-By Warner Todd Huston
WJBD radio of downstate Salem (just east of St. Louis) reported on the Marion County Lincoln Day Dinner at which appeared Congressman John Shimkus (R, 19th District).
who told the assembled crowd that Obamacare was “a step toward socialism.”
“I just wish we could start over. We are not doing this to say don’t do anything. But we are saying let’s get a clean sheet of paper and list where we agree and lets fix those. Then we can go again and list another series,” the Congressman told WJBD.
Shimkus says Congress also needs to deal with the huge national debt that has tripled in the past few years, rising to a level that draws questions to the soundness of the government. “We have to address entitlement programs, which means addressing social security, means testing, extending the retirement age, getting a better return on the money that you have available, addressing medicare and medicaid, Shimkus said. “This health care bill takes 500-billion dollars out of medicare. Now Medicare is already going broke, how do you sustain that?”
Shimkus was the Republican that walked out of Obama’s State of the Union address late last year and has been a stalwart anti-Obamacare advocate in Congress.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, RedState.com, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.
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