This past Friday, I received an email from the McFadden campaign in which he announced an initiative to reduce spending. Here’s the heart of that email:

There’s a culture among our nation’s professional political class that accepts the fact that our government wastes over $200 billion every year – that’s nearly one-third of last year’s deficit!

Some senators like Al Franken don’t seem to think it’s a big deal. I couldn’t disagree more.

That’s why I announced yesterday that I will release an annual report on wasteful spending as your senator. I’ll go through the budget line-by-line and expose the wasteful projects that are eating up your tax dollars and adding to our deficit. Some say this report will make Washington uncomfortable, and that’s fine with me because I want to get rid of the culture of waste in our Capitol.

I’ve written articles about Sen. Tom Coborn’s Sequester This video series. Follow this link to the first article. This link will take you to the second article. It sounds like Mr. McFadden would fit into the Coborn wing of the Senate quickly. This video explains why Mr. McFadden wants to get spending under control:

While it’s imperative that we eliminate deficits for financial reasons, it’s morally imperative to get the economy growing robustly so families don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck like they’ve been doing the last 5+ years. It’s time to reject the Obama-Franken economic policies. It’s time to embrace pro-growth economic policies that return the U.S. economy to being the envy of the world.

That won’t happen if Sen. Franken is re-elected. He’s proven that he doesn’t know how to get America’s economy growing. Mike McFadden knows how to grow the economy because that’s what he’s done the last 25 years. If you want to grow the economy, hire a businessman. Hiring a comedian to grow the economy is a joke. At least it would be if it wasn’t such a serious matter. But I digress.

The McFadden campaign is highlighting the ways in which he’ll eliminate wasteful spending and how he’ll reduce the scope of the federal government through regulatory relief.

3 Responses to “McFadden embraces spending, regulatory discipline”

  • Van H. says:

    Well, that certainly isn’t going to get the job done, is it? Saying that you’re “against government waste” is like saying that you’re against rainy days and rush hour traffic. EVERYONE is against “government waste”! The problem you leave yourself open to when you say that you’re against “government waste” is that people/your opponent/the media insist on knowing what you consider to be wasteful. And there’s no good way to answer that question being how what constitutes wasteful spending to one might not to another. Is Medicaid wasteful spending? Planned Parenthood? How about drone operations in the Middle East? Finacial aid to impoverished countries? It’s a ‘gotcha question waiting to happen. So why open yourself up to it? McFadden’s brain trust continue to do him no favors, that’s for sure. Talk about amateur hour. Why would you call a press conference to discuss something that isn’t even going to contrast you as a candidate from your opponent? Does he expect Al Franken to say that he’s FOR government waste? Team McFadden goes through all the effort to round up the media, and what’s the Subject of the Day? Obamacare? NSA surveillance? The fact that Obama’s approval rating in Minnesota has sunk to 36% and Al Franken HAS VOTED WITH HIM 100% OF THE TIME? Nope, none of the above. The topic was “government waste”. God help us.

    Gary, the next time you speak to Control Tower McFadden you want to suggest that they keep things simple for him at this point. He’s a political néophyte; he’s obviously not comfortable in front of the media and talking issues, etc., etc. When that’s the case for a candidate, the tenet is to have him/her focus on a single issue to beat over the head of his/her opponent. And man, do the Republican candidates have a big hammer at their disposal in the form of the medical device tax! Republican candidates in some of these other states would love to have a medical device industry the size of Minnesota’s to prominently feature in their campaigns. The Republican candidates here have been accorded that hot button like manna from heaven, and yet they don’t stay on it. One out of three people in Minnesota either work for or know someone who works for the medical device industry. So why are they talking about anything else? If McFadden pounded away on that issue alone he’d have a better chance of winning than meandering about from one issue to the next, because it draws attention to his opponent’s weakness. Keep all the focus on it all the time. When the liberal media tees up the ‘gotcha questions, like, “What are your thoughts on personhood legislation?” the appropriate reply is “My thoughts aren’t on personhood legislation because I’m focusing all my thoughts on repealing a medical device tax that even Al Franken has described as a ‘job killer’ despite having voted for it.” The way you defeat an incumbent the is by putting him on defense and keeping him/her there for the duration of the campaign. Ron Johnson did this masterfully to Russ Feingold. It can be done here, too, but McFadden is going to have to stop with the “government waste” blather and start revving it up on matters where Franken is actually vulnerable. Quit fishing for crappies on a lake full of muskies, you know what I mean?

  • J. Ewing says:

    I appreciate this piece, but it does feed my concern that McFadden is WAY short on real specifics. How about the FAIR tax”? or the “penny plan”? or even the Ryan budget? Maybe I’m looking for a policy wonk when we need a politician to get past the election.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chill Bill. Mike McFadden did a single video on government waste. That’s hardly out of line. More importantly, McFadden won’t get to unload on Franken if he isn’t the GOP’s general election candidate. At the approprriate time, I suspect, McFadden will train his guns on Franken.

    As for the wasteful spending stuff, McFadden is identifying what he thinks is wasteful spending. There’s nothing controversial about the things on the list.

Leave a Reply