District 14 U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, was the keynote speaker at the chamber’s monthly Georgia Power Luncheon last week. He spoke on job opportunities, the terrorist attack in Boston, sequestration, Obamacare and the September attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya.
Graves started his speech on a high note telling attendees last week he heard there were 2,400 new jobs scheduled to come to the 14th congressional district.
Then he quickly moved to national concerns.
He said Congress is looking into what happened in Boston.
“It is hard to understand when somebody attacks the way they did, and hurt so many innocent folks,” Graves said.
There are some in Washington who wanted to go straight into the political side of the massacre, but he did not, he said.
“We have to make sure Washington does not overreach,” Graves said.
He said investigators need to have time to find out what happened.
Budget cuts and sequestration were a major part of his speech.
Graves explained sequestration was a law to make sure the government does not overspend.
“You know what it means [is] something is going to get done whether Washington does its job or not,” he said.
The cuts mean some people do not get paid for days they are furloughed, but they still keep their jobs, he said.
When speaking on Obamacare, formally called the federal Affordable Care Act, Graves said he does not support it.
“It is going to be a train wreck,” he said.
Graves said funding needs to be ended and the law repealed because it is not good policy and the private sector should provide health care, not the government.
Post 1 Paulding County Commissioner Dave Carmichael asked about Graves’ thoughts on the attack in Benghazi, which led to the death of the American ambassador.
“This is an issue I hope gets more light,” Graves said.
He said there have been about 60 hearings on the subject. However, Graves said he wants one answer on the subject, not many answers.
“Accountability is lacking,” Graves said.
He then told a story about speaking to a fourth-grade class about what they dreamed to be in adulthood. The entire class told him what they wanted to be, and some had never even considered doing it before they were asked, he said.
“Only in this country can you have never done something, and dream to do it,” Graves said.