Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Congressman Connie Mack – “Tea Party good”

Congressman Connie Mack addresses the MI Police Foundation Luncheon at CJ’s on 9-27-10. Photo by Carole Musgrave

Congressman Connie Mack addresses the MI Police Foundation Luncheon at CJ’s on 9-27-10. Photo by Carole Musgrave

When addressing Marco Islanders at the recent Marco Island Police Foundation’s Luncheon, Connie Mack, Republican, U.S. Congressman for the 14th District of Florida, endorsed the newly released GOP Pledge to America and urged his audience to read the document. When asked (by Marco Island Councilor, Jerry Gibson) what had brought about his “epiphany,” Mack responded that earlier he had “felt we were going in the wrong direction.” Mack said he had been a “skeptic” and had “wondered if Republicans had the ability to lead, but then they produced this document to which every Republican has had input.” He added that, in the Pledge to America–a new Republican governing agenda, “All the ideas are good. If you bring a bill, you must have a constitutional reason.”

Now, with a written document, Congressman Mack believes that if the Republicans win back control of the government, the American people can hold the government accountable if they do not follow through on the pledge—if they do not do what they say they will do. He said that the Tea Party movement has been “good because it has created a catalyst in the Republican Party, and the need to come back to our core values.”

Connie Mack spoke in detail about his concern over the government’s “spending problem”, in

Iberia Bank presnts check to Police Foundation. Photo by Carole Musgrave

Iberia Bank presnts check to Police Foundation. Photo by Carole Musgrave

bailing out financial institutions and private business, which has “made our economy weaker.” He criticized the present government’s attempts to address the failing economy with programs, like “Cash for Clunkers,” which did little to improve the situation. Regarding the healthcare issue, that has been debated for more than a year now, Mack said when in Washington he “heard Democrats say ‘people want it’ but at home all [he] heard was people saying they didn’t want it.” Mack outlined the oft-heard reasons why the bill was not welcome and the need for a repeal of the bill: the need for fiscal restraint, preservation of doctor patient relations, the unknown costs, and the effect on small business owners, who hesitate to take on new employees, and so on.

The Congressman stated, “We are less secure in the world than two years ago when we had a clearer picture of the world.” He stressed his concern at the President’s approach of “turning our back on our allies and reaching out to our enemies.” He backs the pending Free Trade agreements with Nicaragua and Colombia, and disagrees with the US Government’s calling the removal of the president of Honduras a “military coup.” (The president of Honduras wanted to change that country’s constitution to make his presidency

Chief Carr addresses the Police Foundation Luncheon. Photo by Carole Musgrave

Chief Carr addresses the Police Foundation Luncheon. Photo by Carole Musgrave

permanent.) He is also disappointed with the lack of government action in response to the actions of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president. Mack believes we should be strengthening relationships with our allies here in the western hemisphere.

Several other topics were covered in Mack’s speech, with familiar Republican themes, including his belief that we need to concentrate on border control as well as enforcement of immigration laws within our borders. When asked, by Frank Recker, Marco Island Council Chair, how many seats the Congressman predicted would be taken in the upcoming election in November, he responded, “There’s a good chance we’ll take back the majority in the House, but less in the Senate this time.”

The Police Foundation Luncheon was held at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade on Monday, October, 27. Prior to the arrival of the Congressman, Marco Island Police Chief Carr welcomed members and guests. He pointed out that, from the time the Police Department began eleven years ago, crime has dropped every year. He said that, since losing two lieutenants from the force, the department had had to work “a little harder.” However, he continued to say that the department has just acquired eight auxiliary officers “free” and so the MIPD “will continue to give the service you’ve had for eleven years!”

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