OPEN LETTER TO THE CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS OF THE GREAT STATE OFLOUISIANA
RE: Our 21st Century “Battle Of The Bulge.”
Dear Senators and Congressmen:
As we all well recognize, unrestrained federal spending will soon bankrupt America, condemning
our citizens - born and unborn - to indentured servitude controlled by oppressive taxation and
uncontrollable inflation. America’s fiscal house must be put in order or the free and independent People
of America will devolve into another begotten, huddling mass without personal security and without
hope of a better tomorrow. As our Senators and Congressmen, historic times and the voters of Louisiana
have elected each of you to do the People’s business, and today, that is to stop federal deficit spending.
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Fortunately, the solutions to excessive spending are well known and obvious. Simply stated, the
federal government must end deficit spending, through specific and continuing reductions in federal pending which must cumulative equal forty (40%) percent of our present annual spending. Your friends, your fellow citizens call on each of you to dare to be great and save the American Experiment efore it dies from willful neglect.
We now face our 21st Century “Battle Of The Bulge.” To win this battle and save America, you
are each called upon to do more than blind cutting or excessive taxation. To eliminate the bulging
National Debt can be done only with significantly large cuts of the kind that do little injury to the private conomy that is America’s engine of prosperity. Cuts in the federal government’s spending will boomerang and create jobs in the private sector. Markets will rally with responsible fiscal action!
But remember, that these substantial cuts can only occur with the support, and understanding of the People. This Battle Of The Bulge will be won by reduction of benefits and spending on all fronts, with some areas being cut more than others. Trust that Our People love their America more than themselves. America will accept significant reductions if the cumulative reductions promise to end America’s addiction to deficit spending and ever increasing credit. I believe our historic Battle Of The Bulge will be won with public disclosure, debate, logic and our common love of country. Ultimately, the self-governing People of America will choose a bright future for themselves and their children, and will reject the poverty of servants indentured to America’s creditors.
You must now get down to the sweaty work of informing and educating the People on the best fiscal path to a balance between America’s income and America’s spending. As for the pending need to raise our debt ceiling, it is not avoidable, in the short term. In fact, the necessity to raise the debt ceiling is a harsh reminder of yesterday’s irresponsible spending already done. Presently, deficit spending grows like a social cancer, sapping the vitality and resources out of America’s private economy, stifling job creation and prosperity. Make yours an unyielding focus on actions that cumulatively end today’s and tomorrow’s deficit spending in a way that the American economy can produce jobs, growth and prosperity.
Two things are clear when addressing the debt ceiling. First, regardless of the good the deficit spending did or did not do, America’s continuing deficit spending is historically excessive and financially unsustainable. Second, with a National Debt of $16.5 trillion, our annual deficits of $1.250 trillion will inflict the final mortal wound on our children’s future, our prosperity and our security. As soon as a cumulative deficit of $20 trillion is reached, America loses the fiscal ability to protect our People’s freedoms and prosperity from the economic stagflation that will occur. In short, annual deficit spending must end, or America dies.
At this point in time, the President has made a fair point, that refusing to raise the deficit for unavoidable spending ignores the fact that these errors have already occurred. Therefore fund yesterday’s errors, and move directly to compliance with the requirements of the Constitution and federal law. Going forward, you must require Congress and the President to authorize new spending in compliance with existing federal law, including (i) budgeting legally and constitutionally, (ii) legislating openly, and (ii) appropriating according to dictates of the budget and legislation. American will no longer tolerate more “Continuing Resolutions” or self-service crisis management. These are the tools of those who favor America’s failure through governmental neglect. These are Representatives who shirk their own responsibility to govern openly and responsibly.
The People of America are starved for leadership that follows the law and does the responsible thing. Having allowed the system to operate behind closed doors, funded without committee hearings and budget debates that illuminate the facts, and the alternative cuts that are possible, the American People are left uninformed by our continuing ignorance of the opportunities presented to each of you to cut spending and authorize spend responsibly, within America’s financial means.
Start fresh with this new Congress and do America’s budgeting, legislation and appropriations according to the law and U.S. Constitution, with a firm schedule for responsible action. Going forward, govern in public to inform and educate the People. The democratic cure to irresponsible spending is to govern according to the law and the U.S. Constitution by governing by the rules. To put us back on the track of responsible, legitimate spending, I recommend enacting the following: (1) Extend the debt ceiling to such amount as will allow government to operate as is until July 31, 2013. I believe a debate to save America as we approach the Fourth of July will help puts this historic battle in the proper perspective. The American People will save America. (2) Establish a prompt, responsible and reasonable budgeting calendar for Congress so that Congress and the President budget and spend in 2013 based upon the law of the land. Whatever the law
requires for budgeting, for enactment of law, and for appropriations shall be done on time in 2013 or any further spending after the Fourth of July 2013 is illegitimate. America’s People respect the law and those who act openly. (3) Let the budgeting, legislating and spending debates, and their resulting votes occur in public, in committees and on the floor of Congress where Congressmen and Senators make public decisions, based upon public information. The integrity and sincerity of each Representative will be obvious, for admiration or disdain, as the actions of each shall dictate. Ultimately, this will educate the
American People on what cuts and tax increases are necessary to save America. By the Fourth of July 2013 America will have the information necessary to save America and to
honor those who honor America. Now is the time for public discourse, public debate, and the making of historic decisions, all to save America. Only you, the duly elected representatives of “We the People” can save America. Balancing America’s books is not hard to do, if you recognize that your failure to do so, ends America as we and our forefather’s knew it. God save these United States.
Mr. Paul Loy Hurd