Senator Jeff Sessions (R, AL) had a few words to say on this [emphasis added].
The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: “Each $5 in new [food stamp] benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.” Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming “mountain pride” and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome.
People are being hurt every day by the Washington establishment the Democrats are determined to shield from accountability. Government has never been bigger or more out of control. They say there is no problem with waste, fraud, and abuse; they say the problem is you; they say you are not sending them enough money; they say they have wisely spent every penny. So, you must just send them more. And, if you don’t? Well, they won’t stop spending, they’ll just borrow more.
Here is Sessions’ suggestion for an economically effective and morally sound budget outline:
Instead, we must act to create more jobs and better pay. And we can do it without adding to the debt. Here’s how:
Make welfare temporary and the welfare office an employment and job training office.
Unlock America’s vast energy resources to create millions of good-paying jobs.
Defend American workers from unfair foreign trade practices.
Reform the tax code to make America globally competitive, creating more jobs here.
Make government leaner, less wasteful so it produces greater results for the money you earned and sent here.
Enforce an immigration policy that protects legal US workers from unlawful competition.
Eliminate every burdensome federal rule or regulation that isn’t needed and that destroys jobs.
And, finally, we must balance the federal budget.
These are steps that reduce government, they allow Americans to regain responsibility for our own actions, regain our ability to work toward our own goals, and these steps leave more of our hard-earned money in our hands. All of this enhances our—and our country’s—freedom and morality.
We saw with Wednesday’s Senate budget proposal the Democrats’…freedom and morality.