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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Avoiding California

May 25, 2010

House Chamber, Washington, D.C.  May 25, 2010.  M. Speaker:

     The failure of this House to pass a budget at a time of unprecedented deficit spending speaks volumes about the house majority.

      In order to resolve a crisis you must first be willing to face it.   If you can’t face the problem, you can’t deal with it.

     That’s what the budget process is: the painful but necessary assessment of our financial affairs.   Without it, there cannot be even a theoretical solution. 

      I’ve seen this before in California.  As left-wing majorities took control of our financial affairs and boosted spending at a reckless pace, we watched the orderly budget process disintegrate into a mere sham.  Unable and unwilling to face up to the consequences of their out-of-control spending, they simply abandoned the budget process. 

     Ultimately they brought the most prosperous state in our nation to the brink of bankruptcy. 

     M. Speaker, California is an example to be avoided and not imitated.