Saving Our Nation from Debt: An Open Letter from Rep. Jim Jordan

The Courage of Our Convictions

A few weeks ago, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled legislation to reduce spending for the remainder of the 2011 budget year. While we appreciated their good work, members of the Republican Study Committee also knew that more needed to be done. We sent the bill back to the drawing board, and as a result the House recently voted to cut total spending by more than $61 billion this year, or $100 billion below the president's request. Now it goes to the Senate.

Although last week's vote to cut spending was only the first step of many, it should have been a bigger step. To keep this country a land of opportunity and innovation, representatives, senators, and the president himself will need to work together to make the large spending cuts necessary to get the budget on a path to balance. Nearly every politician talks about the dangers of unchecked deficits and debt. In 2011, Americans will learn who has the courage of their convictions.

As we see today in Wisconsin, the Left will fight vigorously to kick the can down the road one more time. At this moment, however, we stand at a fork in the road. Down one path wait higher taxes, rising inflation, painful interest rates, and fewer jobs. Down the other, the chance for individuals, families, and businesses to build a healthier, more prosperous future.

No choice could be easier to make.

God Bless,

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)

Chairman, the Republican Study Committee