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					EXCERPT FROM CONGRESSMAN SPENCER BACHUS SPEECH TO
DOWNTOWN BIRMINGHAM ROTARY CLUB
AUGUST 5, 2009


If there is one common denominator in the events in Washington over the past few
months it is the substitution of the Government for the Individual. This is the disturbing
pattern in almost all the legislation proposed by President Obama and the Democratic
majority in Congress. With the so-called economic stimulus package, the multiple
bailouts, the energy legislation passed by the House or the health care proposal now on
center stage, instead of you making the choice, the government is choosing what is
appropriate for you. In large and small ways, incrementally at times and drastically on
occasions, you the citizen are losing control and your government is assuming control….

Whether it was the bailout of AIG or the domestic car makers, where you and your
elected representatives had absolutely no input, or the cap and trade (or as many of us call
it by the more accurate cap and tax), where the legislation was filed at 3 a.m. the morning
of a vote that came after a short closely controlled debate, expensive and far reaching
proposals were adopted before any opportunity for public examination and discourse was
possible. Thankfully with the health care proposal, this all too characteristic rush to
judgment has been slowed. In a democracy, debate and discourse are essential to an
informed decision making process….

Any government approach, whether in financial services, health care, or energy policy,
almost uniformly and predictable has these 3 characteristics:
1. You do not participate in the decision, although the decision is made “for your
benefit”
2. You will wait longer, whether it’s for an answer, a benefit, or a service
3. The quality suffers. If you need eyeglasses, you might wait longer. That's an
inconvenience. If you have cancer, it may be the difference between surviving and
dying. The prostate cancer five-year survival rate in the United States is 92%, in Canada
85%, in Europe 57% and in England 50%...

It is essential, now more than ever, for citizens to get involved. The health care and the
energy bills have been slowed down because the American people have demanded to
know what it is them and what impact they will have. Citizens are demanding a stop to
unsustainable federal spending. We need you to speak up and give us your best ideas
because the best solutions always come from the American people…

				
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