Why hasn’t Obama been impeached? Is the federal government out of control?
Those were just some of the questions fielded by Congressman Tom McClintock at a town hall meeting he held on Feb. 19 with about 150 angry and frustrated constituents.
Asked prior to the meeting why some of them had come, Somerset resident Jack Fraim said, “I’m here to find out why we’re not getting rid of (House Speaker John) Boehner. Why pass a deficit increase with no strings attached? And when are we going to impeach the president?”
Chris Sarns of Placerville said he came, “to find out what he’s up to with the war in Afghanistan and the war on terror. The FBI never charged Bin Laden with 9/11 because they said they had no evidence he was involved. Most people don’t know his videotape confession had a fraudulent translation. Most people also don’t know a third skyscraper went down on 9/11. It has since been shown that Building 7, a 47-floor skyscraper, collapsed at free fall for 100 feet which pretty much proves controlled demolition. The bottom line is the war on terror is a crock of Swiss cheese — full of holes and it has an odor.”
With those kinds of questions on the minds of the audience, McClintock took the floor and discussed three topics he said have come up most frequently with constituents: Obamacare, the economy and the drought.
Saying the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) was a huge mistake, he said there is no way to fix it. Six million have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare, while only 3.3 million have actually signed up for it with about two-thirds of those being people who lost their old policies. People have also experienced big increases in premiums and deductibles, he said. Hospitals in different parts of the country are closing because of it. And in California, 70 percent of physicians won’t take patients who have been forced into Medicaid due to Obamacare.
“It simply does not work and needs to be replaced,” he said, adding that there is legislation circulating in Congress that would repeal Obamacare and give people the same tax credits given to companies to provide healthcare. That way people can buy the healthcare they want and take it with them when they change employers.
Asked why Obamacare went into effect in the first place, the Congressman said there have been multiple votes to defund or repeal it in the House, but those efforts were always stopped in the U.S. Senate.
McClintock then moved on to discuss the economy, saying it continues to languish. We have the highest use of food stamps in a generation, one-sixth of Americans and one-fifth of children are living in poverty, and we have the lowest labor participation rate in 30 years, he said.
Praising President Bill Clinton for what he did to improve the economy, he criticized President George W. Bush for increasing the level of deficit spending and expanding entitlements by the most since (President Johnson’s) great society. “Obama then took the worst of Bush’s policies and doubled down on them,” he said.
But McClintock refused to be pessimistic, saying the country had faced similar problems in the past with the economy turned around by reducing the size of the government.
However, when one resident countered that the country was going bankrupt, McClintock acknowledged that Obama had borrowed more money during his administration than had been borrowed the previous 225 years of this country’s history. We are living beyond our means and must return to the Constitution and limited government, he said.
The last topic was on the drought. Droughts are a natural occurrence, McClintock said, but water shortages are preventable, saying a major new dam hasn’t been built since 1979. Government policy has prevented new dams from being built and they are even talking about tearing down existing ones. Gov. Brown’s plan is to spend $14 billion for tunnels, but they don’t add any additional water storage or electrical generation which is what is really needed, he said.
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