Coats Notes: President Should Focus on Spending Cuts, Not Tax Hikes

Senator Dan Coats
2013-02-15 15:35:51
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ President Should Focus on Spending Cuts, Not Tax Hikes <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14526.8685653.5224263.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dCPpDWJwroko%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be> This week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the American people. While we have heard many of these words and promises before, the real test will be whether the President finally will lead and act on pro-growth policies. Although I was pleased President Obama finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis in his address, I was disappointed that he continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more government spending. This is certainly not the "balanced" approach he has been promising the American people. If the President was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today. President Obama and Congress must do more to reduce the nearly $16.5 trillion federal debt, $6 trillion of which was added under his administration alone. Instead of detailing a plan to reduce the record-high debt, the President outlined a liberal laundry list of new government programs and initiatives. I could almost hear the sound of a cash register in the background with every new program. Washington cannot keep asking hard-working Americans to dig deeper and pony up more money so the federal government can spend more. Hoosiers and Americans across this country are taxed enough. I urge the President to focus on fixing our country's fiscal health. You don't do that by raising taxes. You do it by enacting bold spending reforms. You do it by reducing our debt. You do it by creating a budget so we can live within our means. You do it by promoting pro-growth policies. This is how we strengthen America and grow. This is how we get Hoosiers and Americans back to work. Click here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14526.8685653.5224263.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dCPpDWJwroko%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be> or on the image above to watch my speech reacting to the President's State of the Union address. _____ Time is Now to Restructure and Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14526.8685653.5224263.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.yo utube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dHaK4NFybjDA%26amp%3bfeature%3dyoutu.be>
 

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Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


President Should Focus on Spending Cuts, Not Tax Hikes

This week, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to the American people. While we have heard many of these words and promises before, the real test will be whether the President finally will lead and act on pro-growth policies.

Although I was pleased President Obama finally turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis in his address, I was disappointed that he continued to call for higher taxes to pay for more government spending.

This is certainly not the “balanced” approach he has been promising the American people. If the President was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today. President Obama and Congress must do more to reduce the nearly $16.5 trillion federal debt, $6 trillion of which was added under his administration alone.

Instead of detailing a plan to reduce the record-high debt, the President outlined a liberal laundry list of new government programs and initiatives. I could almost hear the sound of a cash register in the background with every new program.

Washington cannot keep asking hard-working Americans to dig deeper and pony up more money so the federal government can spend more. Hoosiers and Americans across this country are taxed enough.

I urge the President to focus on fixing our country’s fiscal health. You don’t do that by raising taxes. You do it by enacting bold spending reforms. You do it by reducing our debt. You do it by creating a budget so we can live within our means. You do it by promoting pro-growth policies. This is how we strengthen America and grow. This is how we get Hoosiers and Americans back to work.

Click here or on the image above to watch my speech reacting to the President’s State of the Union address. 


Time is Now to Restructure and Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security


President Obama also mentioned this week in his State of the Union remarks that he is willing to restructure mandatory spending programs like Medicare. The President has made this commitment before, but we have yet to see action. I hope this time will be different, and the administration will offer a specific plan.

Hard-working Hoosiers and millions of Americans have spent a lifetime paying into our health and retirement security programs. Congress and the White House must work to find common ground to restructure and save these programs or we could lose the ability to provide benefits for current and future recipients.

Both liberals and conservatives have recognized that we need to restructure Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security if we are serious about putting this country on sounder fiscal footing and if we are to keep these programs from becoming insolvent. We need to make changes now in order to avoid more painful changes later.

Our country essentially faces two options: We can continue with the status quo and wait until a crisis moment hits. At that point, these programs may be beyond saving. Or we can come together and commit to the American people that we will act and no longer avoid or delay the challenging but necessary task of fixing these programs to save them for future generations.

Click here or on the image above to watch my speech.

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