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"In 1950, the average American lived for 68 years and 16 workers supported one retiree. Today, the average life expectancy is 78 and three workers support one retiree."
Says he "cut taxes by more than $600 million" when he was governor.
"The national debt is equal to $48,700 for every American or $128,300 for every U.S. household. It is now equivalent to the size of our entire economy."
"Chesterfield has eliminated more positions from its general government operations than the Commonwealth has from the entire state government since (fiscal) 2009."
Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget plan takes "money out of our classrooms to pave roads."
Says he’s proposed "the largest employer contribution to the Virginia Retirement System in history."
Small businesses "create 70 percent of the jobs in America."
"I was one of about a dozen (senators) who voted against the Bridge to Nowhere."
The national debt increased $16,000 every second George Allen served in the U.S. Senate.
The United States "is number one in the world in energy resources; Russia is number two."
The U.S. would gain revenue by cutting personal income tax rates in half and ending tax breaks.
"(Stimulus money) went to critically important projects like studying ants in Africa."
"Ronald Reagan raised the national debt 18 times."
Says his proposed payroll tax cut "will mean an extra $1,500 in your pocket compared to if we do nothing."
"The estimated savings of this (debt ceiling) deal only pay for half of the cost of extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts for another decade."
Ninety percent of the job growth in Virginia has been in the private sector.
Virginia spends $400,000 on abstinence programs while losing $2.5 million in federal funds due to Gov. Bob McDonnell’s "political agenda."
"We are number one in the world when it comes to energy resources. ... The Russians are second; Saudi Arabia is number three."
"If you look at the benefits and wages of recorded federal employees, they far outstrip the market rates of the private sector."
For more than 30 years after World War II, there was a steady reduction in U.S. debt as a percentage of gross domestic product.
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