Here is the information gathered at the 4/5 meeting. Our position is underlined.
Debt ceiling – On the morning of 4/5, the national debt was $14.274 trillion. There is a debt ceiling vote coming up in Congress. We do NOT support a debt ceiling increase.
Government shutdown – Eric Cantor leads the charge on FY2010 budget cuts. These budget cuts (or lack of cuts) are worth shutting the government down, and we will continue to stand on the principle of cutting spending and shrinking gov’t. The Republicans campaigned hard on $100 billion cuts from FY2010 Budget. They are offering $66 billion (2% of the year’s budget). Obama rejected it on April 4th. The Dem’s will agree to $31 billion (>1%). Michele Bachman found $105 billion in cuts within Obamacare alone. We don’t agree with a compromise down from $100 billion, and we are not happy about only cutting $66 billion (They say it was spent in other ways.) We feel that anything less does not fulfill their campaign promises.
Paul Ryan’s proposal $6.2 Trillion in cuts over 10 years is not enough. $6.2 trillion divided by approx. $40 trillion 10-yr budget equal15.5% of the total 10-yr budget.
Ryan’s proposal includes 10% federal employee reduction through attrition (not layoffs). A provision is included so that Social Security payments still go out. GDP vs. Federal budget will reach 100% 2022 and 200% at 2033-40. This projected spending path is unsustainable and unacceptable.
Federal gun control end run – Obama and NYC Mayor Bloomberg calling for executive action on gun control in the name of public safety. We do not agree with their positions. We agree there is some acceptable, inherent risk in a free society that allows “easy” and legal access to handguns. The Second Amendment simply reads “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Our rights shall not be infringed in the nanny-state’s name of “safety.”
NC easing gun laws – NC lawmakers want to ease the carry restrictions for NC citizens. Currently, the list of where you can carry is shorter than the list where you can’t carry. We fully approve of these changes.
voter ID – NC lawmakers rejected the Mexican Matricula Cards as NC ID. We are grateful. State (not national) picture ID is a common-sense remedy to maintaining election integrity.
Two Americans were executed at the Tijuana, Mexico, border crossing 4/4 . This incident and the thousands of other murders along our borders are seen as acts of war. We are outraged!
“War” in Libya – We should not be there
Obamacare – This issue is still worth fighting against in NC and in DC. Many of our lawmakers are working to thwart this legislation. We support their continued efforts to stop Obamacare.
We are also demand an Audit of the Federal Reserve, and many call for its abolishment.
Congress must pass a Balanced Budget Amendment.