A letter from Senator Ridgeway

Dear friend,

The government can’t get out of debt by getting into more debt.  But the tax and spend liberals don’t understand this.

Sadly, the same type of politicians who are spending us into financial oblivion with risky stimulus spending and bailout schemes are also busy at work in our state capitol.

The spendourway to prosperity policies that are being put forward by federal bureaucrats and congressional liberals are completely wrongheaded.  You know it and I know it, but we’ve got to spread the message before it’s too late.

There’s a battle raging in Jefferson City right now and if we don’t stand up for what is right then our children and grandchildren will be the ones left paying the bill.  But maybe that’s what big government liberals want?  After all, our Governor, Jay Nixon, recently proclaimed this on C-Span:

“If there’s debt, Missouri kids and grandkids          will pay that debt off.”

Unbelievable!!

You know what the big picture is:  tax-and-spend politicians are trying to drown our economy in debt and conservatives have to stop them if we have any hope for future prosperity.

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But I want to talk about some of the specific proposals that Missouri liberals want to use from Obama’s “stimulus” program.  They want to use this one-time money to pump up long term welfare programs.  Programs like:

** Expanding Welfare with one-time stimulus money

** Radically expanding the size of state government

** Long-term extended unemployment benefits

What happens when the pork-u-lus pump runs dry?  These programs do not stop when the money runs out.  We all know how hard it is to get dependents off the government dole once they’ve been “in the system.”

Any accountant would tell the governor you shouldn’t take on long term debt just because you have some extra short-term money.  So what will all these welfare expansions inevitably lead to?

HIGHER TAXES!!!

There’s really no other way.  I can tell you that these welfare programs and government expansions will inevitably lead to higher taxes after the federal government pulls the plug on the pork-u-lus money.

Here we are, seeing nothing but failure from Washington’s record-shattering spending and now the governor wants to spend like this in Missouri.

The D.C. politicians might like that, but in Missouri we understand that spending more than you have is a bad idea.

Our nation is facing unprecedented deficits — deficits even greater than we ran during World War II.  Now the federal government is starting to print Trillions of dollars to help fund their spending spree.

Yes, that’s Trillion.  With a capital T!

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LBJ tried to print enough money to cover his so called “Great Society” welfare programs and ran up the national deficit in the 60s.  Apparently the federal government didn’t learn anything from that lesson, because they’re going down the same path.

Well, I say, “Not in Missouri!”

We need to get the message out that common sense fiscal policy is the answer to our economy’s problems – not greater debt.  I’ve been working hard to spread the message in Jefferson City, but I need your help to show how many Missourians are against thisstimulusnonsense.

What really has me concerned is that many Republicans are feeling pressure from the liberal media and their Jefferson City allies to cave in to these welfare-expanding policies.

You would expect liberals to be all for bigger government, but Republicans too!?

We have to make sure that conservatives don’t go weak in the knees on these D.C.inspired spending sprees.

That’s why I’ve included a petition against this fiscally irresponsible approach to the stimulus.  I want to show my fellow senators, especially in my own party, that Missourians are against this wasteful and misguided spending.

I want to gather as many signatures as possible before next session to show my colleagues that people are against these irresponsible policies!

I also want to ask you to consider contributing so I can spread the message about the big-spending liberals’ wrongheaded plans beyond Clay County.

Remember, if we don’t stand up to the taxandspend liberals now, we’ll be paying for these programs forever.

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If you’re as fed up with these trillion dollar deficits and entitlement programs as I am, sign my petition and send a message to the governor:  no more taxes and no more wasteful spending!

To help me spread the message across the state, I’m asking you to send $100 to be a “Stimulus” Buster.  This contribution will help me show my colleagues how much opposition there is to this unprecedented government expansion.

If you can’t give $100, you can join this movement as a “Stimulus” Critic for $75, or for $50 you can join as a   “Stimulus” Skeptic.

The amount isn’t as important as showing support for common sense fiscal policy.  If we don’t stand up for what is right today, we’ll be paying for what is wrong forever.

Sincerely,

Sen. Luann Ridgeway

P.S.  Sign the anti-stimulus and wasteful spending petition enclosed so we can tell the big-government liberals we’ve had enough of these spend-our-way to prosperity policies.

P.P.S. By sending your $100 contribution today and becoming aStimulusBuster, we’ll spread the message of common sense fiscal policy across Missouri.

If you can’t give $100, you could be a “Stimulus” Critic for $75 or a “Stimulus” Skeptic for $50.

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