Despite the President's "Fiscal Responsibility" Summit, the new spending bill before the House contains more than 9,000 earmarks. Indeed, as the President gives lip-service to fiscal responsibility and "pay-as-you-go" budgeting, his allies in the House have now planned to spend more than $1 trillion on discretionary spending.
Certainly, Republicans are just as guilty of "Congressionally Directed Spending" as Democrats, but with Mr. Obama going on television and talking about responsibility and balanced budgets, it is time for him to quite literally put his money where his mouth is. We have already spent more than $1 trillion on "stimulus" based on dubious economic theories and which are full of pork-barrell spending. Now we are about to spend more money that we don't have and grow our government deficits to the point that our grandchildren will be paying our bills.
We stand at the precipice. We can jump off into uncontrolled, unnecessary spending; or we can step back, turn away and walk, then run toward fiscal responsibility, balanced budgets, smaller government and better lives for everyone. We have spent the past seventy five years expanding government, spending more money, and growing our deficits, with both Republicans and Democrats to blame.
It is time to take a stand. It is time for the President to show us he says what he means. It is time for President Obama to display his true colors.
So I urge, Mr. Obama: Veto this bill.
Veto this bill and show us all that you give more than just lip-service to fiscal responsibility. Veto it and tell the Congress to bring you bills that are fiscally responsible. Veto it and tell the American People that when you are given a choice between the right thing and the politically expedient thing, you will choose the right.
Sign it, and lose all moral authority when talking about responsibility.