U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens) contends that President Barack Obama didn't keep his promise to the American people when he vowed to reduce wasteful spending.
Rep. Broun visited Thomson last Friday, accusing the new Democratic president of pork barrel spending. He spent nearly an hour in a one-on-one interview with The McDuffie Mirror talking about a variety of topics, including the economy and his support of officials at McDuffie Regional Medical Center in Thomson being granted critical care access designation.
"President Obama recently had the opportunity to keep his promise to the American people to reduce wasteful pork projects by vetoing the ominous omnibus package," Rep. Broun said. "But he decided, instead, to sign the bill, which contains nearly 8,000 earmarks - totaling billions of dollars."
Rep. Broun said such a move by the president was disappointing.
"In these tough economic times, when Georgia families are tightening their budget belts, it was irresponsible to ask them to spend billions of dollars on Mormon crickets, tattoo removals and pig manure research," Rep. Broun said. "I was very disappointed that the president failed to keep his commitment to veto that pork-plagued bill."
The omnibus plan includes nine appropriations bills with a price tag of $410 billion, Rep. Broun pointed out.
The congressman said he believes that President Obama signed the bill "because it was a payback to the liberal entities that elected him."
Rep. Broun said he ran for political office to serve the people of the 10th District of Georgia and to make "some radical changes" that need to be made in government, such as limiting government.
Rep. Broun said he also wasn't pleased with the recent bailout of Chrysler, General Motors and Ford.
"Supporting them and their unions is hurting small business and merely building a bigger government," Rep. Broun said. "It's moving from freedom to Marxism. I do everything I can to stop it."
If things continue to progress the way they currently are in Washington, D.C., Rep. Broun predicts that it will push the country from being in a deep recession to a "frank depression. We're working in that direction right now."
On another issue close to home, Rep. Broun said he's supportive of the push by local hospital officials to get critical care access designation for McDuffie Regional Medical Center.
"I'll do anything that I can to make that happen," Rep. Broun said, emphasizing that the status helps ensure the local hospital's financial viability.