DesJarlais Says Government Should Balance Its Budget

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D. (TN-04) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor regarding the fiscal cliff:

It seems there are those who still fail to realize that we cannot continue down this road of fiscal insanity.

It isn’t politics – it is math. Our spending is simply unsustainable.

Yet, we have not seen a serious proposal from the White House to address our trillion dollar deficits.

The president thinks the answer is more taxes.

But while the taxes increases President Obama is calling for would hurt small businesses, they would have little effect in reducing our deficits.

That is because our debt is being driven by spending – pure and simple.

And therefore to solve our problem, we must implement serious spending cuts and reforms. 

The good news is that this isn’t hard to do.

We just have to look at the amount of revenue coming in and not spend more than that. 

Rather than spending more than we can afford, we must prioritize our spending.

 Hundreds of millions of Americans do this every single day!

 If my constituents in Tennessee can balance their budget, so can Washington. 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AMMONS, DAVONTE DAWUN  2816 CANNON AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404  Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (FALSE IMPRISONMENT) ARMSTRONG, COURTNEY DENISE  3612 6TH AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

1st Tennessee Bank On Highway 58 Robbed On Monday

A First Tennessee Bank was robbed Monday morning.   At approximately  11:35  a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to the First Tennessee Bank at 4430 Highway 58 for a robbery.   Officers learned that a white male entered the bank and presented a teller with a note which stated he had a firearm and to give him cash.  ... (click for more)

What Is #NoogaStrong

I've seen some recent posts asking exactly what Chattanooga Strong means. This week I have seen enough that I believe I can give you a definition of this glorious word.   As a city everyone will not always get along or agree. Often we may ask ourselves what is wrong with these nuts. Often we run across the rude, crude and ugly. But when tragic happens, we all come together ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chanie's Puzzling Poem

Ronnie Joice was in a bar in north London when he spied a poem tacked to the wall. The more he studied it, the more it revealed and, suddenly, he was floored. I don’t need to tell you it has gone viral, cheering people up particularly in England, but it is fun to know it was written by an 11 th -grader at an all-girls school in New York. Chanie Gorkin first posted it on her page ... (click for more)

Former McCallie Swimmer Qualifies For 2016 Olympics

Sean Ryan, a 2010 graduate of McCallie, qualified for an Olympic swimming competition early Monday morning. His fourth-place finish in the 10-kilometer open-water race July 27 at the FINA World Championships earned him a spot on the United States Olympic Team for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The race took place in the Kazanka River in Kazan, Russia, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Club To Host National Semifinals Saturday

Saturday  Chattanooga Football Club won the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) South Region Championship over the Myrtle Beach Mutiny – its second title in a row. That win puts CFC in the final four teams in the league still competing for the national title. By winning the South Region, Chattanooga FC became the number two seed in the country and will host the third-seeded ... (click for more)