Deficit big concern at Broun town hall

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:27 PM
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The crowd at the Thomson Depot on Tuesday evening expressed concern about government spending and the federal deficit.

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Martinez teacher Joseph Fitts (left) and Washington, Ga., taxidermist Lloyd Johnson share their concerns with U.S. Rep. Paul Broun. The 10th District Republican was host to a town meeting Tuesday at the Depot in Thomson. About 80 people heard Broun call for restraint in federal spending.
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Martinez teacher Joseph Fitts (left) and Washington, Ga., taxidermist Lloyd Johnson share their concerns with U.S. Rep. Paul Broun. The 10th District Republican was host to a town meeting Tuesday at the Depot in Thomson. About 80 people heard Broun call for restraint in federal spending.

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., polled the audience of about 80 people, and 29 said the federal budget is their top concern. Ten said they are more concerned with jobs and the economy.

The 10th District Republican listened to applause and dissent, and invited questions, but left no question about his position.

"If you want big government," he said, "I'm not your man."

A second poll found 26 in the audience favored raising the federal debt ceiling, but with conditions. Another 16 opposed any increase in the national debt. Only two favored allowing the debt to increase without limits.

"This isn't about party," said the Athens physician, who first was elected in 2007.

"Both parties are guilty," he said. "It has to stop. If it doesn't, we're all gonna be broke."

Broun rejected the budget policies of President Obama, but didn't limit his criticism to the first-term Democrat. Broun said George W. Bush and other presidents allowed the deficit to grow.

"You see, we are getting the kind of government that the American people have demanded," he said.

He also criticized Obama and Bush about the undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Broun said most in Congress believe in larger government, in solving every problem from Washington.

He said most law schools do not teach the original intent of the Constitution.

"We have domestic enemies of the Constitution, and they're in both parties and they're sitting on federal benches," he said.

Constituents voiced concern over the economy, Social Security and other programs. Some had specific worries.

Joseph Fitts of Martinez, who is between teaching jobs, urged Broun to devote more money to education. He said more emphasis should be placed on social studies, so graduates are equipped to make the right choices.

He said the heavy emphasis on testing is "just scratching the surface" of education.

Broun told the audience that he calls the No Child Left Behind Law the No Teacher Left Unfettered Law.

"We have to get rid of those fetters," he said.

Washington, Ga., taxidermist Lloyd Johnson said more money needs to stay in the private sector and circulate in small towns.

"I have never been hired by someone who had no money," he said.

Broun repeated his call for a constitutional amendment to require a balanced budget. He said unless spending is contained, Medicare will fail within 12 years and Social Security will be gone in 25 years.

"Your Obamacard is gonna be as worthless as a Confederate dollar after the War Between the States," he said.

After the meeting, Broun, too, had his critics.

Bishop Herman Gilmore of Temple Prayer Ministry in Thomson said Broun's assessment of the economy was unfair to Obama.

"Bush got us into this mess, and Obama's trying to do the best he can," Gilmore said.

Ashley Morgan of Thomson said Broun's assertion that nine Supreme Court justices do not understand the intent of the Constitution is "a very bold and unfounded statement."

Thomson teacher Barbara Wilcher told Broun that more people need to be put to work. She said economic recovery would follow.

"We passed jobs bill after jobs bill in the House," Broun told her. "It's never gone anywhere in the Senate."

"He knows how to stand his ground," said Avis McGahee, of Dearing, who emphasized that she is the women's chair of the McDuffie County Farm Bureau.

Broun later said that he is accustomed to hearing differing points of view in his town meetings.

"I see that all the time," he said. "Some people like to think that the government has to be the whole solution to all problems. We've got to change that. The outrageous spending has to stop."

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robaroo
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robaroo 06/29/11 - 05:53 am
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Excellent! The Republicans

Excellent! The Republicans say the right things. Let's see if they are serious about cutting the deficit.

If they are serious, they will make just enough compromises with the Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and get some cuts. If all they want is brownie points, they will stone wall the negotiations and let the country default.

But I am glad to hear some politicians are at least talking about preventing bankruptcy.

