WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) issued a statement in support of former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s emphasis on the importance of spending cuts during last night’s presidential debate. In his opening remarks, Gov. Romney stressed that he finds it “frankly, not moral for [his] generation to keep spending massively more than [it] takes in, knowing that these burdens are going to be passed on to the next generation.” He stated that, while there are multiple ways to reduce the deficit, including tax hikes, “The problem with raising taxes is that it slows down the rate of growth and you never quite get the job done. I want to lower spending and encourage economic growth at the same time.”
CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, “To his credit, Gov. Romney has been consistent on the moral imperative of not burdening our children and grandchildren with a massive debt throughout his campaign. To stem the tidal wave of government spending, he has promoted spending cuts in many of the ways listed in Citizens Against Government Waste’s Prime Cuts, including reducing improper payments, repealing the Davis-Bacon Act, cutting the federal workforce, privatizing Amtrak, and repealing Obamacare.
“More importantly, he is the only candidate to mention the Government Accountability Office’s February 2012 report, ‘Opportunities to Reduce Duplication, Overlap and Fragmentation, Achieve Savings, and Enhance Revenue,’ which found gross inefficiencies in the federal government, including 53 programs across four departments that focus on supporting entrepreneurs; 50 programs across 20 federal agencies promoting financial literacy; and 14 programs across three departments for the administration of grants and loans to reduce diesel emissions.
“The debate clearly showed the differences between the candidates. President Obama managed to speak volumes by not once uttering ‘wasteful spending’ or ‘cut spending’ during last night’s debate. Further, the President has done nothing to promote the GAO report, which reveals a great deal about his priorities and his almost delusional attachment to the false notion that everything the government does is an essential service. Governor Romney, on the other hand, has made it clear that he believes what the American people know to be true: government has grown like a weed over the last four years and must be cut back. On behalf of the taxpayers who have financed this rapid escalation, we commend him,” Schatz concluded.
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.
Leslie K. Paige, 202-467-5334
Luke Gelber, 202-467-5318
Source: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste