KBH on cutting the ONDCP

I’ll say this. Kay Bailey Hutchinson will answer your email. Give her enough time, and you’ll get something back. I admire that, even if I don’t always agree with her answer. It’s been a while since I heard from Jim Pitts or Joe Barton. I’m probably in their SPAM folder somewhere.

Recently (as in a few weeks ago) I asked KBH to consider gutting the ONDCP as a possible debt reduction solution. Could a $14 trillion dollar federal debt be enough to make KBH question cutting the few million the feds spend on WOD propaganda?

The GOP is ground zero for the collision of social and fiscal conservatism. On one hand, the budget is in a debt death spiral, on the other, we have to think of THE CHILDREN who would, but for the genius of “this is your brain on drugs” ads, become instant crack addicts!

KBH responds-

Dear Friend:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the possible elimination of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. I welcome your thoughts and comments.

Illegal drugs are a problem at every social and economic level. They threaten the fabric of our society, especially our young people. Combating illegal drug use and distribution is and must continue to be a critical federal law enforcement priority.
However, skyrocketing federal deficits require redoubling our efforts to ensure that every taxpayer dollar is spent as effectively as possible. Every federal program and agency, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy, must and will be scrutinized. Overlapping and ineffective bureaucracies must be eliminated.
Many in Congress, including me, are determined to make drastic changes and control the runaway federal spending that has added $3.5 trillion to the national debt in just three years. We have struggled to reach agreement with the White House and its Congressional allies on spending reductions for the current fiscal year that are no more than a deficit-cutting down payment. The larger battle will be joined when Congress attempts to embed deeper cuts in the fiscal year 2012 federal budget. Please be assured that I am committed to winning the fight to restore fiscal sanity and balance the federal budget.
I appreciate hearing from you, and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact me on any issue that is important to you.
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator

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