We didn't get here by accident. Congress is controlled by the wealthy and the elite, by Wall Street bankers and billionaires, who have rigged the system against working families to protect their own bottom line.
Many, especially those on Wall Street, want to blame me and millions like me who lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis. But the truth is that this wasn't a case of a handful of Americans making bad financial decisions. It was widespread fraud by large banks and Wall Street bankers looking to turn a quick profit at the expense of people's financial security and well-being. Worst still, after the economic collapse, the same elite that ruined so many lives and so many dreams demanded that the American people bail them out.
"As I look at what goes on in Washington, D.C., that is a component that is largely absent," Beers said. The councilman says he believes the government can borrow during tough economic times but it must pay it back. "So for 80 years, we've spent more than we've taken in and I believe that injures us and it will definitely injure our children and it will really injure our grandchildren," Beers said.
He said local and state government are restrained from wild spending but the federal government doesn't have the same restraint. "It's just common sense. You can't do this," Beers said.
That evening, I asked the Nevada family to embrace a fundamental course correction--to leave behind the limits of the past and consider the case of our state's future anew. The challenges of the moment were too complex to resort to tired partisanship. Rather, they demanded that we resolve to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century. And we rose to the occasion.
In the final days of the 76th Legislative Session, we were able to work together to craft a bipartisan compromise that led to a balanced budget & a transformed economic development effort.
Two years ago, I stood before you in this chamber and declared that we would have to cut funding for many programs even though the state’s revenues were growing. We had to change the way Nevada did business, and change we did. I directed the most comprehensive review of Nevada state government in our history, and we identified numerous ways we could cut costs and become more efficient and responsive in delivering services to our citizens.
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