"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
Ronald Reagan

Saturday, March 16, 2013

CPAC 2013 - US Senator Pat Toomey

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) chose to focus on the impending debt crisis. President Barack Obama claimed during the election, “[Republicans] want us to go back to the same old policies that got us into this mess in the first place.” Toomey argues this is completely incorrect, but that, as conservatives, “We never had an alternative compelling narrative to explain that.”

Toomey pointed out some of the most notable sources of government waste and redundancy. We spent $4.5 billion on “improper food stamp payments” and billions on subsidies to inefficient energy sources. We have 160 housing assistance programs, and 15 “financial-literacy programs.” Is the federal government really the organization we want teaching “financial literacy?” We have gone on a “spending binge … and what has it gotten us? The weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression.”

Toomey says there is hope, and our economy can grow. Our main challenge? “To rein in a government that has exploded out of control.”

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