Our national debt has now reached an astounding, humanly incomprehensible level of more than $18 trillion dollars.
Several other countries and even several cities in the U.S. have recently been forced to reduce or cut the pensions that have been promised to government employees or individual citizens.
Many of my constituents who are counting on social security or government or military pensions in the years ahead are demanding much more fiscal conservatism from government officials.
The easiest thing in the world is to spend other people’s money. Almost every city or state that has had liberal or left-wing leadership for most of the last 40 or 50 years is in financial trouble. People all over the country are moving from the high tax states to the low tax states.
Almost all interest groups and federal agencies greatly exaggerate the problems with which they are dealing so they can get more money and power.
Today, huge amounts of federal money are going not only to federal employees and contractors, but also to state and local governments, doctors, hospitals, universities and their students, National Guard and reserve units, schools, farmers, and on and on.
We are now borrowing around half of every dollar the federal government spends.
The only fair way to actually cut federal spending would be to do across-the-board cuts with the same percentage for everyone.
Since this will not be done unless the Congress becomes much more fiscally-conservative, most people think we are headed very quickly toward the same financial problems as Greece, only on a much larger scale.
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On Friday, I voted against the omnibus appropriations bill for many reasons.
Among them, I think it is ridiculous to increase federal spending when Our Nation has just exceeded 20 trillion dollars in debt.
However, there has been some false publicity that Members of Congress would receive pay raises in the omnibus bill.
In fact, there was a specific provision in the omnibus to keep Members of Congress from receiving any raises.
Members of Congress have not received pay raises for 9 years.
A couple of months ago, in interviews both by National Public Radio and CBS News, I described the air marshal program as possibly the most needless, useless, wasteful program in the entire Federal Government. Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles Times published an editorial entitled ``It's Time to Ground America's Air Marshals'' and said, ``Duncan has a point.''
(WASHINGTON) U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Friday in response to his opposition to the $1.1 trillion omnibus bill that funds the government through September 2016:
"This bill increases spending when we are already $19 trillion in debt; it increases immigration against the wishes of most of our citizens; and it increases federal ownership of land when government at all levels already owns far too much.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement Wednesday regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015:
Of course in a bill this big, there are some things that I like. But I could not support a bill in the end that increases spending by many, many billions of dollars over the next two years and does nothing to reduce our horrendous debt of more than $18 trillion.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) re-introduced legislation This week that would allow the private sector to more easily compete for government jobs.
The Freedom from Government Competition Act requires a “Yellow Pages” test for every commercial activity undertaken by the federal government.
This test simply states that if there are private businesses listed in the Yellow Pages that provide services that the government is also providing, then the service should be subject to competition.