The Constitution and Spending

All too often, the Washington establishment looks down upon “regular” Americans.  Patronizing phrases like “it’s too difficult to explain” or “simplify it so they understand” are commonplace.  However, The Hill’s Midterm Poll suggests Americans may be more constitutionally enlightened than the establishment.

A few key excerpts:

Seventy-one percent of likely Republican voters in 10 House battleground districts said Congress should cut spending, even if it means fewer projects and earmarks for their local areas.

Six in 10 Republicans and 53 percent of independents said they would not accept cuts to defense and homeland-security spending.

Meanwhile, 60 percent of Democratic voters said they wanted their lawmakers to bring home the benefits, while only 28 percent of Democrats wanted their lawmakers to cut spending.

Americans, who are going to the polls in just five days, understand a crucial distinction that many in the establishment do not – we must cut spending, but there is a constitutional obligation ( Article I, Section 8 ) to “provide for the common Defence.”

In the coming months and years, we will face many difficult choices.  Up to this point, the establishment has largely avoided making these choices.  We cannot afford to wait any longer.  Heritage Action will work tirelessly, both in the halls of Congress and with conservatives all across the country, to advance conservative policies that return us to an era of economic prosperity.

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