published Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Chattanooga: Corker advocates cap on federal spending

Without permanent changes to how the United States spends money, many important social programs cannot continue, Sen. Bob Corker says.

Speaking Tuesday to a group of nearly 300 lawyers and judges, Corker, R-Tenn., outlined part of a proposal he supports and is traveling during the Senate’s recess to promote — a “binding cap on federal spending.”

The featured speaker at the Chattanooga Bar Association’s annual Law Day event this morning, Corker drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

He advocated limits on spending and reform of Medicare and a close look at changes to Social Security and Medicaid programs. He called the lack of action on debt the “greatest threat to our country’s sovereignty, security and economic growth.

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llamapop said...

I am an independent voter. Senator Corker is a 52 year old man with lots of money made in business who spends our time carrying water for Lamar and the Party. Any competent businessman knows that (1) no business has laid off its way into prosperty and (2) he would not do this strategy of "pick a number and stick to it" in his own business. The problem with Medicare for example is with the providers--all the different types--from plain billing fraud to simply not making cost efficient decisions in their patient's care. Believe it or not much of these problems are addressed in -- hang on-- what is referred to as "Obamacare." On the economy, states are cutting way back and if the feds do also where is the money going to come from to fuel the recovery? You talk about tanking the economy! The reductions in spending have to be worked out methodically and with almost surgical precision to avoid an economic catastrophe. Bringing our troops home would not be a bad idea, for example. The tornado damage and FEMA and SBA's participation should aid all parts of the housing industry over the next year. I have said this before. It is time to find Bob Corker's replacement be he/she a Republican, Democrat or independent so long as they are thoughtful and vote their own conscience derived from their constituent's wishes.

May 31, 2011 at 9:14 p.m.
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