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I recently attended a meeting with U.S. Rep. John Barrow in Evans that The Augusta Chronicle covered in its Oct. 8 edition. Barrow appears to be a very able politician, as his answers to questions were geared to please his audience. But upon further analysis of his answers – and more importantly some omissions in his answers – I concluded it would be very hard for this fiscal conservative to vote for him.

One of the better questions of the morning came late in the session from a gentleman who asked: Given the state of the budget, what should we as citizens be willing to give up? The congressman picked an easy target of waste in the federal government, saying he supported a 50 percent cut in travel allowances for federal employees, and that Washington buys too many cars for the vehicle pool used by the federal government. If both ideas were implemented the savings could be approximately $5 billion, according to the congressman.

But that prompts the question of whether either will be passed. If you are like me, you have your doubts. While $5 billion is a lot of money, anyone who can do arithmetic knows the budget outlay problem is about entitlement reform. The congressman conveniently omitted that area.

When asked if there were enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution if House Speaker John Boehner would allow a vote, Barrow answered in the affirmative, and subtly put the blame on the speaker. If one listened closely to the details in Barrow’s comments, you’d have noticed that he has voted against Congress getting subsidies to participate in Obamacare, and that he favored a repeal of the individual mandate to buy health insurance. That is the last bill passed by the House with a continuing resolution and not passed by the Democratically controlled Senate. So why would Barrow blame the House when it has passed a bill with provisions that Barrow favors?

Because you are in the Democratic Party.

One of my favorite exchanges was when a woman in the audience spoke about a recent trip to Washington and found the U.S. National World War II Memorial closed, and asked who had made that decision. The congressman said he did not know, but there would be plenty of investigations into that matter. Really? That answer should be attainable in about 30 minutes, and then time could be spent on the investigation into alleged abuse of power by the Internal Revenue Service.

Barrow mentioned several times the need for leadership in Washington. While I am unhappy with the Republican Party, when I look at the leadership of the Democratic Party – President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – I remain Republican by default.

Charlie Bussey

Evans

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localguy55
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localguy55 10/11/13 - 08:04 am
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I wrote a letter to Mr.

I wrote a letter to Mr. Barrow about the President's abuse of power and this is what he wrote back.

This is John Barrow. Thanks for contacting me about the government shutdown that took effect this week, ending funding for federal government operations. As a result, you'll begin to see limited services available from the government in a number of areas. It's unfortunate that partisanship has led to the first government shutdown in 17 years. I'll continue to work during this time to find common ground to get the government running at full capacity again. A pro-longed shutdown will only damage our community and our economy.

With a limited federal workforce, my staff and I will be available each weekday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist residents of the 12th District with claims related to veterans, Medicare, and Social Security benefits or other issues. More information is available at barrow.house.gov/shutdown. As always, please don't hesitate to call us at (202) 225-2823 with any questions or concerns.

Thanks again—

Congressman John Barrow

Typical form letter with no substance. I responded by telling him he was like all other Democrats and that is why he would never get my vote. I ended by telling him to go pound sand.

This is the reason these types of politicians need to be thrown out of office and replaced with people that work for our betterment and the betterment of our country rather than for their own enrichment.

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Jon Lester 10/11/13 - 09:48 am
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The CSRA depends too much on federal money

and you know it. Everyone should think hard about their willingness to change the area economy for the good of the nation.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 10:18 am
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Jon Lester @ 9:48

"and you know it. Everyone should think hard about their willingness to change the area economy for the good of the nation"

This is true about The CSRA depending on federal jobs income. I believe we could all agree on lowering federal jobs salaries BEFORE the gov. has to have large lay-offs.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/11/13 - 10:23 am
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@JL--an interesting

@JL--an interesting observation

Everyone wants less government but during the last time Ft. Gordon was threatened with closure, politicians of both parties were scrambling to save it. Now which is it? Too much government or just too much government when in the next guy's backyard?

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Truth Matters 10/11/13 - 10:29 am
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Barrow's letter... I agree it

Barrow's letter...

I agree it sounds rather generic, but given the mess we are in because politicians have promised the moon and stars to some constituents, I can appreciate a cautious statement that he will be working to get the government reopened.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 11:10 am
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"Barrow appears to be a very able politician, as his answers to questions were geared to please his audience

YEP, that is a proffesional politician for you, whether Democrat or Republican!!

carcraft
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carcraft 10/11/13 - 11:20 am
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Sent an E mail to Barrow's

Sent an E mail to Barrow's office about the congressional 75% subsidy for the affordable care act! Still haven't heard back!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 01:46 pm
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carcraft @ 11:20

"Sent an E mail to Barrow's office about the congressional 75% subsidy for the affordable care act! Still haven't heard back"

Probably won't get an answer via e-mail. You will probably have to wait about a month to get a writen letter.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 01:52 pm
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"Given the state of the budget, what should we as citizens be willing to give up"

I believe the only ones the gov. is going to eye for reductions are the people on Soc. Sec. and Medicare, because; you know; these are going broke, BUT MEDICAID is always funded!! You know, THE FREE medical insurance??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 01:54 pm
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"If both ideas were implemented the savings could be approximately $5 billion, according to the congressman"

What percentage is that of the budget, LIKE LESS THEN 0.005%??!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 01:58 pm
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"Because you are in the Democratic Party"

The House Republicans HAVE GOT to be realistic about what The Senate passes and The President signs!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 10/11/13 - 02:01 pm
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"I remain Republican by default"

This is a sad, but very accurate statement for most Americans about BOTH parties!!

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nocnoc 10/11/13 - 06:27 pm
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Was expecting a Dog and Pony Show

but ended up getting the same old song and dance routine.

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