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For Immediate Release
Friday, September 12, 2008

America Needs “Surge” in Fiscal Responsibility, Says Bob Barr

“Sen. John McCain has made the ‘surge’ his trademark phrase," said Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee.  "He talks about the surge in Iraq, using a surge in urban neighborhoods, and replicating the surge elsewhere."

“What we need now is a surge in federal fiscal responsibility,” says Barr. 

“Both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions were filled with happy talk,” Barr explains.  “The candidates promised vast new energy programs, big health care plans, special education initiatives and job training.  How are they going to pay for everything?  Easy.  They will close those corporate loopholes we all hate.  They will kill off a few pork barrel programs.  Sen. Obama says he will look through the budget for ineffective programs.  If it was so easy, you have to wonder why it didn’t happen years ago,” Barr observes.

“But it isn’t easy,” he notes.  “In one afternoon both candidates would spend more to bail out the housing entities Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than they would cut elsewhere.  America is in a huge fiscal hole and it is only getting deeper. The deficit this year is $400 billion.  It will be $500 billion next year.  The national debt is $9.5 trillion and rising daily,” Barr says.

“On my first day as president I will freeze federal spending," Barr explains. "On day two, I will establish the Commission On Wasteful Government to develop a list of programs with no constitutional basis, which belong at the state or local level, or which don’t work. And I will go to Congress with a long list of programs to eliminate,” promises Barr.

“But America’s financial problems run far deeper.  Only Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party are saying no more bailouts.  Only Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party are talking about controlling entitlements spending.  Only Bob Barr and the Libertarian Party are pushing the surge in fiscal responsibility that the country needs,” he says.

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

The Libertarian Party is America's third largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties.  You can find more information on the Libertarian Party by visiting www.LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.