State GOP Chair to President Obama: “it doesn’t appear as if you listened”

By Allen Alley

Dear President Obama:

We welcome you to Oregon. We’re grateful you’re coming here to highlight Intel, one of the bright economic stars in our state.

While you’re here, we hope you’ll speak to the question that’s on most everyone’s mind: Did you listen? Are you serious about reforming the federal budget?

At Intel, you’ll likely be standing next to Gov. John Kitzhaber, who very recently released a budget for Oregon that for the first time in many years bases state spending on existing taxes and fees, not some mythical “current service level.” The governor’s budget has raised the ire of many in his own party and in state government, but it’s a good first step. We in Oregon now need to work to deliver improved government services for lower cost and roll back the 50 percent increase in state spending we’ve experienced in the last four years.

Mr. President, when we look at your budget proposal, we don’t see the same restraint. Put simply, the budget you released was not what the American people voted for in the historic 2010 election, which resulted in the biggest mathematical change in the makeup of the U.S. House since 1938.

Mr. President, it doesn’t appear as if you listened.

Here’s what the American people said in the 2010 election:

They said “stop the spending.” But your budget plans for $3.8 trillion in federal spending, which represents more than 25 percent of all of the goods and services produced in our nation. That’s the highest figure since World War II, and more than 5 percentage points higher than when Bill Clinton was in office.

I couldn’t help notice that with your proposed budget, federal tax receipts are forecast to rise 65 percent over the next three years. The shocking thing is that even if spending was to be held flat from 2012 until 2015, your budget would still run a deficit. Until we get focused on creating an environment conducive to private-sector career creation, we simply cannot grow our way out of this.

Voters said they don’t want higher taxes. But according to Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, your budget has $1.6 trillion in new taxes. How can we be proposing significant tax increases when the American economy hasn’t grown in real terms in more than three years?

The American people said they wanted less debt. The current national debt of $14 trillion already represents more than $100,000 of debt for every single U.S. taxpayer. But your budget calls for a $1.6 trillion deficit in 2012, an additional $11,500 for each of us. This is on top of trillion-dollar-plus deficits in each of your first two years. You’re proposing that we continue to borrow 40 cents of every dollar that the federal government spends. This debt threatens our economy, our jobs and our financial viability as a nation.

I remember a generation ago, when the nation’s editorial writers went crazy when President Ronald Reagan ran deficits less than half this size to pay for his arms build-up to win the Cold War. But back then we got something for our money. Winning the Cold War was a tangible achievement.

What have we accomplished today with all this debt? We’ve simply made America less competitive in the global marketplace, and we’ve put off the day of reckoning, which will be even more severe tomorrow than it is today.

In my high-tech company, we had to adapt to the intense competitive pressure that emerged in the last decade from Asia. It was a matter of survival: adapt or die.

The fast pace of global competitiveness also requires our government to adapt. It’s possible to deliver better service at lower cost. Global American businesses like Intel are doing it every day. We must apply the same American ingenuity, creativeness and competitiveness to reform government.

Mr. President, we cannot procrastinate, because China, India, Brazil and the rest of the world are not waiting for us.

Allen Alley is chairman of the Oregon Republican Party and founder of Pixelworks.

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  • Rob DeHarpport

    Allen,
    Great message to the President- too bad it will fall on deaf ears. Once our President is placing politics ahead of of common sense governance. I believe that he is so grounded in his Keynesian/economic beliefs that he truly believes that more government is the answer. His take on the Wisconsin Union situation says it all….

  • Amd

    Oregon has nothing to do with Intel. They are based in CA and only ended up here by accident. You will note that more often than not they build newer facilities somewhere else.

    • Pacific Patriot

      Ahh, “Amd”…that explains your bias. You should study up on your history of Intel. Rather than give you facts (which are apparently stubborn things), I will leave you to do your homework. Don’t you wish AMD had 16,000 employees in the State of Oregon?

    • Demosthenes

      Yes, because Oregon is untenable at this time. Maybe if we put Larry George in as Governor, we’ll finally get someone who brings business back to Oregon, instead of Kitzhaber’s plan, which is to chase it away with a broomstick that’s been recently removed from his posterior.

  • Pacific Patriot

    Thanks Allen! No common sense American, after digesting the numbers, would want the current Obama trend to continue. BTW: Prominent Democrats in Oregon are listening. Let’s see if they care enough to act.

  • WU is a fruitcake!

    He didn’t listen and the Dems will pay next election for their continued ignorance and arrogance. Now if the Wisconsin GOP can stand strong against the public employee unions then hopefully that will be the beginning of the end of the public unions control of state governments.

  • OregonNative

    Alan,
    I know you have to be nice, but Oregon’s proposed budget is atrocious. What is being done about Measures 67 & 68. I bet Intel does not pay any of those taxes ?

  • Brodhead For Congress

    Obama is the frontman for the destruction of the republic. Interest on the debt is set to quadruple from $485 billion. SS will double without COLAs. Medicare and Medicaid will quadruple. Meanwhile, hard revenue stagnates at approxiamtely $2.2 trillion , and we are losing hundreds of thousands of jobs to offshoring. Then , lets go ahead and add 19,000 baby boomers a day retiring for full ride entitlements, shall we….One more stock market crash, and 80 million folks will live off of what a 160 million labor force can provide. All on a service based economy selling Chinese retail goods….

    Its all unsustainable. Both the Republicans and the Democrats of the 111th, and 112th Congresses are the greatest threat to our National security and economic well being since the War of 1812.

    Of course, the NRCC and the entrenched republicans will simply recruit and fund the candidates of their choosing in order to maintain the downward spiral of a our republic. There is no political will or sense of urgency, only quantitative easing, massive deficits, perpetual war, and the collapse of the bond market and stock market.

    We are basically in the same scenario as circa 1925 Weimar Republic Germany.

    Our current president is as impotent and economically challenged as Hindenburg was.

    Of course, you all think I am nuts, so, lets just wait 5 years and see ?????

    • valley person

      So if the debt is a big problem why do Republicans oppose tax increases?

      • Stephan

        Republicans call themselves conservative while spending $233 billion a year on perpetual war. When Bill Clinton was in office, the military budget was $300 billion. Under George Bush the military grew by 2 and 1/2 times. He took our 4th amendment rights and opened the door to socialism. Republicans think that it is more important to be in Afghanistan chasing Taliban across fields of poppy than curbing the deficits. Neither Republicans or democrats are serious about fixing $1.65 trillion deficits. They will simply watch as the national debt balloons and the dollar collapses.

        • valley person

          We agree. Republicans are as addicted to deficit spending as democrats. That is why this sturm and drang over the deficit is amusing. Its as if people take themselves seriously.

      • Stephan

        Republicans call themselves conservative while spending $233 billion a year on perpetual war. When Bill Clinton was in office, the military budget was $300 billion. Under George Bush the military grew by 2 and 1/2 times. He took our 4th amendment rights and opened the door to socialism. Republicans think that it is more important to be in Afghanistan chasing Taliban across fields of poppy than curbing the deficits. Neither Republicans or democrats are serious about fixing $1.65 trillion deficits. They will simply watch as the national debt balloons and the dollar collapses.

      • On Wisconsin

        Govermentium budget growth should be stopped in its tracks, that includes the ‘automatics’ like the three percent on property tax.

        Really, increasing taxes to compensate does little to curb the voracious appetite.

      • On Wisconsin

        Govermentium budget growth should be stopped in its tracks, that includes the ‘automatics’ like the three percent on property tax.

        Really, increasing taxes to compensate does little to curb the voracious appetite.

    • valley person

      So if the debt is a big problem why do Republicans oppose tax increases?

  • Brodhead

    Its seems the Oregon Republican party is inundated with status quo RINOS that arent interested in reducing government.

    https://netrightdaily.com/2011/02/the-names-of-the-92-house-republicans-that-votes-against-cutting-government-spending/

    http://www.BrodheadForCongress.com

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