DuBOIS- Senator Patrick Toomey discussed his views on the economy, Obama
care and other issues that the people in our area felt was important during yesterday’s
visit to the DuBois VFW.
“Where I can add the most value to the senate is trying to
push our federal government in the direction of adopting policies that will
encourage economic growth and job
creation.” Toomey said.
He said that his main goals are to improve the economy and things
like Obama care, regulation on small banks and EPA regulations hurt the economy
and cost jobs.
He also said there is time to fix the debt, fix the
unemployment issues and get back on a financially stable track.
“I still think we have a window of time. We’ve still have an
opportunity to get on a sensible sustainable path. I’d like to see us get on a
path to a balanced budget.”
Environmental issues and use of fossil fuels was a divided
issue among the crowd. Toomey said that he believes it would be wrong to
possibly hurt our economy to prevent environmental problems that have not been
proven to be caused by coal fired plants or drilling.
“How much damage should we do to our economy over something that
we are not sure is the cause of the temperature increase that happened.” Said Toomey
More of what Toomey said about environment vs. economy.
One man at the meeting spoke up in honor of Martin Luther King
Jr. because it was the anniversary of his famous speech. He said that King
would have stood up against fracking and environmental damage and said he wants
,“freedom from fracking, freedom from fossil fuels and freedom for future generations
to have the world we’ve enjoyed growing up.”
Listen to what he said:
During the question and answer part he also said that Obama
care requires reform and that he feels insurance should be private, and able to
be purchased between states and that insurance companies should compete for the
“What I’ve long advocated is a system that moves toward individual
ownership and control. I’ve advocated that
we give individuals the same tax deductions when buying health insurance that
we give the employers.”
Hear more about his views on insurance and the healthcare
When the issue of gun control arose he said he does not want
to change the 2nd amendment he just believes thorough background
checks would prevent dangerous or unstable people from getting guns and doing
something tragic with them.