Our Fight Against Washington Begins in Austin

March 7, 2012

Dear Friend,

Heading into this year’s election cycle with all of the confusion surrounding redistricting in Texas, it is extremely important that we focus on what this election is truly about. Here are a few facts that should help shed some light on what we are facing:

  • According to the 2010 Census data, almost half of all Americans live in households that receive government benefits.
  • This last fact is most disturbing given that 49.5% of Americans pay NO income tax. In other words, 50% of Americans are paying for the other 50%.
  • The federal government now borrows 43 cents for every dollar it spends – in 2007 the government only borrowed 5 cents for every dollar it spent!
  • The federal debt grows by over 4 billion dollars a day!
  • In the next state budget, under Obamacare, Medicaid is slated to cost Texas taxpayers $30.7 billion – this budget $17.1 billion was appropriated for the same program. (Please note this is Medicaid, not Medicare.)
  • Projections under Obamacare show that Texas’ Medicaid caseload could be up to 8.4 million by 2014, an 88 percent increase from today! 2.2 million Texans are currently on Medicaid.

This course is clearly not sustainable. As you can see, the stakes are higher than ever that we defeat the Obama Administration in November and get a handle on our spending at the national and state level. As Texans, we must not only stand up to the out-of-control federal government, but also look at innovative ways of reforming our own system. As a conservative, I believe it is our duty to get our fiscal house in order so that Texans have more money in their own pockets to help their families and businesses prosper. Economic freedom is key to a prosperous Texas and a prosperous America. Our fight against Washington begins in Austin. I appreciate your support in this fight for our future. It is a pleasure to serve you in the Texas Legislature.


Phil King

Sources: Legislative Budget Board, Texas Public Policy Foundation, New York Times, Heritage Alliance, Mercatus Center, US National Debt Clock