Benishek Plan: Four Steps to Stop Washington's Runaway Spending

Press Release

Date: Oct. 20, 2010
Location: Iron Mountain, MI

Iron Mountain Doctor Defines Needed Spending Limits to Halt Federal Red Ink

Dr. Dan Benishek, candidate for Congress in Michigan's 1st District, today said he would press for Congress to take four major steps to limit federal spending and reduce the deficit: A hiring freeze on non-security positions, a ban on for-profit earmarks, a national cap on spending pegged to GDP, and operational audits.

The Iron Mountain surgeon said, "If Congress is serious about protecting our way of life, then Congress must get serious about structural spending limits. As a Member of Congress, my goal will be to press for four major changes to curtail unchecked federal red ink."

"First, we need to put in place a national spending cap to ensure federal expenditures go no higher than a fixed percent of the gross domestic product. Second, Congress needs to halt the corrupt for-profit earmarking process. Third, we need a federal hiring freeze on non-security positions. Finally, we need to streamline major programs with "FedEx-style' efficiency through operational audits. In my view, these four steps represent real reforms to control spending and reduce the deficit," Dr. Benishek explained.

"On the present course, the national debt is projected to double from 2008 to 2015 and grow to 100% of the gross domestic product. That is simply unsustainable and why these serious spending reforms must be implemented by the next Congress," Dr. Benishek concluded.[1]

Dr. Dan Benishek is a surgeon from Iron River, Michigan and the Republican nominee for Congress in Michigan's 1st Congressional District. Please visit his website at

[1] "Based on the 2010 U.S. budget, total national debt will nearly double in dollar terms between 2008 and 2015 and will grow to nearly 100% of GDP, versus a level of approximately 80% in early 2009." Source: U.S. federal budget statistics,