U. S. Senator Roy Blunt is touring Northeast Missouri this week to discuss the economy and other issues that are important to Missourians. He made a stop this afternoon at our feed mill to visit with farmers, ranchers and local business owners about the issues important to us. We were honored to have Senator Blunt stop in Shelby County and visit with us.
Senator Blunt started our discussion by telling us he thinks we are at a critical time in America. He feels American’s are deciding if we are going to be our own country or if we are going “to do what everyone else is doing.” Senator Blunt talked about what a great nation we lived in and how America didn’t need to be like the “others.” (AMEN!)
Senator Blunt shared with us he feels confident the Free Trade Agreements (Panama, Korea & Colombia) will pass Congress in September. He also talked a lot about our economy and all of the burdensome regulations small businesses and farmers are faced with.
Senator Blunt was asked by a concerned citizen what could be done to put people back to work in America. Blunt had a great answer, he said the best way to stimulate our economy and put American’s back to work was to start by using our own energy. America needs to focus on using our own energy. Energy use stays about the same in good times and bad times. Why not use American energy and help stimulate our economy?
When asked about the amount of regulations being created by EPA, Senator Blunt said he would like to see NO NEW REGULATIONS for the next 18 months out of EPA. He said not only would this help the economy, it would also allow Americans to focus on their jobs and businesses. Someone asked what would the regulators do in this time period. Blunt responded by saying this would allow them more time to review the current regulations that need to go away. This comment got a chuckle out of the small crowd gathered in our office.
It was great having the opportunity to visit with Senator Blunt and share our concerns with him. He was very open to our comments and he agreed with many in our crowd, American’s need to be left alone by the government so they can run their farms and businesses. He said government needs to step out of the way. He said we need to allow businesses to create jobs and we need to stop worrying so much about the smoke coming out of the local factory. (I’m paraphrasing here but the point of his comment was that we needed to allow common sense back into our decisions). Senator Blunt pointed out the countries opening their doors to the businesses we are running off are not worried about the amount of smoke they release. While we are focusing on the smoke, these countries are creating jobs, growing their economies and helping their countries grow stronger.