I, like all Americans, love a tax break. When tax breaks are followed by increased spending, I get concerned. As anyone who runs a household knows, we cannot lower our income and spend more. When we do, we saddle future generations with debt they don’t deserve and didn’t ask for. It’s time to be honest with the American people, and make the hard decisions necessary to cut the deficit. Additionally, we need to do a better job of listening to federal employees who see waste in the system and identify more efficient ways of performing their jobs. State governments, including Utah’s, regularly balance their budgets. We must expect Congress to do the same.