Senator Richard Burr's Radio Address

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

Following is the text of Senator Burr's radio address:
“Hello, this is U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina.

“This week, President Obama shared with all Americans his priorities and concerns about the serious economic challenges we are facing. I appreciated his optimism and agree with him that our country has the ability to overcome this significant economic challenge. The strongest tool we as Americans have is our ability to rally together and find solutions with unity of purpose. There is no limit to our ability and potential when we as a nation and as a people work together. Many times, disagreements between the two political parties in Washington get all the headlines. What’s not reported is the fact that Republicans and Democrats agree on where we want to go, but we disagree on how we’re going to get there.

“These uncertain times present us with a defining moment. The actions and decisions we make and the actions we take in our nation’s capital and in state capitals across the country will have a profound impact on our way of life for years to come. Families facing tough decisions at home know this because they are confronting the same challenges. Washington needs to understand this reality as well. It’s difficult to fully appreciate, but every time Congress and the President spends a dollar, it’s actually a dollar plus interest that our children and our grandchildren will have to pay back. We must remind ourselves of this fact every day. Unfortunately, Washington is in a state of denial. Our spending habits haven’t gotten better, they’ve only gotten worse.

“It seems that every morning you pick up the newspaper, you’re reading about another multi-billion dollar government spending plan being proposed or even worse, passed. The numbers are so large, and the deficits so staggering, it’s difficult for the average person to imagine how much money we’re talking about. We become numb to what the dollar figures really mean, or the obligation that accompanies them. Let me take a moment to try to explain what is happening in Washington right now, and what it will mean for all of us down the road.

“This week, the president submitted to Congress the single largest increase in federal spending in the history of the United States, while driving the deficit to levels that were once thought impossible. If we just look at what our debt spending will cost us in interest payments alone, we are talking about $4 trillion over the next 10 years, more than a billion dollars of interest payments every day. Think of that $4 trillion as a finance charge on your credit card bill – you have to pay it, but you get nothing for it in return. This finance charge obligates more than $52,000 for every family in America over the same 10-year period. These payments don’t even make a dent in the balance we owe. In fact, the balance on our credit card continues to grow as we continue to spend. Like a family that finds itself choking under the weight of credit card balances and finance charges, the federal government is quickly obligating the American people to a similar fate.

“This is why we must keep our eye on the big picture. For two centuries, the American Dream has depended on the simple belief that men and women work hard so their children would have a better future. Looking at the spending priorities of Democrats in Washington in the proposed budget and over the past month, it’s hard to escape the reality that for the first time we could see the American Dream vanish. Now, instead of working hard so our children can have a better life tomorrow, we are asking our children to work hard so we don’t have to make tough choices today.

“It’s long past time to show restraint and to make the tough choices that will help put our fiscal house in order. Generations of Americans past have often been called on to make great sacrifices for their country. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice. Is it not time for government to make sacrifices for future generations? It’s time for those elected to lead. Will we rise to the challenge, and make the tough choices necessary or will we simply hand the obligation to our children and wish them luck?

“Thanks for listening.”

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North Carolina's Senior U.S. Senator Richard Burr will be addressing the entire nation Saturday.

Burr has been selected by the Republican party to give their weekly radio response.

He's expected to talk about President Obama's troop withdrawal annoucement and the recent economic policies.

The speech airs Saturday on various stations starting at 6 AM.

Once the speech is given you can read what the senator said on

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Burrrrrrrr...If it snows, it will be cold.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 28, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    Cactus... I was just joking buddy... my TV doesn't need closed caption because Burr is making a radio address. ...Believe me.. I am one.. who is listening to everything the republicans have to say! ...Fool me twice... shame on me... :)
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 28, 2009 at 04:34 PM
    Obama wants to repay the unions for their support and MONEY during his run for president. Obama wants all road, bridge, ETC contracts be given to only union contractors. How many small contractors will be driven out? Vit of Chicago, I think that Obama has already "bailedout" the banks and insurance corporations (or will). ALPHA, you surprise me, you can't make good decisions unless you hear both sides. I know Obama is my president, but I do not beleive everything he says.
  • by Vit Location: chicago on Feb 28, 2009 at 03:27 PM
    This country will prosper if middle class are prosper, not rich peoples. most buying power and economic engine are middle class. I strongly agree with prsident Obama that no subsidise oil company, insurance, bank. We need alternative energy( solar, wind anything that get it free from nature)
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 28, 2009 at 02:34 PM
    I won't understand a word Burr is saying... because my TV doesn't have closed caption that interprets stupid!
  • by anonymous on Feb 28, 2009 at 09:39 AM
    Who cares what Burr says? I didn't vote for him (or any Republican) and I did vote for the president. The Republicans could just roll over and play dead for all I care.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ayden on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Elmo: Huh? southlaw: who mentioned Pelosi? Do you go fishing for red-herring using bait & switch?
  • by Elmo Location: NC on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    Rather to here Senator Burr give a speech than the Ten Million Dollar so call other senator we have.
  • by Jay on Feb 28, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    To Adam: You clearly have no clue about Obama's proposals. He's not "investing in middle America" as you call it. His proposals will harm all Americans, and people like you need to wise up and understand what is truly happening. Our very survival is at stake.
  • by soutlaw Location: Hertford County on Feb 28, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    Burr could whistle "Dixie" and make more sense than anything Pelosi has ever said.
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