Howie: Strongly Agree.
Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.
Howie: Government spending, debt and growth. Our economic survival as a nation depends on fiscal responsibility.
On potential tax increases, Independent Gordon Howie said, "We've had enough. It's not a problem that we are taxed too little. The problem is we have a bloated government and we need to rein it in."
On overcoming the current do-nothing Congress, Republican Mike Rounds said, "They don't want folks to come on in and promise everything and then turn around and borrow it from the next generation."
Independent Gordon Howie says Congress must get the federal budget in line. "We can cut our spending, we can reduce our debt and we can stop government growth."
Over $ 17 1/2 TRILLION dollar national debt. Establishment, career politicians of both parties recently removed the limits on the debt ceiling.
Nearly $130 TRILLION dollars in unfunded liabilities. Budget busting Republicans and Democrats claim their brand of "common sense" can fix it.
Our government continues to spend about a TRILLION dollars more than existing revenue each year. Only a handful of Representatives and Senators are fighting against this out of control spending.
The only way out of this mess is to return to principles of fiscal sanity: CUT spending, REDUCE taxes and STOP government growth.
Our current year's budget is running better than we projected, providing funds for one-time projects in FY13. As other states are looking where to cut, we can look where shall we spend these dollars. I believe that good stewardship would employ one-time funds to improve our structural soundness by eliminating a liability, building or improving an asset, or endowing a program for the future. Over the past two years, our state agencies have undertaken dozens of projects and initiatives to "reinforce the floor" of state government and to be good stewards of our tax dollars.
I intend to be South Dakota's #1 salesman. Often, a governor is called upon to be a "deal-closer," and that is an important role. I will also be a "door-opener," and I will use my office to seek out new opportunities for our state. Our economic development efforts will use a three-pronged approach: invite, increase, and innovate.
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