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Representative discusses Obamacare, sequestration, and out-of-control spending in Washington
23 April 2013, Cary, NC — US Representative Renee Ellmers (R) was the featured speaker at the April meeting of the Western Wake Republican Club on Monday. The Congresswoman, who was recently re-elected for her 2nd term in the US House of Representatives made a final stop to speak to party faithful before flying back to Washington later Monday night. She was preceded on the rostrum by Habitat for Humanity’s Wake County Development Director, Melanie Rankin.
Representative Ellmers touched on a small assortment of subjects including Obamacare, sequestration and budget cuts, Mental Healthcare, and a pet legislative project (HR 1416) designed to protect local cancer treatment centers from potential funding shortfalls brought about by sequestration.
Obamacare dominated Ms. Ellmers’ comments because of its failure to improve healthcare quality and its negative impact on federal spending. According to the Congresswoman, it was the threat of the “Affordable Care Act” that drew her into the race for a congressional seat in 2010. “I knew it wasn’t the way to go,” she said. Ellmers suggested that Obamacare was a classic example of “legislative overkill” in Washington DC and indicated that the legislation is, in some respects, collapsing under its own weight. “It’s too expensive, the funds aren’t there; federal mandates are not the way to go.”
Ms. Ellmers indicated that in North Carolina, Health Insurance costs are up 65% since the law was enacted. She also suggested that the legislation is pushing the country towards an unworkable national healthcare system as hospitals “buy up” individual doctors’ practices. The antidote the Congresswoman recommended is a combination of free market reforms and legislative corrections to return control of the industry to practitioners and patients and restore Medicaid and Medicare to long-term stability.
Regarding sequestration and out of control spending, Representative Ellmers said the sequester “is actually working.” It is only a cut of 2% of the federal budget — essentially, it merely slows the rate of growth in federal spending and is not a cut at all, the Congresswoman said.
Only the Republican-controlled Congress has offered a responsible budget plan that would balance the federal budget within ten years, Ellmers said. By contrast, she pointed out, the Senate and White House budgets never balance, suggesting Democrats don’t have a viable plan to curb Washington’s profligate spending and improve prospects for out-of-work and underemployed Americans.
Representative Ellmers also fielded a few questions from the audience comprised of members and guests of the Cary and Apex Republican Clubs as well as a contingent from the noted liberal group, MoveOn.org. To a question about the repeal of Obamacare, Ellmers responded that the bill was being effectively dismantled piecemeal as provisions fail to receive funding from Congress.
When challenged about her lower-than-average rating by conservative groups, Heritage Action and Club for Growth, the Representative retorted that these organizations are not objective and “cherry pick” the legislation and votes they use to score representatives’ conservatism based on their own agendas. She said more objective organizations like the National Journal & American Conservative Union factor all legislation into their scores and they rate the Congresswoman much higher on the conservative scale—in the 90+ percent range.
One attendee challenged the Congresswoman to be as open with the public as is Representative David Price (4th District) by holding open Town Hall meetings instead of speaking only to friendly partisan groups. Ms. Ellmers accepted the challenge initially, but expressed distrust for the town hall meeting format saying it invited confrontation rather than meaningful conversation about issues. Instead, she invited the audience to participate with her in electronic (online) town hall conversations where she communicates with thousands of constituents, or to visit her website (http://ellmers.house.gov) to learn more of her policy agenda and to engage in a dialog with her there.
Meeting attendees also heard from Melanie Rankin, Development Director for Habitat for Humanity in Wake County. Ms. Rankin debunked some myths about the organization, such as the idea that Habitat homes are “free,” explaining that homeowners provide a down payment plus 250 hours of personal labor on their properties and take on an affordable 20-year mortgage. But the homes are sold for cost (no profit) and are built with volunteer labor so the program makes home-ownership accessible to many who, otherwise, could not afford it.
The Western Wake and Apex Republican Clubs are working together to organize a work day for Habitat on May 18th. Those interested can find more information on the Western Wake Club’s website at www.westernwakegop.org.
The Western Wake Republican Club meets on the 4th Monday of every month at 6pm for a social/networking hour and at 7pm for the formal meeting. Meetings typically feature guest speakers of some prominence in the GOP organization including elected officials and other policy experts as well as representatives of other community organizations with which the club may be involved. Meetings are currently being held at Mahoney’s Pub at the corner of Cary Parkway and Tryon Road in Cary. The public is always welcome.
