Statements about Federal Budget

"Federal government reneging" on Medicaid payments to Wisconsin caused about $240 million in extra costs in the 2013-’15 state budget.

"The average rate of fraud" in the Earned Income Tax Credit, Medicare, Medicaid and food stamps programs "is 20 to 25 percent."  

Members of the military don’t "contribute toward their pension."

"The national debt is on track to double during Obama’s presidency."  

Common Core "is not from the federal government," they "do not have their fingerprints on this thing at all."

"The amount of interest" paid on the federal debt exceeds "total tax revenue."

"Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. health care spending grew at 3.9 percent for the last three years, the lowest growth rate in over 50 years."  

Says President Franklin Delano Roosevelt "felt there wasn’t a need in the public sector to have collective bargaining because the government is the people."

A Republican housing finance reform bill "would eliminate a person’s ability to obtain 15- and 30-year mortgages."

Wisconsin is "not walking away from a dime" in federal funds by rejecting the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.

A Wisconsin bill to limit use of food stamps for junk food would also "prevent -- or limit --  the extent to which" food stamps could be used for organic foods.

"75 percent of the (air traffic control) towers the Obama Administration is closing are located in Republican Congressional Districts."

The United States spends "$2.2 billion on free cell phones, $27 million on Moroccan pottery classes" and pays for "the travel expenses for the watermelon queen in Alabama."    

The fiscal cliff agreement was "the largest tax increase in history."  

"Nobody in total is proposing cutting anything. We’re trying to reduce the rate of growth in government."

On his definition of "takers" and "makers"

"Thanks to Washington, nearly everyone will pay more in taxes in 2013. Somehow people think it's just the wealthy. It's not."

"Over $1 trillion" was spent on anti-poverty programs in 2011, enough to "give every single poor American a check for $22,000."

"If lawmakers fail to avert the fiscal cliff, 18 percent of the federal money that is sent to the states will be eliminated."

Says Gov. Scott Walker has "led people to believe that if Wisconsin doesn’t implement a (health-care) exchange, Obamacare doesn’t happen here."  

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