Heather Beaven for Congress

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

It’s Just a Dream Unless You Pay For It: Patriotism means addressing our tax structure, our debt and our deficit.

My husband and I are not wealthy, in fact we’re not even well off. It’s Just a Dream Unless You Pay For It: Patriotism means addressing our tax structure, our debt and our deficit. We pay our bills every month with very little left. With Douglas now preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan and losing his civilian pay check, we are preparing to live on a reduced income. But we aren’t special, we’re just doing what everyone else is doing – except the Federal government.

In Congress I will be a loud, outspoken and down-right aggravating advocate for fiscal responsibility in the US House. I pledge to you that EVERY ONE of my votes will be determined by the following calculation: is it necessary to make America better + how is it paid for + can we afford it. It may not make me popular the most popular person in class but if you have to have those conversations in your house, then the People’s House can have them too.

When the answer is no – no we can’t afford it – I will stand on the side of doing without. In fact, I see every dime unnecessarily spent as a direct threat to our families. As long as we are living under a crush of debt, America is in a debtors prison. And, while I serve in Congress, I will fight to regain America’s economic freedom. That’s why I’ll challenge every budget vote demanding that we are doing everything we can to protect America’s economic independence.

Work Until America is out of debt (including war debt) and working Americans are able to pay for their piece of the American Dream, I will not support a continued tax slush fund for the uber-wealthy at the cost of the rest of us. When we are behind on our bills at home, we don’t spend more and we don’t reduce our income. We do without. We get a second job. Because anything else puts our family at risk. Congress should do the same by calling for economic patriotism in our tax code and making tough decisions on cuts. Because anything else puts America at risk.

Copyright Heather Beaven for Congress 2012. All rights reserved.

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