Representative Nan Hayworth from New York delivered a powerful message in Congress this morning. She read from a letter by 13-year old constituent Jeremy Vaitas who wrote:

As a 13 year-old boy in 7th grade I am concerned about my future. Currently the national debt is $14 trillion, $16 billion, $110 million, $552 thousand, $952 dollars, and five cents. My self and every other citizen will have to pay $45,241 to eliminate this debt. My parents struggle with money. And I am afraid that I will struggle even more and not be able to own a home, buy a car, or provide for a family someday. I feel the only way to reduce the national debt is to reduce the amount of money the government is spending.

Rep. Hayworth reminds Congress that opportunity and prosperity come, not from government, but from American enterprise, entrepreneurship and ingenuity. While this may seem like an obvious statement, Congress and President Obama need reminding after they got carried away by their idea of “stimulus” spending. The “stimulus” further misallocated scarce resources, thereby delaying the economy’s recovery. In her concluding remarks, Hayworth urges representatives in Congress to show the courage to cut government spending so that Americans can buy, build, invest, and hire.

Well spoken, Rep. Hayworth! Now if only we can get enough Congressmen and women on board, we may be able to seize the moment to do what’s most urgent for the country: Cut government spending NOW! Not 10 years from now, not during the next budget discussion.  Now is the time!

As today’s Examiner editorial points out today, President Obama’s recent budget proposal would raise taxes, add to the debt, and further increase government spending. His supposed reductions are built on “smoke and mirrors,” because they rely on unrealistic assumptions about the growth of the economy over the next few years.

Rosy scenario certainly applies to the Obama budget’s assumptions about economic growth, unemployment, and inflation between now and 2013. The president’s proposal assumes real Gross Domestic Product growth of 3.1 percent this year, four percent next year and 4.5 percent the year after. To grasp the unreality of that projection, recall that in only four years of the past 30 has the economy grown four percent or more. Two of those years, 1983 (4.52 percent) and 1984 (7.19 percent), were at the outset of the economic boom sparked by President Reagan’s tax cuts. The other two years, 1997 (4.46 percent) and 1999 (4.83 percent), both followed on compromises between President Clinton and Republican congressional majorities that restrained federal spending and debt, and cut taxes. White House assertions to the contrary notwithstanding, the proposed Obama budget raises taxes, adds more debt and hikes federal spending.

While the President’s misguided budget proposal rests on the belief that we can just keep spending now, because we’ll make up for it later, Representative Nan Hayworth from NY sees the situation more clearly. Government spending is unsustainably high and it is draining the private sector of the necessary resources to “buy, build, invest and hire.”  At a national debt of over $14 trillion, I believe we can all agree that we, including our children and grandchildren, have enough to make up for already.