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Rep. Ryan Zinke: Obama Budget Just Tax and Spend, Again

By    |   Tuesday, 03 February 2015 11:43 AM

President Barack Obama’s claim that his budget proposal is fully paid for through spending reforms and tax cuts is malarkey, according to Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, who says the proposal amounts to nothing more than a run-of-the-mill tax and spend budget.

"You can't ignore an $18 trillion debt and you can't think we're going to pull out by, again, more taxes," the freshman Republican representative said Tuesday on Newsmax TV's "America’s Forum."

"I don't see anything in there that looks at a balanced budget in the future, out five or 10 years even, so it's a nonstarter with the GOP."

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Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, also has concerns about defense spending laid out in the president’s budget proposal.

"We're drowning in our own bureaucracy and red tape," he said, adding that every department is top heavy, and the sequestration makes mandated cuts to the military instead of leaving decisions about where to make reductions up to commanders.

"When they're told this is exactly where you're going to cut, you give them no flexibility," he said. "So we're all concerned about defense because we're not spending on things that involve war fighting.

"Listen, I'm a former commander but I'm also a father. My daughter's a Navy diver, my son-in-law is a Navy SEAL. I want to make sure that when we put our troops in harm's way, we give them the right equipment, the best leadership, and the rules of engagement to win decisively on the field of battle. Under this administration, we're falling far short of that."

Zinke is confident that the Republican-controlled Congress won’t cave to Obama’s tax and spend proposal.

"I don't think this Congress has a taste for anything that even remotely smells of a tax increase," he said. "We're looking at a balanced budget and that's what we were sent to Congress to do. Roll up the sleeves and let's look at the $18 trillion debt.

"We're not going to cut our way out of it, we're not going to spend our way out of it. We need to grow the economy and give government the anchor off the backs of small businesses, but I don't think there will be any tax increases. I just don't see that happening in this Congress."

Asked about the blockbuster movie "American Sniper," directed by Clint Eastwood, Zinke said the film was well done and carries an important message about combat veterans.

"It was a story about wounds and sacrifice," he said. "Wounds both physical and emotional, and sacrifice, the members as well as the family. So it was spot on. He hit the heart of it.

"There was some criticism that some of the battle scenes weren't accurate but people missed the point. It wasn't about a battle scene, it was about a much deeper journey in a man's life."

He dismissed all the criticism from liberal Hollywood about the movie, saying it’s just another example of the difference between Hollywood and the rest of America.

"America trusts the military. It's probably the last institution we do trust, and the military is made up of Americans.

"I'd rather have Clint Eastwood with me in war rather than Michael Moore," he said. "Hollywood is not all liberal. There's some good people out there, but you're right. There's a throw back at anyone who would say that Chris Kyle is a coward, [he] certainly doesn't get it."

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President Barack Obama's claim that his budget proposal is fully paid for through spending reforms and tax cuts is malarkey, according to Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke, who says the proposal amounts to nothing more than a run-of-the-mill tax and spend budget.
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