NMX: Sen. Lee: ‘The Choice Is Pretty Clear’

Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 05:44 PM

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter

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Mitt Romney needs to make a “bold, energetic statement” about the choice Americans have to make at the polls in November, Utah Sen. Mike Lee tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

“I’ll be looking for a bold, energetic statement, much like what we saw from Paul Ryan last night, saying that we’ve got a choice to make, and the choice is pretty clear,” Lee, a member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, tells Newsmax. “There’s one plan for America that involves more government, more borrowing by government, and another that involves a more limited role for government – with greater attention paid to what future generations of Americans are going to have to deal with in terms of our debt.”

Watch the exclusive interview here.

Lee said Ryan made the alternatives clear in his speech accepting the vice presidential nomination on Wednesday night.

“Paul Ryan is part of the generation that’s really going to have to work to pay off that debt, and a lot of the people who helped accumulate a lot of this are no longer going to be in office – and in some cases they won’t be around at all by the time the full bill becomes due.”

Further, the Wisconsin congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman also made a strong case for Medicare reform, Lee added.

“But this is an idea that’s going to require a lot more discussion in order for people to fully understand,” he said. “Once people fully understand it, they’ll embrace it because they understand that you can’t just continue this program without some modifications.

“If you allow it to continue, without making any adjustments to it, it will become unsustainable – and it will bring about the need for much more painful, abrupt, Draconian cuts that nobody would like to see.”

Lee, the author of “The Freedom Agenda: Why a Balanced Budget Amendment is Necessary to Restore Constitutional Government,” said Congress will eventually pass a balanced budget amendment because “Congress needs some kind of restraint, a permanent structural reform that makes it more difficult for them to borrow. It will happen because voters are going to continue to demand it.”

And the so-called fiscal cliff that is expected at the end of the year, when the Bush-era tax cuts are to expire as the automatic cuts to government spending take hold, can also be averted.

“It must be averted,” Lee said. “We’ve already been promised that if we allow ourselves to hit the fiscal cliff, we stand to lose hundreds of thousands of jobs – and this would be devastating to our economy.

“The best way to avoid it is for people to vote according to their concern that we not raise taxes, especially in this down economy. If Republicans take the majority in the Senate, keep the majority in the House and win the White House, then no matter what the tax cuts will be extended – and they’ll be extended retroactively by January if we can’t get it done between now and then.”

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