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The Debate Americans Deserve
Thank you Arthur, and thank you all for being here today.
You know, the budget debates that are raging now in state capitals and here in Washington-especially the one we're having now in Congress-seem a little disconnected from reality.
The news stories are full of phrases like "continuing resolutions" or "baseline levels." The numbers are in the millions or billions. The scorecard is about political posturing and partisan edge.
The debate is stale. The debate is distracting.
The debate needs to change.
Today, we are here to give Americans the debate they deserve.
We face a monumental choice about the future of our country. For too long, policymakers in Washington have traveled the path of least resistance... of easy promises and the empty claims of progress... of relentless spending and constant borrowing.