Friday, June 3, 2011

Congressman Griffith’s weekly column and debt limit update

9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith

Debt Limit Update


This week, the U.S. House of Representatives spoke loud and clear; a straight $2.4 trillion increase on our national debt limit is a non-starter. Why? Because simply using the national credit card is the same old irresponsible practice that got us in this mess in the first place. I voted against the increase because, as I have said before, absent significant cuts and a systemic change in the way Washington spends, I will not support an increase.

After meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday, it’s clear that there is real concern about the significant impact of our debt burden on job creation and economic recovery. Regretfully, my colleagues across the aisle have yet to put forth a viable plan laying out a detailed solution. To tackle our debt we need real and deep cuts and budget reforms that set us on the path of fiscal responsibility. The United States is borrowing roughly 40 cents of every dollar we spend. Families and businesses can’t do that, and the federal government can’t continue doing it without wrecking our economy. This level of debt is unsustainable. It appears that some in Congress and the Administration don’t want to face this reality. The federal government must go on a lite money diet or it will eat the American middle class out of house and home.

Reminder: 9th District Military Service Academy Days

Any high school student interested in attending our nation’s military service academies is invited to attend one of these events. Students will have the opportunity to meet with officials from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as well as representatives from university level ROTC programs.

Saturday, June 11th 2011

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

New River Community College

Rooker Hall

5251 College Dr.

Dublin, VA 24080

Saturday, June 25th 2011

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

Executive Auditorium

One Partnership Circle

Posted By Valerie Garner

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Comments (2)


June 3rd, 2011 at 7:30 PM    

My representative needs to think outside the party-line box. Perhaps, he should be a leader and work across the aisle. Perhaps he should get with his legislative brother, Mark Warner, and work on a bipartisan plan. Instead of re-identifying the problem again and again, perhaps he should be a part of the solution.

Another issue I have with his statement is that he seems to discount the affect that government related workers have on the economy. Not all families are “business” related families. America has a web of government workers dispersed over many, many professional fields. If my congressman goes about eliminating funding for those type of jobs or the benefits for that type of people, the economy and businesses in our country will be drastically affected.

My congressman needs to be careful and prudent as he works with legislators on all sides of the aisle to solve our country’s fiscal problems.

Mark McClain

June 4th, 2011 at 5:00 AM    

Morgan is right when he says “Regretfully, my colleagues across the aisle have yet to put forth a viable plan laying out a detailed solution.” What he doesn’t say is that his colleagues on his side of the aisle haven’t done that, either. By definition, a “viable” plan is one that will solve the deficit problem and be able to survive the scrutiny of both houses of Congress and the president.

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