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ICYMI: Highlights from Conference Call with U.S. Rep Dennis Ross

- May 15, 2012

Former U.S. Congressman Dennis Ross (FL-12):

"The president did not create our debt problem. I'll be the first to admit that it has been a Republican and Democrat issue for the last 30 years at least but the president has spent the last three years ignoring it. He has offered a budget. He just couldn't get a single Democrat to vote for it in either the House or the Senate. He complains about the hand he was dealt, then gambles with money borrowed from China in trying to address our economy.

"The debt of this country is increasing at a rate of 4 billion dollars a day. Debt per citizen is about $50,000, taxpayers about $140,000...what's important to know is that we're not on a course to correct this. And the president has...failed miserably to address the spiraling debt of our economy and so one of the things that we were...excited about was that as a Republican Congress we are finally making some moves towards what the American people want us to do and that's cut spending.

"I believe that you'll see Governor Romney be one of the strongest presidents fiscally that we've had in decades. He has a history of being fiscally prudent. He understands that...expenses must not exceed revenues and...he understands the reality that we are going to have American exceptionalism we have to have the number one country in the world economy. On the course we are, we're not getting there.

"It's appalling that we've seen the national debt nearly double since 2006. Public employees in 41 states earn more than private employees...we've seen unemployment increase to a record of 39.7 weeks. We've seen a stimulus package that's done nothing to stimulate the economy up to the last three years. We need to talk about the economy. We need to talk about reining in federal spending. We need to talk about the American people having opportunities again to incentivize their entrepreneurship. So, when the president talks about how he wants to invest in green energy jobs I just have to look at Solyndra, LightSquared, GM, student loans, ObamaCare, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and conclude...we're on the wrong track.

"It's not fair that our kids have over $50,000 in debt at the moment and that we have to invest in such things as Cowboy Poetry, Soccer Fields for terrorists, GSA conferences, and departments that fail in their missions."

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/5.15.2012_Florida.mp3

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