Rep. Tom McClintock seeks re-election to tackle country’s economic woes

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Rep. Tom McClintock is running once again for the 4th Congressional District and said the economy should be top priority. “The overriding issue facing our country is the economy and the damage that excessive spending is doing, not only to our prosperity, but to our security as our nation,” McClintock said in a recent phone interview. “Countries that bankrupt themselves aren’t around very long. Our country is at a crossroads right now.” McClintock, a Republican, was first elected to the California Assembly when he was 26. During 22 years in the California state Legislature, he has authored California’s current lethal injection death penalty law, spearheaded the campaign to rebate $1.1 billion in tax over-collections to the people of California, and pushed to abolish the car tax. He said now is when voters need to focus on American values. “This generation is deciding right now whether we are going to return to those uniquely American principles of individual liberty, constitutionally limited government and personal responsibilities that produced the most prosperous and powerful republic in the world,” McClintock said. “If we abandon these values, we become a failed European-type nation.” In 2000, McClintock was elected to the California state Senate, where he developed budget solutions such as the Bureaucracy Reduction and Closure Commission and performance-based budgeting, and advocated for restoring California’s public works. From 1992-1994, McClintock served as Director of the Center for the California Taxpayer, a project of the National Tax Limitation Foundation. In 1995, he was named Director of Economic and Regulatory Affairs for the Claremont Institute’s Golden State Center for Policy Studies, a position he held until his return to the Assembly in 1996. McClintock said additional taxes are not a solution. “Tax, borrowing and spending is not the answer. My intention is to continue my work on the House budget committee that has produced two years of budgets that would have ultimately paid off the questionable debt we accumulated,” he said. Supporter John Glass said he believes McClintock is the right man to bring economic change. “His basic foundations are solid,” Glass said. “I really believe that if we hold fast to his ideas, we can come out of this recession.” McClintock is the Chairman of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee, and is a member of the Budget Committee and the Natural Resources Committee. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands and the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaskan Native Affairs. McClintock and his wife, Lori, have two children, Justin and Shannah.