To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
According to the Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, “As of August 2023 it costs $808 billion to maintain the debt, which is 15% of the total federal spending.”
The National Debt has nearly doubled in the last 10 Years. From $16.74 trillion in 2013, to over $32.93 trillion in 2023.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the dollar has lost 44% of its value since the year 2000.
Fiscal responsibility begins with understanding that our constitution allows Congress to impose taxes for three purposes.
1. To provide a common defense
2. To pay the debts of the nation
3. For the general welfare of the nation.
But that is not how they spend our money. Increasingly, Congress and the White House spend taxpayer money on specific welfare. It's time to focus on filtering all spending through the lens provided in the constitution. Curtis believes that no new spending and no new earmarks should be allowed until Congress balances the budget, and that all new spending should be budgeted.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.
The 10th amendment to the Constitution expresses a limited authority for the United States government. The government's abuse of authority is at the core of why American citizens are so angry today. As citizens of the United States we are called to submit to the authority of its leaders and its laws, however in turn our leaders are called to submit to the authority expressed in the constitution. In so many ways this does not happen. How many times do we see a law or an executive order struck down by the Supreme Court because it is deemed to be unconstitutional? How many are not struck down but should be?
“He has shown you O man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you, To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”. Micah 6:8
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, among these are the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Declaration of Independence
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
First Amendment of the US Constitution.
It is not the authority of the United States to tell citizens what, where, when, or how to worship. The freedom to speak about faith and to believe it has real power to change the heart of man should not be abridged. The recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion push we see infringes upon free speech for those of faith. The freedom to reject ideas such as climate change, abortion access, gun control, participation of transgender men in women's sports, or to disagree with mutilating the sexual organs of teenagers has been labeled as hate speech. We must all be free to express our diverse opinions and to engage in spirited yet respectful debate without fear of retaliation. Likewise the State must have the ability to govern all its people equally and to make the laws necessary to allow the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.
Western Colorado A Way of Life:
Protection for this western Colorado way of life requires attention to:
School Choice for families.
Water and Land conservation.
Fair Taxes for Small Business.
Thoughtful and managed growth.
Limited Government control.