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Debt dominates Crapo visit

Medical concerns also voiced at Post Falls appearance

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:00 am

POST FALLS - Don Carll has a message on the national debt for Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to take back to Washington.

"Cut the size of the federal government," the Hayden man said during a picnic-style town hall meeting on Friday night at Q'emiln Park. "It's that simple. We have no business being in a lot of countries."

Crapo said he agrees the size of federal agencies needs to be reviewed, but there's also a feeling in Washington, not with him, that there's hesitancy to turn more responsibility over to the states because they don't have the ability to manage themselves well.

The comment drew a collective sigh from the crowd of about 175 as Crapo acknowledged Idaho is much better off fiscally than most states and the federal government.

"If the federal government managed itself like the state of Idaho, there wouldn't be a problem," Crapo said.

The federal debt has soared to about $16 trillion, which is more than 100 percent of the country's gross domestic product.

"In terms of the American dream and what is on the line for our future, I'm not sure if we've ever faced a bigger threat," Crapo said.

Crapo spoke of a "fiscal cliff" that's not years away, but one that could be reached by the end of this year after the election.

He said the debt ceiling is nearing again and the country could slip into a depression if the debt isn't dealt with soon.

Crapo is part of the "Gang of Six" - a group of three Democrats and three Republicans assigned to developing a solution to chip away at the debt.

The proposal calls for tax reform, budget cuts and changes to federal entitlement programs to reduce the debt by about $4 trillion over the next several years.

Crapo said he believes the plan would be a start on the debt, but follow-up programs will also be needed.

"It will keep us breathing oxygen rather than being under water," Crapo said, adding that it should also help the economy.

He said a large tax increase isn't a good idea as it would be a hit on small business and others in a weak economy.

Crapo said spending our way out of the debt won't happen either.

"That's like saying, 'Can you drink yourself sober?'" he said.

Concerns over Obamacare and other medical issues were also voiced at the event hosted by the Kootenai County Republican Women.

Post Falls' Gary Nystrom is on Medicare, but said he has been struggling to find a doctor for about seven years who will accept him as a patient.

Crapo agrees that there needs to be an overhaul in the way Medicare is administered because the system is failing. Roughly 50 percent of doctors don't take on new patients who are on Medicare.

"The reason for that is Medicare doesn't compensate them enough, so they have to pay out of their own pockets," he said.

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  • AnonymousCda posted at 11:09 pm on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    AnonymousCda Posts: 348

    Google "Trapwire".

  • EddieCox posted at 9:13 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    EddieCox Posts: 54

    "If the federal government managed itself like the state of Idaho, there wouldn't be a problem," Crapo said.
    Interesting statement considering that Idaho has one of the highest income tax rates in the country. But Crapo and others in his party are against income taxes, aren't they??? They want to cut spending and continue to give big tax breaks to the wealthy. Maybe he should take a REAL look at where Idaho gets its revenue and start managing the federal government more like Idaho.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 2:12 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1487

    Our esteemed senator bemoans the size of the national debt. How much money ...federal money has Crapo and our three other federal employees stopped/prevented from coming into the state of Idaho? If you ask all four if they've blocked federal dollars from reaching Idaho special interest groups they will say they've brought more federal dollars in than not. We receive as a state far more federal money than we contribute in taxes. Which is a good thing. Sounds like social welfare to me:)

  • Peter posted at 1:47 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    Peter Posts: 679

    You want to cut the debt? Then you will have to vote in those who are willing to cross political aisles to reach a compromise. A combined effort of both targeted tax hikes and cuts in popular federal programs which including defense. Reagan had to work with Tip O'Neil and Clinton had to work with Newt. It can be done. There is no reason what-so-ever we need to be outspending the next 14 countries combined for national defense. Unless you vote for those who are willing to put our country first over politics you will always have this budget stalemate in DC.

  • my own opinion posted at 8:38 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    Oh speaking of Doctors if you change Doctors make sure you are fully accepted as a patient by the new Doctor or you may get cut loose on both ends depending on your age if you are close to med-care, SS.

  • my own opinion posted at 8:33 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    my own opinion Posts: 397

    Why are wages so low? I know someone that makes just under the double digits and no more than that! They do not live in a trailer or and apartment Why do Employers pay so so low and overwork their employees or under work them? back in the day a person could earn a decent wage when they worked hard for it now seems you can make a lot on welfare and food stamps if you want to live under a rock have a child get the free dole and no more living under a rock. As for the men they just hang out and wander and both use fresh start and never start. Working my self into early grave and for what? my ever so kind employer. Give the worker a break a little raise would be nice... This is not an attack.

  • mister d posted at 7:55 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Lets see, doctors won't take new medicare patients because the government program doesn't pay them enough and Crapo want to cut government spending. Kind of ironic, maybe he will gut the medicare program since he doesn't need it anyway. Time to get rid of this lifetime politician who has helped get us into the situation we are in. Idaho is definitely not a role model state for the average American unless you enjoy poverty or came here from another state and can now live very comfortably.

  • ancientemplar posted at 7:04 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    "......................there's hesitancy to turn more responsibility over to the states because they don't have the ability to manage themselves well."

    I like that line even more.

  • voxpop posted at 5:41 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Well, heck, LMYCDA - you stole my thunder. That is a real gut-buster isn't it. Crapo has little room to talk since the national debt has SOARED during the 20 years he's been in Congress. How did that happen Mikey? I am SO sick and tired of all these moron politicians, who've been in office for 20+ years, NOW complaining about the debt - AND telling us how they need to be RE-elected so they can do something about it. The one good thing, if the Fed govt was run like Idaho, is that the entire country could struggle with life on minimum wage - like us.

  • Why Not posted at 5:31 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    Why Not Posts: 5021

    I agree LMYCDA, that is laughable because the Federal government manages itself more like California.

  • LMYCDA posted at 4:40 am on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    LMYCDA Posts: 2288

    "If the federal government managed itself like the state of Idaho, there wouldn't be a problem," Crapo said.

    Thanks for the great laugh Crapo.

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