Cash is “The Farmer’s Almanac.” The message of the song is that everything a person needs to know in life can be found in two books: the Bible and the Farmer’s Almanac.
Since the beginning of the 113th Congress, several topics have dominated the conversation both nationally and in Washington. After passage of the fiscal cliff deal on January 1, we now must focus on a longer-term fix to our nation’s economic issues. It has been more than three years since the Majority Leader even put a budget on the Senate floor, let alone allowed the Senate to act on and pass one. This is inexcusable.
Sitting on the inauguration platform for the President’s speech, I wanted to hear about how we could collaborate to revitalize our economy and secure a more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren. While the speech was peppered with phrases that we could agree on like simplifying our tax code, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and empowering citizens, I was extremely disappointed that his ideas for advancing these goals involve a bigger, more intrusive government.