ACRU

“Super Committee” Should Cut Spending, Not Raise Taxes

As a member of the Conservative Action Project, ACRU CEO Susan Carleson and leaders of 37 other organizations representing a broad cross section of the conservative movement have a united message on the “Super Committee.”

MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT: “Super Committee” should focus on Reducing Spending & Stimulating Economic Growth–not increasing taxes.

RE: The Budget Control Act of 2011 created a Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (“Super Committee”) that must vote on a plan with the goal of $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction by November 23. We believe the “Super Committee” should reduce federal spending on the way to a balanced budget, while preserving the ability to protect America and stimulating economic growth–without raising taxes.

ISSUE-in-BRIEF: The “Cut, Cap and Balance” Act passed by the House of Representatives in July remains the only way to genuinely solve the problem of out-of-control spending. Now that Congress has established a “Super Committee” there are two ways to reduce the federal government’s excessive spending habit: the right way of cutting spending and the wrong way of raising taxes. Job-killing tax hikes in our weak economy with an unemployment rate above 9% will undermine economic growth and America’s ability to compete in the global market place. Consider what has happened in just the past few weeks:

  • The historic downgrading of America’s credit rating by Standard & Poor’s was met by a “Blame the American People first” response from the White House.
  • China has taken to lecturing the United States about the need to get its debt under control.
  • The President has yet to offer a plan to address the situation, but his re-election fundraising events continue on almost a daily basis.

STIMULATING ECONOMIC GROWTH WILL CREATE JOBS

Job creators, entrepreneurs and risk takers can re-start our economy if government policies stimulate economic growth instead of undermining confidence and stability. We believe the “Super Committee” should:

  1. Adopt fundamental tax reform dramatically lowering tax rates on individuals and companies.
  2. Recommend a review and rollback of the job killing regulations promulgated in the past several years and a one year moratorium on new regulations that inhibit investment and burden manufacturers.
  3. Pursue common sense reforms of Social Security and consumer driven health care policies in order to control costs and assure senior citizens that entitlement programs won’t go bankrupt.

CITIZENS MUST BECOME INVOLVED TO ADVOCATE SPENDING REDUCTIONS AND OPPOSE TAX INCREASES

There are many organizations dedicated to reducing the size of government–The Heritage Foundation, The Cato Institute, The National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity and Americans for Limited Government to name a few–and many others–that have recommended hundreds of billions of dollars of federal government expenditures that could be cut or eliminated on the way to a balanced budget. A Tea Party Debt Commission has been established to solicit citizen input: http://www.teapartydebtcommission.com/splash.aspx

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT REDUCING FEDERAL SPENDING AND THE “SUPER” COMMITTEE VISIT THESE WEBSITES::

http://www.cutcapandbalanceact.com

http://www.downsizinggovernment.org/balanced-budget-plan

http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/10/how-to-cut-343-billion-from-the-federal-budgetl

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904140604576496512439008854.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

http://www.cagw.org/newsroom/releases/2011/the-pig-book-is-alive-and.html

http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/2011/08/gop-denial-about-dangers-super-committee#ixzz1U3qvkfPQ

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20074797-503544.html

http://americansforprosperity.com/080211-taking-stock-debt-ceiling-debate

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/08/tea-party-debt-commission-freedomworks-/1

http://blog.heritage.org/2011/08/02/5-transparency-ideas-for-the-new-joint-committee-on-deficit-reduction/

http://dailycaller.com/2011/08/04/ron-paul-debt-limit-agreement-super-committee-unconstitutional/

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13513

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2011/08/08/debt-supercommittee-must-be-transparent

http://www.redstate.com/tex_whitley/2011/08/04/senator-jim-demint-talks-about-the-debt-ceiling-deal-and-his-new-book/

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111903341404576483791295988516.html?mod=opinion_newsreel

http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/06/28/conservative-groups-press-lawmakers-to-pledge-spending-cuts-caps

http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/06/cut-cap-and-balance-the-debt-solution-america-needs

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATISM VISIT:

WWW.THEMOUNTVERNONSTATEMENT.COM

The Conservative Action Project, chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese, is designed to facilitate conservative leaders working together on behalf of common goals. Participants include the CEO’s of over 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement–economic, social and national security.

Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring

Duane Parde, President, National Taxpayers Union

Tom Schatz, President, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

William Wilson, President, Americans for Limited Government

Gary Bauer, President, American Values

Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness

Mario H. Lopez, President, Hispanic Leadership Fund

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council

Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

Brent Bozell, President, ForAmerica

Andrea Lafferty, President, Traditional Values Coalition

Kay R. Daly, President, Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Gene Mills, President, Louisiana Family Forum Action

David Williams, President, Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Phil Burress, President, Citizens for Community Values

C. Preston Noell III, President, Tradition, Family, Property

Edwin Meese III, former Attorney General

David McIntosh, former Member of Congress, Indiana

Cliff May, former RNC Communications Director

James Miller III, former Reagan Budget Director

Bob McEwen, former Member of Congress, Ohio

Penny Young Nance, CEO, Concerned Women for America

Al Cardenas, Chairman, American Conservative Union

Morton C. Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch

James Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association

Richard Viguerie, Chairman, ConservativeHQ.com

J. Kenneth Blackwell, Chairman, Coalition for a Conservative Majority

Mathew D. Staver, Chairman, Liberty Council Action

Susan Carleson, Chairman & CEO, American Civil Rights Union

Rev. Lou Sheldon, Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition

Alfred Regnery, Publisher, American Spectator

Tom Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Human Events

Bill Pascoe, Executive Vice President, Citizens for the Republic

Gary Marx, Executive Director, Faith & Freedom Coalition

Bob Adams, Executive Director, League of American Voters

Donna Hearne, Executive Director, Constitutional Coalition

Curt Levey, Executive Director, Committee for Justice

Lori Roman, Founder, Regular Folks United

(All Names for Identification purposes only)