Cutting Government Waste Important to Registered Voters
|August 23, 2002||Posted by Staff under Archive, Progress Report, The Progress Report|
New Opinion Survey Results
Taxpayers for Common Sense is the best organization that monitors excessive government spending, corruption and corporate welfare. Here is their latest news update.
Cutting Government Waste Important to Registered Voters Most registered voters consider a Member of Congresss voting record on cutting government waste important, according to new opinion survey.
The new survey by ICR Research found that 87% of registered voters consider a voting record on cutting government waste important in deciding whether or not to reelect their Member of Congress.
The survey demonstrates that it is politically smart for politicians to stand up for taxpayers over special interests. Even with projected record surpluses, voters want their Members of Congress to do their utmost to cut or reduce wasteful spending.
Yet many in Congress still ignore the public interest in cutting wasteful spending and promoting fiscal responsibility, according to a recent report on Congressional voting records. The Common Sense Taxpayer Scorecard found that pork barrel spending lures many Members of Congress to waste the taxpayer’s money on low-priority programs and fiscally reckless policies.
Yet, the Scorecard found that some Members of Congress resisted this terrible temptation to fritter away American tax dollars. These representatives and senators recognize that taxpayers want wasteful spending cut and the $5 trillion national debt reduced.
The Scorecard scrutinized 53 key House votes and 40 key Senate votes from the first session of the 106th Congress aimed at promoting sound fiscal policy, and cutting wasteful government spending and subsidies.
The votes cover a broad variety of categories, including agriculture, budget, corporate welfare, emergency spending, international affairs, military, public lands, public works, science and social programs.
Members of Congress voted in 1999 to spend billions on risky loans, monster spending bills, and wasteful spending at the Pentagon.
In both chambers, Democrats scored higher than Republicans — by 47 percent to 35 percent in the House and by 42% to 31% in the Senate. Both Independent members of the House were Taxpayer Heroes – Rep. Bernard Sanders and Rep. Virgil Goode.
Both the Democratic and Republican conventions were saturated with rhetoric about fiscal discipline and how frugal party politicians are with our money.
However, Congress still continues to vote for too much waste and isnt responsible enough with the peoples money. Taxpayers need more leaders in Congress willing to stand up for cutting wasteful spending and promoting fiscal responsibility.
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