Statements about Federal Budget

The federal debt is more than $14 trillion, "almost equal to the size of our entire economy," and "every child born today inherits a $45,000 share of the national debt before they take their first breath."

"For every 33 pregnant women that walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic, 32 receive an abortion."

General Electric "hasn't really created any jobs in this country, doesn't  pay any taxes, and they're making historic profits."

The federal government has "77 different means-tested social welfare programs."

The "House-passed budget proposal could cut funding for programs that help keep local neighborhoods safe, slash more than $1.7 million in anti-terror funds for Ohio."

Says none of the government programs targeted for elimination or severe cutback in House Republican spending plans "appeared on the GAO's list of government programs at high risk of waste, fraud and abuse."

"Due to a flaw in the 1995 Outer Continental Shelf Deep Water Royalty Relief Act numerous oil companies are now drilling in the Gulf of Mexico in federal lands and paying no royalties to the federal government."

"Lake Erie supports nearly 10 percent of Ohio's jobs and generates $750 million in state and local taxes."

"There are corporations in this nation, some of the biggest corporations in this nation, who do not pay taxes."

In slashing $1.7 billion from Social Security, "Rep. Jim Renacci may end up forcing the entire agency to ... shut down for a month, causing seniors to not get their benefits on time, halting claims processing, and forcing new retirees and disabled workers into a backlog."

Says signs posted at projects funded by the federal stimulus act has cost "20 or 40 million" dollars.

Since Sherrod Brown and the Democrats "rammed" the economic stimulus bill through, "Ohio's unemployment rate has risen to 9.6 percent, above the national average."

"One of the biggest causes of our soaring debt and economic insecurity ends up being Pentagon spending. The budget for the Pentagon consumes more than half of our discretionary spending."

"Our debt to GDP ratios, our deficit to GDP ratios are quickly approaching the countries we have been reading about for the last year and a half. We are not far behind Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain and all these countries we have been reading about."

"For [GM] to pay back everything it owes, it would have to sell its shares at $143 a share . . . where the highest value of a General Motors share ever was $43, $44, $46, whatever the dollars were . . ."

"Our spending has caught up with us, and our debt soon will eclipse the entire size of our national economy."

"Understand, this is unemployment insurance. It’s not welfare, as a lot of my Republican colleagues like to suggest it is. You pay into it when you’re working. You get help when you’re not."

"Demand for transportation choice is on the rise, with 14 percent more Ohioans riding passenger trains over the past year."

"It’s gotten to a point where the average federal worker makes twice as much as the average private sector worker."

"Congressman Ryan has secured a grand total of $116,838,763 to date (for the Mahoning Valley) and has an additional $27,095,000 pending in FY2010 spending bills."

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