Letter: Growing Cost Of Government

To the Editor:

I want to commend the Centre View for covering the candidate's forum at Chantilly High School. The questions from the students and teachers were excellent and well informed, and it was my privilege to represent the Romney campaign.

I would like to correct a statement in which I was misquoted about the U.S. economy in response to a question about unemployment being 7.8 percent. It was reported that I said "If we continue on this path, eventually 40-50 percent of federal revenue will be from taxes and borrowing. I don't think that's the direction we ought to go." I believe I said that if we continue on this path (of increasing the size of government), eventually government will consume 40-50 percent of the U.S. economy through taxes and borrowing. I made the additional point that by comparison, taxes and government borrowing in France consume more than half of the French economy. The consequence? In France, with the exception of just a few short periods, unemployment has always been above 8 percent during the last 30 years. The size of government matters.

Jim LeMunyon

Member, Virginia House of Delegates

67th District