Former Rep. Vicky Hartzler, a candidate for the Fourth District Congressional seat currently held by Democrat Ike Skelton, continued her attacks on Skelton in her latest news release:
GOP congressional candidate Vicky Hartzler said today the ongoing collapse of budget-writing in Congress is a frightening confession of failure by Ike Skelton, a three-decade incumbent, and of Nancy Pelosi's leadership in Congress.
Hartzler said: "Unemployment just rose to 9.9 percent, a tragedy for millions of our families. The April budget deficit was the highest ever posted for the month, at $83 billion, and four times more than April 2009. Now, this very day, Mr. Skelton's liberal House is running from its single most basic duty, to write the annual budget to operate the United States government.
"Mr. Skelton's fiscal policy is the most irresponsible thing I've seen in government at any level. It is ruining this nation's finances and will ruin the future for our children and grandchildren. Mr. Skelton voted with Nancy Pelosi every step of the way for Obama economics. President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Skelton decided to spend money we don't have, to spend it as fast as humanly possible, and to keep spending until the printing presses blow up. Their plan for the national debt is to keep borrowing more and more money from countries like China. Their plan for taxes is to increase them to European levels, starting with the national energy tax. Ike Skelton voted ‘Yes’ for every chapter in this tragedy.
"That's the Skelton-Pelosi plan for a bankrupt America. Now, the Pelosi House can't meet the schedule for the budget. Mr. Skelton's bosses say they're working on it. Guess where? Behind closed doors.
"When I taught personal family finance as a teacher at Belton High School, I gave students the same basic economic principles every family, business, farm, and ranch adhere to:
§ Start with a budget. If you don't have a budget, nothing else will work.
§ Don’t spend more money than you have.
§ Plan and save. You can't buy things just because you would like to have them.
§ Live within your means. If you're living on bank loans or credit cards, you're insolvent, and you have to get control of your spending, immediately.
“My students got it. Washington needs to follow suit. It’s elementary. Developing the budget is the first duty of Congress. It is a plan for the allocation of our scarce resources to ensure the people of our country have appropriate funding for vital government roles such as national defense and security. As my students understood, you cannot run a household without knowing how to spend your money. And while Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Skelton do not seem to agree with me, I believe you cannot run the operations of the most powerful nation in the world without one.
"If Mr. Skelton is in the House in January 2011, he will vote to keep Nancy Pelosi in power. He has voted for Speaker Pelosi every single time in four Congresses. He will do it again. I will vote to fire this Speaker and put a conservative in charge. The out-of-control federal budget is a national emergency. Most of us in the Fourth District know this. It is time for a change—the kind that will restore fiscal responsibility to our nation’s finances and safeguard our children’s future."