“We can turn the country around, but it’s going to take difficult decisions today in order to avoid nearly impossible decisions tomorrow.”
The confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to lead the Office of Budget and Management, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C. (A, 94%), testified before a Senate committee today.
In his opening statement, Rep. Mulvaney essentially declared war on outrageous government spending and the national debt.
“For the first time in America’s history, the next generation could be less prosperous than the previous,” Mulvaney said. “We can turn the country around, but it’s going to take difficult decisions today in order to avoid nearly impossible decisions tomorrow.”
Mulvaney assailed the nearly $20 trillion national debt as an existential threat to the United States, comparing it to a “credit card bill of $260,000” for an average family.
“Our gross national debt has increased to almost $20 trillion,” Mulvaney said. “That number is so large as to defy description. I choose to look at it another way: to an ordinary American family, that translates to a credit card bill of $260,000. Families know what that would mean for them. It is time for government to learn the same lesson.”
Continuing, Mulvaney said he felt “as a matter of principle” that the debt is problem that requires immediate action.
“Part of fixing that problem also means taking a hard look at government waste … and then ending it. American taxpayers deserve a government that is efficient, effective, and accountable. American families earn their money honestly; they expect the government to spend it honestly. We owe them that much.”
Well said, Congressman.