As national debt reaches $27 trillion, our nation faces an unprecedented fiscal crisis. The average Texans works about a third of the year until mid-April just to pay all the taxes they owe – in 1900, Americans worked less than three weeks to fund their taxes.1 The more government takes, the less free families become. Rather than government taking even more, Washington should rein in and prioritize our current federal spending. As a small businessman, I know firsthand how excessive taxation cripples our small business community, which is the engine for economic growth. Lower taxes on families and small businesses give Texans greater control in our everyday lives.