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Congressman Tom Graves a Hit at Town Hall Meeting

A two-hour town hall meeting with Republican Congressman Tom Graves drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Forsyth County Administration Building Wednesday.

An appreciative, standing-room-only crowd greeted 9th District Congressman Tom Graves for what could be the last time as their elected representative at a Wednesday night town hall meeting.

Every seat in the Forsyth County Administration Building was filled and those who came to listen to the conservative congressman from Ranger stood shoulder to shoulder along every inch of the back wall and out the commissioners' meeting room door.

For his part, the affable Graves spent more than two hours with his constituents, answering every question from a seemingly endless line of questioners.

Graves said the nation's debt has reached $14.5 trillion and it is critically important to stop the deficit spending.

"Two days of interest we pay to China is enough to buy one joint strike fighter (jet)," he said.

Graves said the president's idea of taxing the rich more is not the answer.

"For those who say they need to pay their fair share, let's put that in perspective. You would need 1,600 billionaires -- which we don't have in America -- and you would need to tax them 100 percent and you would still have deficit spending in Washington."

Graves said Americans now have to make some very difficult choices.

"If we don't do it now, we're putting a burden on the next generation. We'll be placing a debt on the children and grandchildren of this generation that is unbearable."

Graves fielded questions ranging from healthcare to term limits to how to stop deficit spending.

"The solution that 67 percent of Americans agreed with according to a CNN poll was cut, cap and balance," Graves said. "The Tea Party had the only solution that would have solved the problem and brought the nation together." That response generated the loudest applause of the night.

Once those boundaries are approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, Graves will represent the state's new 14th District in the northwestern corner of the state and will no longer represent Forsyth County.

Edmund Avolio September 03, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Hal, I am not advocating protectionism. In fact, if congress made the same laws apply to SOLD as MADE in US, I propose a world wide FTA with all countries. The US is putting tariffs on MADE in US, and your are right such protectionism doesn't work, it is destroying the US economy.
SOGTP September 04, 2011 at 05:21 PM
The power to stop the Federal criminals is in the hands of the state. The state legislators must pass laws to nullify the EPA, No Child Left Behind, etc. If the state legislators refuse, kick them out and find those that will.
Hal Schneider September 04, 2011 at 07:05 PM
First, we need to repeal the 17th Amendment!
Helen Hyatt September 09, 2011 at 10:17 AM
Edmund is on the money. He is 100 right. As a business owner, you cannot hire a person in the US unless you pay minimum 12 a hour, otherwise they would rather sit on unemployment. Health care minimum is 500 per month per person, 1,000 for a family, even at 0 percent tax how can you complete with Vietnam, at 50 cents a day or even the Mexican companies along the texas border paying 100$ a week, we have thank Bill Clinton for that one. The American middle class has been lost, you cannot live on credit forever, goodby American dream, hello increasing chaos.
Helen Hyatt September 09, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Lets also remember that China, Vietnam and India are not spending what tax money they do receive on wars in other countries, if we were to spend the money we are spending in Iraq and Afganistan right here in this country and fix a things, it would help. American is not number 1 at anything any more, we are still using cell phones in this country, how many times do you get a dropped call or no signal, even Africa is now using satilite phone, you can phone across the world using a satilite phone, on a cell phone I cant even phone the guy down the street without a problem, we need to MOVE AHEAD. Bill you should really get out of your guilded American suburban home and just take a look around a how the rest of the world operates. 4G give me a break, Japan has 16 G download, congress should madate the big companies that rule America, we need to move ahead. Also on the subject of 0 percent tax for corporations, if you run a company you can create 0 percent profit if you want and therefore 0 percent tax just by adjusting your incentives to the personel, like giving the CEO a couple of million, reducing the profit and therefore paying no tax.Duh, oldest trick in the book of running a company.

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