Calls on Republican leadership to cut as necessary and honor current debt ceiling.
U.S. Senate candidate Jamie Radtke met Monday with members of the House Tea Party Caucus regarding spending and debt issues facing the United States and the upcoming vote to raise the debt ceiling, and she urged the House Republican leadership to start leading the way in the effort to stabilize America’s fiscal situation.
“I’d like to thank Liberty Central, the House Tea Party Caucus and Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for the opportunity to discuss the daunting challenges we face as a nation,” Radtke said in her testimony. Radtke then shared with the caucus her disbelief at the nature of the current budget debate.
“I must say that watching what has been happening in Washington makes me feel like Alice in Alice in Wonderland,” Radtke said. “Are our leaders in touch with reality? Is this really happening? One can only conclude that most in Congress subscribe to Wonderland Economics.”
“President Obama and his economic team have failed this leadership challenge,” Radtke said. “The U.S. Senate has failed the test. Sadly, so have the Republican leaders in the House.
“I’m sure the Republican Establishment and political pundits will say it’s not politically wise or prudent for me to criticize the most powerful leaders in my own party—including the Majority Leader who also happens to be my own Congressman,” Radtke said. “And they may be right. But the facts are the facts and the real insanity is punting to the next vote.”
Radtke challenged the Republican leadership to honor the current debt ceiling and cut current fiscal year spending to 2008 levels. “The time to act is now, not next year or the year after the elections,” Radtke said. “This nation may never have faced a threat more ominous than the threat it faces today. But I believe the American people aren’t afraid to face this crisis head-on. I believe the American people know in their bones what is right. And I believe the American people have the character and courage to do it.
“In fact,” Radtke noted. “Rasmussen reported today that 58% of Americans favor government shut down until cuts are agreed upon. A plurality of voters don’t think the GOP spending cuts go far enough.”
House Tea Party Caucus leader Rep. Michele Bachmann said, “Jamie Radtke’s call to not raise the debt ceiling is spot on,” Bachmann said. “We must have a reality-based debate on the budget, instead of remaining in denial about the peril we face.”