Failure is not an option
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
I would like to thank you for the July 13th editorial, “Congress unwilling to address federal spending.” It accurately points out the dangerous fiscal path down which our country is headed.
As the editorial notes, within 10 years the federal government will annually spend more on interest on the debt than on national defense. That is frightening.
I have done everything in my power to prevent our country from going over the fiscal cliff. Over the past 14 years, I am the only member of Congress to vote against every bloated budget. But as political leaders in Washington on both sides of the aisle increasingly throw fiscal responsibility to the wind, I fear I’ve become a lonely voice in the wilderness.
It’s easy to get discouraged, but we cannot give up. This past week, I agreed to work with Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and other members of Congress to initiate new legislative action to get America’s finances back on track. Failure is not an option. As history has shown repeatedly, a country that struggles to pay its bills will also struggle to retain its greatness.
Walter B. Jones
Note: The author is represents District 3 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The editorial he referred to was written by the Orange County, Califonria, Register and distributed by the Associated Press.