FreedomWorks to Plan Debt Commission
FreedomWorks, the libertarian advocacy group, has organized a debt commission that plans to hold hearings throughout the summer with the purpose of drafting recommendations to be sent to Congress by January, reports the New York Times
“There are a lot of Democrats who . . are now sitting on their hands, waiting to point fingers at Republicans who propose something, and there are too many Republicans who are afraid that the public won’t understand a serious proposal to solve the budget deficit,” explained FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe. “We think that the only way we will ever reduce the debt and balance the budget is if America beats Washington and Tea Party activists take over this process, take over the public debate, and engage the American people in the hard work of making tough choices.”
In preparation of the commission meetings, FreedomWorks held training sessions for 150 activists in Washington over the weekend. The sessions educated participants on the various budget proposals currently in play, specifically those from Sens. Rand Paul and Paul Ryan.
The commission has the goal of creating a proposal that would balance the budget within 10 years, reduce the national debt to less than 66 percent of G.D.P., and reduce federal spending by $300 billion in the bill’s first year and by $9 trillion over a 10 year period.
Mr. Kibbe hopes that final selection of the committee will include members from 18 swing states, and that proposals will be presented to the Tea Party caucus in the House and Senate come wintertime.