Let’s Find a Better Way Forwardby Representative E. Scott Rigell
Posted on 2013-01-01
RIGELL asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. RIGELL. Mr. Speaker, what do we know with certainty about the
bill which passed the Senate? We know it has bipartisan support, and
that's encouraging. I'm a Republican who has been making the case that
revenues must rise. This bill does that; and if it becomes law, it
provides some certainty to our Tax Code, which would surely help our
Yet, Mr. Speaker, we also know with certainty that it fails to address the mortal threat facing our country--uncontrolled spending. It fails to reflect the balanced approach that was advocated by our President. So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom but the seductive spirit that pervades this town. The time to confront our spending addiction is not now. It's later, they say--we'll do the right thing then.
In lacking knowledge, political courage--or both--leaders in Washington continue to overpromise. They're like salespeople who tell their customers they can have a $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal? The truth--and what we know with certainty--is that the full cost, indeed, will be paid by their children, the next generation of Americans.
There is a better way forward, Mr. Speaker, for Americans. Let's find it.