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Rep. Johnson: End out-of-control spending



Published: Wed, May 18, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

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U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Poland, R-6th

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-6th, said he was elected to cut federal spending, create jobs, reduce the size of the federal government and repeal health-care changes.

“Every vote that I’ve taken, thus far, has moved us down the road on those goals,” he said Tuesday at a Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber breakfast at the Holiday Inn in Boardman.

Johnson of Marietta said he opposes increasing the national debt limit — which is $14.3 trillion and was hit Monday — unless legislation includes certain provisions.

Those provisions include trillions of dollars of spending cuts, reforms to cut taxes and a balanced-budget amendment.

“The debt is a symptom of the disease called out-of-control spending,” Johnson said.

Johnson also said President Barack Obama could quickly lower gas prices by announcing a national energy policy to make the United States “energy secure” in 10 to 15 years. That would include drilling for oil and natural gas, using coal, looking at nuclear power and alternative-energy sources, he said.

Johnson called for drilling the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale, two underground formations in and near this area that are believed to contain large amounts of natural gas.

“We could be sitting in the midst of a Saudi Arabia of natural gas,” he said.

When asked if he is supporting a presidential candidate in next year’s Republican primary, Johnson said it was too soon. He also said he hasn’t made up his mind about endorsing a candidate.

He added: “We’ve got some strong candidates. There’s no question about that. And I think we’ve got candidates that are saying the kinds of things that the American people want to hear: Stop the out-of-control spending, develop an energy policy, fight the war on terror, protect America, put America first, take advantage of the fact that America is exceptional and reassert America’s exceptionalism as a way of life. So I think there’s going to be some very strong candidates.”

Johnson spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, including working with special- operations forces on their information-technology needs.

Johnson also praised the special-operations forces members that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 1.


Comments

1timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Johnson , I've read and listen to on the air waves . You've express (YOUR) ideas that make no sense at all. Insurance all people . And as the 1ST statement said we pay for it any way weather one has Insurance or not ! Your always putting down Social Security and Medicare . While (YOU) receive a pension from the Military and Your Major Medical coverage for you and your family . Now why should I pay to keep your family ? And how come all your proud Soldiers weather a private or an officer haven't taken any cuts at all ? While relying on the Tax Payer to pay you ! And all you do is Protect Companies that have NOTHING IN COMMON with regular American people. Nothing is said to CURB the wasteful spending of the Pentagon. Your a user of Socialism when it Benefits you and your kind period !! Reminds me of the other Johnson in Summitville ,Oh. (GOP Pres.) that's using the Tax Payer Money for removal of Asbestos Kills after making a PROFIT on them. After going through the Port Authority to get a Grant. Then the Port Authority sells it back for a dollar after using the Tax Payer ! Your a bunch of lying Republicans period !!!!

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2OhioAtty666(19 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The Republican party in Ohio doesn't care a whit about the Mahoning Valley, and the Democratic Party only cares when they need our votes to carry elections. Why should an ultra-conservative Republican from Marietta be the congressional representative for large segments of people who live in metropolitan Youngstown? And, that question goes almost equally well for the time when Democrat Ted Strickland, of Lucasville, was our congressman. I will give the Dems a bit of a pass-card on this, however, since the gerry-mandering process occurred on the Republican's watch in Columbus.

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3m8ke_the_call(105 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

timOthy;

I can barely understand what you are saying. Your lacking of sentence strucure and cohesion only furthers my opinion of people who will vote democrat no matter what because they can't even think for themselves.

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4m8ke_the_call(105 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

OhioAtty666;

The taft building, biz incubator (dont let timmy lie to you, that was funded largely though GOP governors) and alot of other growth in Mahoning county would seem to disagree with you.

What have your 'superb' democrats such as Gerberry and Hagan done for the area? JACK. yet people keep electing them.

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5iBuck(219 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So, auction off the Taft building. Stop putting government officials in palaces but in the all-around cheapest quarters that can be found.

Get government out of the electricity and potable water business and ban local monopolies on these and telecommunications.

Eliminate the unconstitutional National Socialist Health Care Perversion/PPACA/HCERA/Obamacare, the Socialist Insecurity Abomination, Medicare, Medicaid. Revoke the charters and funding of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Sallie Mae, and the Federal Reserve. End the Ag subsidies. Eliminate the unconstitutional HUD and most of the unconstitutional Dept. of Educationism (keep the NCES which is needed to fulfill the requirement of the executive branch to track and report to congress on the state of the union). Cut most of NSF and NIH. Eliminate NEAH, CPB and NPR. Cut the US Dept. of Energy.

Eliminate both the Ohio and federal income extortion (repeal the 16th amendment), cut property extortion and cap normal import tariffs at 10% (100% for penalties). Require the federal government to beg to the states for funding. Repeal the 17th amendment so that US senators are selected by the states; of course, each state government could chose to use a popular election, appointment by the governor with confirmation by the state senate, election by a majority or super-majority of each house of the state legislature, etc.

Make the transition from hobby to business easier by eliminating or reducing registrations and taxes and other burdens on mom & pop businesses.

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6timOthy(802 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

m8 call, And your what an English teachers of Bold Face Lies ? Do you understand that fool ?

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7m8ke_the_call(105 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I can see the climate for debate here is nonexistent. When you dont have the footing to debate, just insult the other person. Classy :)

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