The criticism in the editorial “Vacationing legislators should give us a break” (3/13, Opinion) was misplaced, and the attack on my anti-terrorism resolution missed the mark.
First, the Missouri legislature doesn’t have some magic money-printing machine to pay for the massive government expansion that Gov. Jay Nixon and The Star support. When the private sector does well, state revenue increases. Our job is to encourage growth and create an economic climate that helps create jobs while ensuring state government lives within its means in good times and bad.
For Washington liberals, the solution is printing more money with a so-called “stimulus.” Nixon’s answer is spending all the money and leaving the debt for our “kids and grandkids,” as he told C-SPAN. For House Republicans, the solution is fiscal discipline. We understand this isn’t our money. It belongs to taxpayers.
Second, Democrats and Republicans supported my resolution urging the U.S. not to bring suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay to Missouri. The Star criticized this action, but the fact the U.S. rushed to shut down Guantanamo Bay without a clear plan for where the detainees will be sent should be taken very seriously. I believe Missourians who care about public safety do not share The Star’s view.
Missouri Rep. Clint Tracy