Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla., delivering the Republican party's weekly address, seized the opportunity to bash Democrats for fiscal imprudence.
"In the book of Proverbs it says a wise man leaves an inheritance for his children's children; unfortunately Washington is consuming our children's inheritance," Lankford said. "Americans get it: Washington overspending is now dragging our economy down rather than lifting our families up."
Lankford cited President Obama's tardy submittal of his budget to Congress in four of the last five years - and the Democratically-controlled Senate's inability to even pass a budget for almost four years - as evidence of poor financial stewardship.
However, "With the swearing in of a new Congress and the inauguration of President Obama," Lankford said, "this is an opportunity for a fresh start."
"But because government debt really does affect all of us," Lankford vowed, "Republicans will not simply provide a blank check for uncontrolled spending, irrational borrowing, and constant nickel and dime tax increases."