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Scott Kleeb on Budget & Economy

Democratic Challenger


Bush & Johanns created current failed policies

Kleeb frequently tried to link Johanns to failed policies in Washington and Lincoln. Kleeb said the only way to change the status quo was to elect new candidates like him. "The greatest risk we have is that nothing will change," said Kleeb, who blamed the nation's budget deficit, energy troubles and economic woes on the Bush administration, which once included Johanns.
Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Omaha World-Herald Sep 16, 2008

Return to pay-as-you-go spending

The state of the nation's economy was an issue. "We need to return to pay-as-you-go spending. Which means what we do in our family budgets everyday and that means not spend more money than we have," Kleeb said.

"Grow the economy, pull back on spending and good things are going to happen," Johanns said. "And if you sustain that over a period of time you will not only balance the budget but just as I did as mayor you can actually start to rebuild that."

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Lincoln News Aug 24, 2008

End pork-barrel spending

Because of unbridled spending, every child born in America today is already saddled with $30,000 of debt. We cannot continue to mortgage our nation's future and pass off trillions of dollars in debt to our children & grandchildren. Scott Kleeb, a fiscal conservative, believes it is a moral imperative for Washington to stop unchecked deficit spending.
Source: Campaign booklet, Nebraska's Brand of Change, p. 4 Aug 19, 2008

Return to pay-as-you-go budgeting rules

It is the responsibility of every policymaker to live within a responsible budget as that remains critical to securing our economic future. The cost of our federal debt is one of the fastest growing costs to American taxpayers and increasingly threatens many investments in our nation's future growth. To ensure our government respects fiscal responsibility, we must re-instate PAYGO Rules whereby any new commitments or tax changes are offset with cuts to other programs or new revenues.
Source: Campaign website, www.ScottKleeb.com May 14, 2008

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