Elections: Economic growth, veterans and reform focus for U.S. House candidates

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The federal government needs to get out of the way.

That was the message from David Rouzer, R-Benson, who is challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for District 7.

Rouzer was in Brunswick County last Wednesday participating in the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

McIntyre, who serves as chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Special Operation Forces, didn’t participate because of a scheduling conflict. He was in Washington, D.C., participating in an event to honor military families that same evening.

“This is the most critical election in our lifetimes,” challenger Rouzer said in his opening statement. “We have got to move this country in a very different direction.”

To do that, he pointed out, focus will have to be on cutting spending and growing the economy. He also talked about a commitment to issues that directly affect Brunswick County like a state and federal partnership for funding beach renourishment and inlet dredging. He also spoke about the importance of the national flood insurance program.

In a candidate profile submitted to the Beacon, McIntyre reiterated his commitment to this area.

“I have long fought to protect our nation, preserve our coast, honor veterans, stop illegal immigration, help farm families, improve schools, assist senior citizens and create jobs here at home,” he said. “As a member of Congress I have always been and will continue to be dedicated to improving the lives of my fellow citizens in eastern North Carolina.”

During the ABCPOA forum, Rouzer said he supports a balanced budget amendment to the constitution and is committed to working on ways to grow the economy. To do that, he said government has to get out of the way, the tax code needs to be reformed, and regulations that make it difficult to operate businesses must be reduced.

McIntyre has also said he is focused on the economy, creating more jobs and reducing regulations that make it difficult to operate businesses. He said he supports controlling government spending and a constitutional balanced budget amendment.


Veterans, healthcare

Both Rouzer and McIntyre have been steadfast in their commitments to veterans and Armed Forces.

“We need to protect our soldiers in uniform every step of the way,” Rouzer said, adding the country has done a poor job of taking care of its veterans.

“We’ve got to protect and take care of our men and women in uniform,” he said.

“Our veterans have given so much to us, and we must always honor them,” McIntyre said in his candidate profile.

During the forum, Rouzer stressed the importance of preserving and protecting Social Security for the long term, saying both Social Security and Medicare funding and viability issues need to be tackled head-on.

“That commitment needs to be kept,” he said.

When asked by forum moderator Jon Evans, WECT news anchor, if he would support a second economic stimulus package, Rouzer said without hesitation he would not, adding less government spending and fewer taxes are the way to create more jobs and economic growth.

Rouzer also said he supports repealing Obamacare and said it’s one of the biggest drags on the U.S. economy right now.

The problem with the healthcare system, he pointed out, is it has no transparency and no competition. Creating both is essential in driving costs down, he said. He also pointed out problems with the existing Medicare structure, specifically problems seniors have getting access to Medicare physicians.

He talked about problems caused by funding the Obama administration has pulled out of Medicare.

“I’m here to tell you, I’m not going to take money from one senior,” Rouzer said.

When it comes to illegal immigration issues, Rouzer supports Arizona’s immigration law and is “absolutely committed” to securing the nation’s border. He also supports a guest-worker program that would allow immigrants to work legally in the United States and then return home. He said implementing such a program would allow focus to shift to illegal immigrants who are here “for the wrong reasons.”

In closing, Rouzer related a story about being an 11-year-old boy on his family farm. He told the tale of reaching for a thermometer, which was so hot he dropped it and it broke. He said his uncle used the moment to teach him a life lesson. He took young Rouzer to the story to buy a new one.

The storeowner agreed to sell the lamenting young boy a replacement thermometer at cost.

Rouzer used that moment to draw a correlation between his experience and the 2012 election.

“We have an opportunity to get our country back on track at cost.”

If not, he said, the nation would have a huge debt of which it will never be able to recover, adding he believes in free enterprise and limited government.

 Both Rouzer and McIntyre completed candidate profiles for the Beacon. You can find their responses by going online to http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/elections-candidate-profiles.  ...