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Bucshon visits Clay County

Monday, February 21, 2011

Indiana's 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon (front) listens to questions from Clay County residents as Ted Paris (background) listens. [Order this photo]
Clay County residents had an opportunity to provide questions for their Congressman Monday.

Indiana's 8th District Congressman, Republican Larry Bucshon, paid a visit to Brazil Monday, stopping at Lynn's Soda Fountain Shop for his listening session.

While there, Bucshon expressed his views on the healthcare bill, which he voted against. One resident disagreed with Bucshon, saying he believed the Congressman favored the "status quo."

"I say shame on you," the man said to Bucshon.

The man said his two daughters would be best served staying on his health insurance until they were 26, one of the many provisions included in the bill.

While Bucshon said he favored this portion of the bill, he did not favor it entirely.

Bucshon said if the bill passed, his daughters would end up on Medicaid.

"I've been in health care for years and you do not want that," Bucshon said. "You do not want your daughters on a federally run program.

"Don't get me wrong, there are huge problems with our health care. All I'm saying is the federal government can't solve the problem. It's a tough problem, but the status quo is not acceptable."

While healthcare dominated the two hours Bucshon was in Brazil, other topics came up, including fixing budget problems.

Bucshon said recently, he was involved in a debate on how to fund federal government. He said during the more than 90 hours of debating, approximately 600 amendments were considered for the budget.

However, he remained confident both sides would find common ground.

"I think there will be a compromise with the Senate," Bucshon said. "We just can't keep doing what we're doing. We're broke."

Bucshon said currently, every dollar the government spends it is borrowing approximately 40 cents.

He offered the analogy of a family that when pushed to tough times, things are cut, saying the government must cut some items.

"We're broke," he said. "We've got to quit borrowing money from people. We're trying to stop unnecessary funding. It drives me crazy that we're putting millions of dollars into things that nobody cares about.

"It's simple math. We can't keep doing it. I think the American people realize we have to get out of this fiscal mess. The President has offered up a budget that is not going to happen. It's unrealistic. But I'm seeing more moderate (Democrats and Republicans) that are starting to work together to get spending down."

This was Bucshon's first stop in Brazil during his listening sessions. He said since being elected, he has had an exciting time and has learned quite a bit regarding his colleagues.

"It's been fun," he said. "I've had a good time doing it. We want to hear what you think. Congress people are the closest to the people.

"People on both sides of the aisle, most of the people there truly believe in what they are doing."

Bucshon said he hoped to have one week for each month where he would travel around his district for the listening sessions.

"We'll be around," he said.

Bucshon said he believed Congress planned to spend the next couple of months tinkering with the nation's budget in order to get "spending under control."

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His priorities of where to cut are all wrong. He wants to cut things that will hurt the working man. Not the rich.

-- Posted by grays on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:15 AM

If we don't get to a balanced budget, and soon, that is what will hurt the working man. We need to cut EVERYTHING. And yes it will hurt, but it will hurt a whole lot more if we don't.

-- Posted by Baldgranny on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 10:58 AM

Read _Atlas Shrugged_ by Ayn Rand...Though novel form, it clearly demonstrates how capitalism drives an economy and those who work hard need to be rewarded for doing so...or they just ultimately throw up their hands and quit as well. Now I am not saying to not help those truly in need such as "widows and orphans" but we now have several generations whose only work ethic is figuring out how to extract services the government [and tax payers] provide.

We ALREADY have a federal healthcare system...It's called medicare. We just need to improve upon it and make it so those who cannot cover premiums reasonably can still have healthcare.

Sometimes the issue is that we have so many "WANTS" that we ignore our NEEDS.

Sort of like those public workers in Wisconsin...They don't realize that like the RCA workers in Southern Indiana...if they push too far, there won't be the job, even if it doesn't pay as much as you'd like for it to. The pockets are just so deep and there is nothing more to tke out of them. Wisconsin's budget is now 82% employee cost...Compare that with the 90% employee cost in our own school corporation and that tells you that though our teachers deserve all we can afford to pay them...it just might not be there to pay much longer.

I know I've tightened my belt and shifted priorities. we don't have cable TV. We don't have DVD players in our car. we keep a car until repairs start costing more than a payment no matter how old it is and how many miles it has on it. We don't have gameboys, x boxes etc etc. A lot of this is about choices. The media tells you that you need these things but if you buy them and it takes away from food on your table and from buying health insurance, poor choices are being made...

Again there are those who are truly in bad situation through no fault of their own, but "just sayin'" sometimes the easy button is to handy.

I voted for Obama because of his credibility with foreign powers. Bush junior had thrown away a lot of America's credibility but I think Obama is unrealistic as far as his spending.

Have a good day.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 6:22 PM

He had NO Credibilty with foreign powers. He was actually snubbed by foreign powers when he visited.

-- Posted by B_b is an idiot !!! on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 6:51 PM

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