U.S. House Budget Chairman Dr. Tom Price, Atlas Senior Fellow Deroy Murdock, Tennessee State Senator Mark Green, and Jonathan Bydlak of the Institute to Reduce Spending attempted to tighten Washington’s red-ink spigot at CPAC 2015.
Atlas Network and its allies were front and center at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.
Among the scores of Atlas Network’s friends in attendance from myriad free-market think tanks and advocacy groups, Senior Fellow Deroy Murdock participated in three panel discussions. Among them, he moderated a Saturday-morning session titled “Deficits Debunked: It’s a Spending Problem, not a Revenue Problem.” U.S. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R–Georgia), offered his insights on Washington’s spendthrift culture. The former orthopedist is the first charter member of the Benjamin Rush Institute, which aims to preserve the private doctor-patient relationship amid the headwinds of Obamacare and other government-medicine initiatives.
State Sen. Mark Green (R–Tennessee) explained how the Volunteer State’s balanced budget and low taxes have made it a magnet for both job creators and job seekers. Green, a U.S. Army Iraq war veteran, participated in the capture and initial interrogation of Saddam Hussein. He also is a supporter of the Nashville-based Beacon Center of Tennessee, a pro-freedom research institution. Dr. Green recently appeared in a Beacon Center video on the pitfalls of ObamaCare.
Jonathan Bydlak, president of the Institute to Reduce Spending, explained that America’s $18.1 trillion national debt is not just a challenge for tomorrow’s children and grandchildren. Uncle Sam’s massive borrowing, to service this huge vat of red ink, crowds out private capital that could be used today to launch and expand companies, finance innovation, and create jobs. Bydlak is a graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy’s Think Tank MBA program.