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 06/29/11 - 07:28 am
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I was one of the ones who

I was one of the ones who voted to not increase debt limit ceiling. I did this and commented because if the debt limit ceiling is not raised we will not go in default because all revenue coming in will be applied to the interest on the debt or the debt itself to keep us from defaulting first. Then any other amount will go to government programs and spending. When the money runs out the funding of these run out. This will give us a balanced budget immediately. In this session I believe this is the only way to give us a balanced budget cause no liberal is going to vote for a true balanced budget. All liberals want to do is give away more money to get more votes.

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Chillen 06/29/11 - 08:22 am
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"You see, we are getting the

"You see, we are getting the kind of government that the American people have demanded"

Broun said a mouthful right there.

In America, individual liberty & personal responsibility have given way to collectivism & entitlement.

Many U.S. citizens have become so dependent on the redistributive hand of govt that they have given up their liberty for the promise of a free meal, shelter, free healthcare, free cell phone, unemployment pay for years, free utilities, etc.

All of this is given in exchange for their vote. They are literally enslaved by the politicians and U.S. Govt and they are ruining the United States of America. They are destroying freedom and liberty for their children & grandchilren. They are dooming the upper middle class, upper class and wealthy to a lifetime of high taxes to pay for the entitlement lifestyle. (and many of them are fleeing the country or at least considering doing it. Rightfully so.)

Most of the entitled are too stupid & selfish to realize what is happening. As long as they get theirs....

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Techfan 06/29/11 - 08:28 am
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FTN: Interesting how no

FTN: Interesting how no economist or bond rating agency agrees with your scenario. "The full consequences of a default -- or even the serious prospect of default -- by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar."

FAIR TAX Now
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FAIR TAX Now 06/29/11 - 09:33 am
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Well Techfan I may be wrong

Well Techfan I may be wrong on the default and how things will be paid. I am not sure but I was just discussing what I had heard. But no matter what we have got to stop spending so much. We can't do in our personal finances and the government can't do it forever or we will end up like Greece. We must stop spending and the thing that worries me is that there are some in society that don't care how much we spend just as long as the government continues to carry them. When you enslave yourself to the government they control you and you will never see the true success you can have, but that means risking failure and so many don't want to risk failure. They would rather someone just take care of them.

Chillen
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Chillen 06/29/11 - 09:58 am
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Fair Tax. Liberals will

Fair Tax. Liberals will never want to stop spending - it is literally bred into them. Even if they know we don't have the money!!

As long as the entitlement crowd gets theirs, arts programs get funding, GM & GE get billions of tax dollar money, obama gets to travel, party & play golf, etc. Then the debt and the deficit are of no concern to them. Ostriches.

Their solution? Tax more. Be like Europe. Socialism. Communism.

What they are forgetting is that almost 20% of Americans don't even WANT to work - and that is being kind. Europe isn't like that. Plus European countries are tiny - most no bigger than Georgia. Their economies are much easier to manage. But even they have trouble. Have any of you liberals heard of a small nation called Greece?!

We will never be Europe. Thankfully. I believe that the spirit of the American people is rising up again. They are demanding freedom from regulation, taxation, political power and govt spending. If our govt doesn't listen, then we may be on the precipice of another civil war or certain states seceding from the USA so that they can be free (if they do that, I'm outta here and moving there in about 2 days).

I choose the freedom & liberty side. The moonbats can have their spending, regulations, high taxes & socialism. I wish them luck, they'll need it.

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faithson 06/29/11 - 04:39 pm
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@chillen: Now here is the

@chillen: Now here is the most cogent discussion of the debt crisis I have heard. I am not a fan of Senator Colburn's social agenda, but his understanding of the debt problem is as practical as I have heard. His criticizam of other spineless Senators is especially remarkable.
http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11756
Fair tax is a pipe dream in this dysfunctional government, so we are going to have to do with what we have.

faithson
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faithson 06/29/11 - 04:45 pm
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Broun is a poor

Broun is a poor representative for our district. I hope the good people of Columbia county will pursue a competent candidate to run against him next year...

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