I still believe that smaller government and lower taxes are the most effective economic policies. Working Americans now pay more in taxes than at any other time in history. If you add up the costs of federal, state and local taxes, the average citizen pays more than half of his/her income to the government. There is no doubt that many pressing problems do legitimately require more federal funding, especially given the increased security desired by many Americans in the aftermath of September 11, however, we should meet these needs by cutting waste, fraud and inefficiency – not by letting Washington make another grab into the taxpayers' pockets. It is my opinion that stimulating the economy through tax relief restores consumer confidence, spurs capital investment, and creates new jobs which are critical components of economic growth. During the 108th Congress, I have supported each of the Administration tax initiatives which benefit families in the 6th District, including increasing the child tax credit, providing marriage penalty relief, and expansion of the 10 percent bracket. In addition, I support repeal of the estate tax.