I’ve spent forty years in the private sector helping companies, large and small, grow their businesses and create jobs. I had never run for office, but I was compelled to get involved and do all I can to change the direction of our country.
America faces a moment of crisis. Some say our nation’s best days are behind us, but I know if we rise to the challenges of the day we can usher in a new era of American prosperity and solve the problems career politicians created.
The National Debt
We have a crushing $21 trillion national debt that is growing larger every day. That’s over $148,000 for every American household. If the debt wasn’t enough, we have an additional $100 trillion in future unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicaid, and federal employee benefits and pensions. Yes, $100 trillion! That’s a $1 million credit bill for every household in America – about 20 times the average household income. This debt is the single greatest threat to our national security. Those aren’t my words. They’re the words of top current and former military leaders.
So who’s to blame?
Career politicians in both parties created this crisis. We cannot trust them to solve it because those in power thrive off the status quo. From 2001-2016 alone, the federal government exploded in size from $2.4 to $4.2 trillion. Washington is broken. If we want different results from Washington, we have to send a different type of person to Washington. We need outsiders to the political process who work with a sense of urgency and are focused on delivering results.
So what’s our way forward? There are five imperatives to address this moment of crisis.
First, we have to completely change the way Washington does its business. The budget process used by Congress is completely broken. It has worked just four times in 44 years. It’s the root cause of our debt crisis because it allows politicians to avoid tough spending decisions and kick the can down the road.
Second, we have to root out redundant agencies and spending in the federal government.
Third, we have to continue growing our economy. After eight years of the slowest economic recovery in American history, we’re now seeing a turnaround. Over 4.5 million new jobs have been created. Median household income is the highest it’s ever been. African-American, Hispanic, and Asian-American unemployment are the lowest ever recorded. These results are because of policies that trust the free-enterprise system instead of growing government. We must keep up this momentum.
Fourth, we have to save Social Security and Medicare for future generations before their trust funds go to zero in 16 short years.
Fifth, we have to get after the real drivers of spiraling health care costs.
Your Support Is Critical
As the only Fortune 500 in Congress, I’m fighting every day to bring this sense of urgency to the United States Senate. My focus on results doesn’t make me the most popular person in Washington. It means I’ll always be an outsider to the political process, but you know what? That’s fine by me. However, I can’t do this alone. It’s up to all of us to stand together to make a difference. We are still at a crossroads. The time to step up and make a difference is RIGHT NOW.