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Woodall Calls for Debt Reduction, Entitlement Reform

Freshmen Republicans join together to sign letter to the President.

Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) and 77 freshmen Republican colleagues signed a letter last Friday calling on President Barack Obama to present a plan to reduce the national debt and reform entitlement spending. 

“Last week, I traveled with my Republican colleagues to the White House to attempt a discussion with the President on pro-growth fiscal policies.  Unfortunately, I walked away from the discussion empty-handed, and clearly my colleagues feel the same way,” Woodall said in a released statement.

“While the White House and Democrats continue to make excuses for their failed economic policies, House Republicans have passed a budget plan that drives down the national debt and reforms entitlements. We have yet to see any kind of plan of this caliber from our President,” Woodall said. “Time is of the essence. If we are to proceed with a productive discussion on how to fix our nation’s financial state, we need a President who is willing to step up to the plate and address these issues head-on.”

Rep. Woodall, who is a member of the House Budget Committee, worked closely with Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and his fellow colleagues on the committee in crafting the House-passed budget resolution known as “The Path to Prosperity.”

Woodall’s 7th Congressional District includes all of Barrow and Walton counties, most of Gwinnett County, and portions of Forsyth and Newton counties.

Brian Crawford June 07, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Ryan's budget is far from "A Path To Prosperity", it's much more of a "Road To Perdition" as it attempts to balance the federal budget by abandoning our poor, our children and our seniors while giving even more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans. Aside from achieving little in the way of deficit reduction, it's assault on the least among us is blatantly immoral. If Woodall and his fellow Republicans were the least bit genuine in their concern over deficits they would be talking about tax increases. Tax rates are the lowest in 60 years, corporate profits are at an all time high and much of our regulatory system was left toothless by the previous administration. How much more "pro growth" could we possibly be? The idea that Republicans are somehow fiscally responsible and offer sound economic policies has been thoroughly debunked by the the last 30 years of economic results. Both President Obama and Congressional Democrats have presented alternative budgets that offer a mix of spending cuts and tax increases. Any serious proposal must have both. As a freshman Congressman Woodall has shown little leadership when it comes to job creation or solving the housing market. We need fresh ideals, not stale rhetoric.
North Georgia Weather June 07, 2011 at 10:15 AM
Brian, I'm considered (against my better judgement) a senior and I agree with Woodall. No one is abandoning anyone, that's the normal argument that democrats play when they start talking about cutting funding. Job creation is the first step, but it's not the governments responsibility to do that. The wealth of this country was founded by free enterprise and that's were job creation must start. Legal mumbo jumbo and federal. state, and local laws and regulations have stifled growth and expansion. Did you ever take economics in school? And when was it that the government was suppose to take care of our well being anyway? I must have missed that. If you think the government should take care of you then you're in for a very big rude awakening, because those of you that do are destined to go down with the ship. The government can't afford to fund and manage any of those programs and congress has made entitlement as a way of life for this country. It's a vicious circle that must be broken.
North Georgia Weather June 07, 2011 at 02:27 PM
There are a few that do need it, but the system is overloaded and abused. Keep in mind these facts: For a given state, wealthy residents provide both a greater proportion of that state’s income tax revenue and a disproportionate share of the charitable donations made within that state. According to the Survey of Consumer Finances, sponsored by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, on a national basis households with a net worth of at least $1 million, headed by a person age 60 or older, comprised 4 percent of all households but donated approximately 25 percent of all household charitable contributions made in 2007 (the most recent year for which data is available). IRS data shows that in 2004, the richest 50% of the taxpayers paid 96.7% of all income taxes. From 1986 to 2004, the share paid by the richest half increased from 93.5% to 96.7%, and the share paid by the richest 1% increased from 25.75% to 36.89%. At the same time, the amount paid by the poorer half decreased from 6.5% in 1986 to 3.3% in 2004. While the poor's contribution was cut in half, the richest Americans saw their contribution increase by nearly 50%. When you get past the propaganda, for the last two decades the rich have been paying more and more while the poor have been paying less and less.
Dave Emanuel June 07, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Every time an article appears concerning statements made by Mr. Woodall, Brian Crawford finds a press release or other canned statement and incorporates it into a comment castigating him for not doing something he clearly cannot do alone. Mr. Woodall cannot force other members of Congress to act fiscally responsible. However, Mr. Crawford would never let the facts get in the way of his negative comments. By "President Obama's Alternate budget" does he mean the one that was unanimously rejected by every senator who voted on it? If you want to talk about a lack of leadership, Obama has that market cornered, and a record to prove his ineptness. Brian-- do you ever have an original thought? I've asked for your ideas before, and if you've responded at all, it's with the same regurgitated pablum that contains no relevant facts.
North Georgia Weather June 07, 2011 at 04:34 PM
What do you want the rich to do Sarah? What would you consider is fair for them, especially based on the facts I gave you above? Did you not see that they ARE giving, MUCH more than their share. What if they stopped giving? Should I give much of what I make to keep others afloat, especially the people that make no effort to work and are content to live off of others? You can't keep giving things to people, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. And Jesus might have said the following: Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and never succeed. (Proverbs 12:24) It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35)
North Georgia Weather June 07, 2011 at 04:39 PM
Read this Sarah: http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/9
Brian Crawford June 07, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Emmanuel, per usual the best you can muster is an ad hominem attack on me. I will continue to challenge Rep Woodall's hypocrisy whenever it rears it's ugly head by simply stating the facts. I will also be happy to applaud any attempts he might make to improve economic conditions in the 7th District should he ever decide to do so.
Dave Emanuel June 07, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Crawford-- why is it that your response is always the same-- same words, same negative tone. My alleged "ad hominem attack" is in fact simply a call for facts and substantiation of your claims. You are either unwilling or unable to provide these. If you think Rob Woodall is doing a poor job, that's fine-- you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I'd just like you to state what he has done that you disagree with and what you think he should have done instead. Each time I've asked you to explain your position you have either not done so, or have resorted to statements that have been copied from someone else. (Like the paragraph you essentially copied and pasted from MoveOn's web site.) So let's make this one really easy-- what do you think Mr. Woodall should do to improve economic conditions in the 7th District? And by the way, the relevant definition of "ad hominem" is, "attacking an an opponent's character rather than answering his argument". I haven't attacked your character, I've only asked if you are able to respond with anything other than canned statements-- if you respond at all.
Brian Crawford June 08, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Let's see, you've accused me of plagiarism, factless arguments, being incapable of original thought, regurgitating pablum, making canned statements and a general negative attitude, all without challenging any of the facts I cited in my original statement or my assertion that any serious proposal to end deficits must include tax increases. You've done nothing but attack my character. I'm pretty sure that fits the definition you offered of an ad hominem attack.
Brian Crawford June 08, 2011 at 04:31 AM
I agree that free enterprise is important for job creation but to claim government has no role in regulating commerce is to ignore one of the key arguments for drafting a federal constitution in the first place. And yes, when the free market fails it is government's responsibility to see that the wheels of commerce continue to turn. Growth and expansion aren't the current problem. The job creators have created plenty of jobs....overseas. We need fiscal policies that reward domestic job creation over corporate profit taking. By the way, I did take several semesters of ECON while in college and a lot has changed in the last 30 years. Today's global economy requires new thinking. I'm certainly no expert but as a commercial banker I was responsible for rehabilitating hundreds of millions of dollars in troubled assets during the S & L crisis of the early 90s. I experienced first hand the effect that gutting regulation had. I've also managed a large retail operation with over $40 million dollars in annual revenue and a staff of over 120 employees so I have had some experience with our free enterprise system. There is plenty of wealth in this country to fund current levels of Government spending if we are willing to cut waste fraud and abuse and create policies to keep health care and energy costs in line. I don't think government should take care of me, but I do think we have a responsibility to take care of each other. Our founders referred to this as "the common good".
North Georgia Weather June 08, 2011 at 09:22 AM
Brian, here's the problem with tax increases... it gives the politicians an excuse to not cut enough money from the budget, or spend it on something else we don't need. We have unsustainable programs that have to be fixed, and there are entire departments that need to go (Department of Education for one). You can't keep taxing people or businesses to solve your problems, that too is unsustainable. Our government has to be more responsible in managing our money, setting budget limits, and eliminating waste and duplication before they get any money at all.
Todd M June 08, 2011 at 01:42 PM
First, it is a fact that the section of our society that has the most expendable income is our Seniors. If you don't believe it, then you need to do some research. Second, nobody is talking about abandonment. Simply, if something isn't done, it will dissapear....period. It can't keep going on forever and ever massing huge deficits. A report came out yesterday that said that America has something like $500,000 in unfunded entitlements for every American household!! What cracks me up is when people who support these programs always pointing to helping the less fortunate, but their thinking is extremely limited, short-sighted and not well thought through. Break it down to a personal level for an example of how our government should act. As a person you are drawn to helping the "needy", and you begin to fill your day going around trying to help everyone in need. Pretty soon you realize that there are so many "Needs" that you are really not scratching the surface, and those you are trying to help you really are not helping that well because you have to spread yourself so thin. Ultimately you decide that in order to help anyone, you need to limit yourself to helping those who actually have the desire and ability to take your help and get back on their feet. You would love to help everyone, but it simply isn't possible, wise, or prudent considering your limited resources and time. If you took all the money from the top 5%, you still wouldn't have enough to cover our debt
Todd M June 08, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Sometimes a bleeding heart makes a very bad companion for a logical mind. We all hate to see the poor suffer, but reality tells us that resources are limited, and not every person who is poor is so because they are unfortunate. I love people who quote the "the rich sitting on piles of money while the poor can't afford gas, food..etc..). You don't even see the folly in what you are saying. You look at the wealthy and all you see are their "piles of cash". You do not see what they did to get there, the sacrifices they made/make, or the fact that people willingly gave them that money for the goods and services they offered in the free market. Do you really want to live in a society that decides how much money you should make, and how much is too much? How would a business even work in such an environment? Would any business choose to exist in America if that did happen? When the time arrives when those who have not, decide how much those who "have" should have, then freedom as we know it comes to an end. Not to mention that the approach of continual taxation to support the poor is like using leeches to cure illness. You can't bleed the disease out, you have to go to its root and fix the problem. The problem in America is entitlement. Real Entitlement is when a person believes that because they were born, they have "earned" a lifestyle. Until you fix that, you will never "help" anyone. Is a drug dealer "helping" someone by getting them addicted to a drug?
Dave Emanuel June 08, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Crawford- There's a difference between making a statement of fact and an accusation. If you'd like, I will post the original source of some of your posts. And as for accusing you of not having an original thought, I asked a question, I didn't make an accusation. We can go back and forth all day, but that's not going to do accomplish anything. How about simply answering questions that have been posed. From previous posts- 1-If you think Rob Woodall is doing a poor job, that's fine-- you're certainly entitled to your opinion. I'd just like you to state what he has done that you disagree with and what you think he should have done instead? 2-What do you think Mr. Woodall should do to improve economic conditions in the 7th District? 3- By "President Obama's Alternate budget" do you mean the one that was unanimously rejected by every senator who voted on it? I do owe you an apology-- you did make some excellent points in your most recent post (response to Sarah Roberts). I don't agree with everything you said (naturally) but I applaud you for making coherent, original statements.

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