US Congressman Luke Messer, Congressional District Six, was the keynote speaker Thursday night at the Annual Decatur County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.
In his address to a crowded audience at the Decatur County Community Schools District Administration Building (formerly A to Z Occasions), Messer highlighted some his experiences and legislative priorities during his first year in Congress.
While acknowledging the horror of the recent school massacre (and latest in a string of such events) in Newtown Conn., Messer told the gathering that the US Constitution’s Second Amendment must be protected. He also bemoaned Federal government’s out-of-control spending, calling for greater restraint while touting a recently-approved budget in the US House of Representatives (which is controlled by Republicans). That budget, the Congressman said, would, among other things, balance the Federal budget in 10 years, while repealing the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ObamaCare) and protecting Medicare and Medicaid benefits for older Americans.
Conversely, he added, a recently-approved budget in the US Senate (which is controlled by Democrats), would balance the budget in around 40 years while raising $10 trillion in taxes. The House budget wouldn’t raise taxes, according to the Congressman.
Messer sounded alarms regarding the financial solvency of both Medicare and Social Security. Medicare, he said, will go bankrupt in 10 years unless something is done to save it. The US government is already spending more on Social Security than it takes in for the program, he added.
Much to his audience’s approval, Messer also took a few good-natured shots at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and the fiscal policies of President Barack Obama.
Other speakers at Thursday’s dinner included State Representatives Randy Frye (R-Greensburg), Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) State Senator Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg), and Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert.
Herbert gave special recognition to Messer, in the form of a plaque commemorating both his graduation from Greensburg Community High School (GCHS) in 1987 and the boys basketball team’s 2013 Class 3A State Championship (Messer himself played basketball at GCHS).
Decatur County Auditor Tami Wenning told the Daily News that the Lincoln Day Dinner, besides being a party fund-raiser, is a primary means for Decatur County Republican Party members to meet current office holders and make certain they’ve made correct choices in recent elections.
The dinner is always important, Wenning said, but it takes on a distinct tenor in non-election years, when officials aren’t campaigning and running for office. Besides major leaders of the Decatur County Republican Party, the dinner frequently attracts Republican Party leaders from surrounding counties as well, Wenning said.
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