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Ryan failed to control spending -- Dale Goytowski

April 23, 2018

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan took office in 1999 when the national debt was $5.6 trillion. During the time Ryan, R-Janesville, has been in office, the national debt has ballooned to over $21 trillion.

House Speaker Ryan claims to be a fiscal conservative, but he has a long history of supporting borrow-and-spend policies. He supported President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and spending increases that eliminated an annual budget surplus and almost doubled the national debt by the end of Bush’s second term.

Ryan was also one of the main drivers behind the recent Trump tax cuts and the 2018 omnibus appropriations act. These two bills totally disregard the country’s unstable fiscal path and have resulted in projected deficits of over $1 trillion a year going forward.

What happened to fiscal conservatism? Why are we running up the national debt and passing it on to our children and grandchildren? It’s good to see Ryan is stepping down and will no longer be in a position to continue his borrow-and-spend legacy.

The voters need to address the debt crisis before it’s too late. We need to replace the current borrow-and-spend politicians with representatives who are fiscally responsible.

Dale Goytowski, Waunakee