If there was a theme for Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Western Wake Republican Club it was “vote the full ballot.” Political heavyweights, State Supreme Court Justice, Paul Newby and controversial Wake Board of Education icon, John Tedesco, headlined the event. Both men are running for state office this fall; Newby to continue his eight-year tenure on the high court, and Tedesco, to take over as State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Both offices are among several that are too often ignored on the ballot by GOP voters resulting in a failure of Republicans to prevail. Tedesco and Newby each made it a point to remind attendees of the importance of casting ballots that include these and other state-wide posts. Continue reading
Western Wake Wednesdays
WWRC brings you a great way to get involved – Western Wake Wednesdays at the Apex GOP office.
Join WWRC members, guests, friends, neighbors, families, and make calls to support our candidates and get out the vote. 6pm – 8pm every Wednesday until the election.
501 North Salem Street, Suite 103
Everyone Welcome – No Experience Necessary – Student Volunteers Invited
Get Connected Thursdays
Like to talk politics and perhaps lift a glass with like minded people? Join in with members and friends of the Western Wake Republican Club.
6pm – 8pm (or so) every Thursday night until the election!!
6490 Tryon Road
For more information on either event contact Debbie Tomasko at firstname.lastname@example.org
We had a very successful golf event at Knights Play. It was a beautiful evening and everyone had a great time. A big thank you to our sponsors: Charles Gilliam, Tom Murry, Skip Stam, Don Frantz, Don Finkbeiner, Dale Cooke, Drew Schenck, Zeke Bridges, and Bill Clark. Thank you also to our event volunteers who really helped to make every go smoothly: Brian Lehrschall, Eugene Schulze, Kim Rocha, Patrick Keenan, Nellie Greer, William Greer, Brian Lehrschall, and Michael McDermott.
And a special thank you to Andy Karras and A Special Event for setting up the Tent, Lights, Tables and Chairs! Truly a first class event!
Congratulations to the winners:
- Low Team Score – John Mathews and his team – $200 Gift Certificate to Rey’s
- High Team Score – Bill Young and the Young Republicans – $60 Gift Certificate to Mahoneys
- Putting Contest – Bill Clark – The joy of winning something!
- Closest to the Pin – Hugh Rillie – $50 Gift Certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods
Thank you again for coming!
On June 25, 2012, Brian Balfour from the Civitas Institute paid a visit to our monthly meeting of the Western Wake Republican Club to discuss the concept of wealth. Brain led off the evening with a nighttime satellite photo of the Korean Peninsula, contrasting the well-lit bright patch of free South Korea shining like the morning sun against the black hole of control we know as North Korea. The per capita incomes sharply contrast each other as South Korea clocked in with a brisk $24,200.00 vs. the stark $1800.00 of North Korea. The image faded and the talk began by defining wealth as “an abundance of items of economic value.” He then proceeded to illustrate how wealth is created by using the desert island scenario.
On May 21, Dr. Andy Taylor, a professor of Political Science from NCSU spoke with the Western Wake Republicans. Dr. Taylor first addressed the issue of voter interest in the 2012 elections; basically, his current feeling is that the Presidential race will continue the pattern of the last three elections, once again returning results that reveal a country closely divided near the 50/50 mark. Voter interest and turnout peak highest if the electorate feels that the race will be competitive and if the voters feel that there are significant differences between the candidates.
The latter portion of the evening saw Dr. Taylor sharing his findings on the timely topic of voter fraud. He related four major points, first commenting that voter fraud on a small scale will have minimal impact to the bottom line. Taylor promptly identified the real threat as coordinated waves of voter fraud. Discussion around organized voter fraud sparked a lively discussion, with people relating stories of large scale voter fraud in the Midwestern states. Taylor supported the voter id movements, but cautioned that accompanying levels of administration would still be needed for enforcement purposes. Finally, Dr. Taylor spoke to the primary concern of those opposing voter id movements, discrimination against people without proper credentials, countering that he believes that most people who vote do already have the requisite forms of id. In conclusion, Dr. Taylor, while in favor of voter id, posited that successfully administered voter id programs will not offer dramatic changes to election results; this, of course, ignited another round of discussions with states like Illinois and Ohio being labeled as corrupt.
On a related note, Ted Hicks, of the Durham County Republican Party, posted an article addressing voter fraud in North Carolina, outlining preventive steps to minimizing corruption.
Last Fall Linda Lyons was caught trying to vote twice in a tight Morrisville city council race against Western Wake Republican Michael Schlink. (http://www2.nbc17.com/news/2011/nov/08/morrisville-town-council-candidate-caught-trying-v-ar-1588559/) Personally, when I produced my NC voter card in the Morrisville 2012 primaries, they rejected my act of validation, saying, “We never check those here.”