2020 top issue (Sen. Rand Paul)

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December 16, 2019

Senator Rand Paul
167 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Paul:

SAFE wrote to the 535 members of Congress in June 2013, suggesting that it was high time for the government to start balancing its budget. You encouraged us with an upbeat letter;
none of the other members responded.

Six plus years and over $6 trillion in debt increases later, SAFE believes that deficits and debt should be the top issue in the 2020 presidential race. To this end, all candidates should be expected to offer their plans for balancing the budget by 2025 and one of the presidential debates during the general election campaign should be reserved for a review of the fiscal plans of the two finalists.

The basic rationale for our suggestion is that Congress isn’t constituted to take action on complex problems without presidential leadership, or, stated differently, that the president functions as the accelerator in the US government whereas Congress serves as the brakes.

Our promotional efforts to date have included two rounds of letters to the president (he responded to the second one) and other political leaders, a letter to the editor that was published by the [Wilmington, DE] News Journal, and a recent discussion with Sen. Tom Carper. It occurs to us that you might be able to offer additional input on our project or otherwise help to put it over the top.

Further discussion is posted online, including links to underlying documents and an outline of a “balance the budget” plan that the president might consider offering. Deficits and debt: Who’s in charge here?

Your support for our recommendations would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


PS: (1) A duplicate copy of this letter is being mailed to your Bowling Green, KY office; (2) contact information is enclosed.
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