“The total federal debt currently stands at $18.6 trillion, larger than our entire economy. That is up 75 percent since President Obama took office, and by the end of his tenure, he is expected to have added almost as much to the national debt as all past presidents combined. The federal government spent $3.5 trillion in fiscal year 2014, and ran a deficit of $483 billion. Sadly, even under a Republican Congress, the recent budget deal will add another $80 billion in spending over two years. The current and projected rates of government growth are unsustainable, irresponsible, and constitutionally indefensible.” ~Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz says that, if he is elected, he will work to eliminate wasteful government agencies, bureaus and commission. In particular, he wants to get rid of these five cabinet agencies:
- Internal Revenue Service – to dramatically simplify the tax code and enable everyone to fill out their taxes on a postcard or smartphone app.
- Department of Education – to return education to those who know our students best: parents, teachers, local communities, and states. And to block-grant education funding to the states.
- Department of Energy – to cut off the Washington cartel, stop picking winners and losers, and unleash the energy renaissance.
- Department of Commerce – to close the “congressional cookie jar” and promote free enterprise and free trade for every business.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development – to offer real solutions that lift people out of hardship, rather than trapping families in a cycle of poverty, and to empower hurting Americans by reforming most of the remaining programs, such as Section 8 housing.
Cruz says he will NOT do this by executive action, like Obama’s been doing to force his will on us. He will do it legally, constitutionally, by working with Congress.