Matt Kibbe: "Congress should be focusing on the red ink at home, not the red lines abroad"
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- FreedomWorks will be issuing a Key Vote "NO" against the Syria resolution, and mobilizing activists to contact Congressional offices to demand their Representatives address the "red ink" at home, not arbitrary "red lines" abroad.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe commented:
"Congress should be focusing on the red ink at home, not arbitrarily established red lines abroad. As a membership organization, FreedomWorks has been overwhelmed with requests to help activists express their voice in this debate. A broad coalition of Americans, including the millions of grassroots activists represented in the FreedomWorks community, has already roundly rejected the Obama Administration's rationale for bombing Syria. Congress ignores the will of the voters on this issue at their own peril."
"In many ways, this 'insiders versus the rest of us' dynamic reflects the same recipe that led to the defeat of the first TARP bailout attempt on the House floor in 2008. This tone deafness gave rise to a grassroots revolution."
"When they convene, Congress will consider short-term actions. They should also reflect upon long-term costs associated with those actions. There is no guarantee that 'limited' military operations in Syria will lead to a 'limited' result. The costs of brinksmanship in an ongoing civil war are steep, and a collapse of state would fall in our laps. In other words, if we break it, we buy it."
"Regardless of foreign policy priorities, Americans can agree that the strength of our country ultimately depends upon our fiscal stability. While our nation is capable of summoning its superpower, it would be reckless for Congress to bankrupt us in the process."
On July 19, 2013, General Martin Dempsey wrote an assessment of five potential U.S. military options in Syria and their associated costs, ranging from $500 million per year to over $1 billion per month. At present, a $17 trillion federal debt exceeds the GDP of the United States economy. This does not account for tens and tens of trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities owed to expanding entitlements.
Kibbe added, "America's international credit is more important than President Obama's rhetorical credibility. We urge Congress to vote against military action abroad at the expense of American prosperity at home."
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