Washington spending is out of control and bankrupting our country. The federal government needs to quit trying to fix everything with a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach and instead shift power back to state and local governments. Right now, the federal government is too big and spends too much. I have re-introduced the “Golden Fleece” award to expose the most outrageous wasteful government spending in Washington.

To get our spending under control, we must reform mandatory spending programs, cut low-priority spending, and stop performing functions best left to state and local governments or the private sector.  We need a cultural change in which the federal government is a smaller, more efficient, effective, and a much less expensive and intrusive part of Americans’ lives. Getting collective action by a majority of Congress and the President is difficult. With two-thirds of all federal spending mandatory and not subject to the Congressional appropriations process, citizens need to be educated on this critically important goal.

While in Congress, I have co-sponsored two versions of balanced budget amendments to the U.S. Constitution to bring our spending in line. We must take the necessary steps to ensure that all taxpayer dollars are being used wisely, and we can no longer kick the can down the road on mandatory spending. Our children and grandchildren depend on us to solve our debt problem and give them a brighter future.