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Gov. Walker: Federal Government Needs to Avert Fiscal Cliff

For more than a decade, the federal government has been spending a lot more money than it has been taking in. Because critical debt benchmarks were surpassed, in the near future our nation is facing what often is referred to as the fiscal cliff.

Editor’s Note: Each week Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. This week he addresses the Fiscal Cliff. 

Hi, this is Scott Walker.   

This week, I had the honor of joining a bipartisan group of Governors to meet with President Obama about the fiscal challenges facing our federal government. 

For more than a decade, the federal government has been spending a lot more money than it has been taking in.  Because critical debt benchmarks were surpassed, in the near future our nation is facing what often is referred to as the fiscal cliff.  If our federal government fails to take action to avert this fiscal cliff, we could experience a massive economic downturn, which would affect states all across the nation. 

I joined other governors, three Democrat and two other Republican, to discuss what the impact on states would be if the federal government continues down the path of massive deficits and increasing debt.  As we look to the federal government in the coming months, I hope we will receive the flexibility necessary to not only help solve the federal deficit, but also provide relief to the states.  Compare Washington’s budget problems to what we did here in Wisconsin—we turned a $3.6 billion budget deficit into a surplus and for the first time ever, deposited money in the state’s rainy day fund in two consecutive years.

I am hopeful politicians in D.C. will be able to solve the fiscal problems facing our federal government so the next generation is not buried under a mountain debt.  I appreciate having the opportunity to speak directly with President Obama on this important issue. 

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Ima Hippee December 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
John Wilson - speaking of Pinocchio, where is the savior, er, um Obama today?
Dave Koven December 09, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Hippee...I am referring to Walker. You really didn't answer my question. Re-read my post.
Lyle Ruble December 09, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Wow! People really must be put off by the weather today. I've seen some cooky things but this thread is beginning to win awards. Comments on going over the fiscal cliff, remodeling the Governor's Mansion kitchen, Social Security and Gen-Xer's wanting to commit generational genocide. My only comment is to Richard Head; just remember my friend that the boomers are going to hold the majority even after half of us are long gone. In addition, Gen-Y is also in support of the boomers. You continue whining about being victimized by boomers is so far from reality that I question if you know where reality is even at. Most of the laws and regulations you complain about were put in place prior to the boomers coming to political power. I guess, if you want to blame someone, blame the 'Greatest Generation' for having too many kids and enacting the laws and regulations that you now find so onerous.
GearHead December 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
@John Wilson: inhaling sand is hazardous to your health.

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