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  • Pompeo gets to know Pratt County

  • People have to be willing to go into battle to win the war. Mike Pompeo says that’s why he ran for Congress. He saw the country spending money it didn’t have and moving toward breaking the bank.


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  • People have to be willing to go into battle to win the war. Mike Pompeo says that’s why he ran for Congress. He saw the country spending money it didn’t have and moving toward breaking the bank. Rep. Pompeo, who attended the Pratt County Fair Livestock Auction Saturday with his wife Susan, says the government has to have fiscal accountability and he was willing to go to D.C. to help make that happen.
    Following redistricting, Pratt County was moved from the First District into the Fourth District where Pompeo is the Congressman. He is traveling around the district getting to know the people in the new areas of his district.
    The shooting in Aurora, Colo. has people thinking about gun control. Pompeo said the shooting was an incredible tragedy but he didn’t believe there was any federal policies that could have helped prevent the shooting.
    As far at government spending goes, it’s easy to think that passing one more law will take care of the problem.
    The fact is that American institutions other than the government often have better solutions than come out of D.C. Washington often thinks they know best and that’s often a big mistake.
    The country is still dealing with health care, education and a host of other issues but if the country doesn’t get the budget under control the rest won’t matter.
    Pompeo said he saw three issues that were keys to getting the $15 trillion deficit under control.
    First: People have to get back to work. A growing business will promote economic growth.
    Second: Medicare and Social Security have to change and those are difficult issues for congress to face. That can be a quick way to become an ex-congressman, Pompeo said.
    But the fact is that Medicare, as it is known now, is gone and it has to have substantial changes.
    “It just doesn’t work,” Pompeo said.
    Those over 55 should not see any changes but Pompeo said the system needs more competition to function better.
    Third: Its going to take leadership to make these changes happen, leadership that has to be straightforward about spending, Pompeo said.
    And everyone in Congress is going to have to get involved. Everyone has to be willing to make sacrifices in their programs because the government simply doesn’t have the money to fully fund everything.
    For too long America said yes to everything and the end result was a $15 trillion deficit.
    Taking money from one group will not fix the problem. Everyone will have take part. The country has to get to the point where the government spends only what money it has, Pompeo said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The government must be willing to revisit programs that don’t work. When No Child Left Behind came out, administrators across the country thought it was great but it drew teachers into a mode where they were teaching to the tests and unable to do their job. 
    “It stopped their ability to teach,” Pompeo said.
    The one size fits all was the big government solution and it did not work. The teachers have to have the capacity to meet the kids where they are.
    To make the country work again the fighting between parties has to stop. A lot of smart people work in Washington but it’s going to take a bipartisan effort to get all these smart people working together.
    The change can happen. Pompeo said he was optimistic. American’s don’t like what they are seeing in Europe and don’t want that to happen here.
    “I think Americans have had enough of this,” Pompeo said.
     
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