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Congressman Bill Flores (R)
Location: Texas (17th district)
Affiliation: Republican
Website: http://flores.house.gov/
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Economy
fredric williams Posted 4 years ago
I listened to your message comparing the Federal Government's finances to those of a home owner. You have considerable experience in business, so surely you know that there are vast differences. Government isn't managed by a CEO, it lacks flexibility, it earns little income, and its expenses have been greater than its revenue for nine out of ten years. Don't you think this is totally UNLIKE the individual's financial situation?
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John S. Posted 4 years ago
Most change is difficult and one at the size and scope of the federal government is not an easy task to accomplish. However, greater tasks have been by Americans when they approach it with a unified will not the bickering power grabs going on in DC. It just seems to me the course we are on is taking our nation on a track similar to other failed societies. If we don't try to restore American now by addressing the overblown spending in Washington DC now then when would be an appropriate time to start.
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fredric williams Posted 4 years ago
It is tempting to see the federal government as just one big household. However, if we are to seriously deal with the current problems, it is important that we understand them -- not just find a convenient (if false) analogy.

I agree with the Congressman that Government can (in theory) create an environment which assists (or at least does not discourage) growth. However in practical terms, the Government currently manages the economy (despite its lack of skill in this area). This qualifies the US as a socialist state under the usual meaning of the word. Unwinding would be difficult.
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John S. Posted 4 years ago
Shouldn't the government live by some fiscal rules similar to how we operate on a personal/family level. The debate today will only be solved when a clear path to a federal surplus is created and there are few in DC with experience or leadership to accomplish this.
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Fiscal Responsibility
Cathy Calloway Posted 4 years ago
Rep. Flores, My income was reduced due to the economy and I cut expenses. Why can't the government cut expenses and live within their means?
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Congressman Bill Flores Posted 4 years ago
VIDEO: Rep. Flores responds to Cathy's question, "why can't the government live within their means?"

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Jerry Griner Posted 4 years ago
AS long as obumer and the dumocrats are in office it will only get worse, we need Republicans to stand up and stop these idiots in DC
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Zombies Ahead Posted 4 years ago
Cutting expenses is fine, but wouldn't you like to have some more income as well in order to pay your bills?
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Linexof Brevard Posted 4 years ago
Because the Government doesn't "have any means", they live off of you.
With the ability to print money and take from you at the point of a gun, they have exempted themselves from the need to act like the rest of us.
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PJ Perry Posted 4 years ago
Sad part it any decent CPA could cut 2% of an overall budget for any household, business or even the government. If they can't get it resolved, hire smart outside help - matter of fact there are probably 1,000 patriotic CPAs who would do it for free.
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Peter Halvorson Posted 4 years ago
What about the people subject to the random cuts to jobs that people will suffer from these arbitrary cuts?
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Homeland Security
R DePasquale Posted 5 years ago
What is your view on the gestapo tactics by law enforcement in Boston? We are not under martial law!
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Other
Zombies Ahead Posted 5 years ago
It is painfully apparent that our elected officials lack the skills and knowledge to accomplish anything and this has substantial impact on the electorate. Please support https://www.facebook.com/DisclosureOfCandidateCompetencyAct
so we can get qualified candidates and get something done.
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Manny Morales Posted 5 years ago
Did you see some of the Dana Rohrabacher video responses? He lays it out with no BS and tells the truth about what's going on behind the scenes. Let's hope more of these Congressmen and women start talking honestly.
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Technology
TellDC Team Posted 5 years ago
Congressman, welcome to TellDC. We look forward to connecting you to all of your Constituents in Texas through ongoing and meaningful debates over the issues facing South Texas' 17th District and the Country.
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Economy
TomS Posted 5 years ago
IF you folks, we elected, would "cut" all the PORK from the Federal Budget, you could probably negate the deficit!

Start doing what we sent you to Washington to do, GET the Goverment on track~!
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Lynn Warner Posted 5 years ago
Thomas, I agree there are some valuable programs but I am of the belief that the pork shouldn't be slipped into a totally unrelated bill for funding. I remember a few years back there was a movement to allow the American people a chance to read the bills before they are passed to see who is loading it up with pork - guess that never happened. Also, I think we wouldn't be in this fiscal mess if there was reform in the way bills are considered, then altered then passed.
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Thomas Barnes Posted 5 years ago
Some earmarks are good, but they should pass on their own merits and not have to be slipped by us on the tail end of a more needed bill.
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Other
James Cooksey Posted 5 years ago
This may very well be why Obama won the key states:
http://youtu.be/ILJDudUpct0
See what you can do to get the ball rolling on this:
I think Congress should form a 10,000 member team to verify EVERY vote that was cast in the last election. The simplest way would be to broadcast that anyone that had lied on the voter registration that came forward and confessed, would be granted amnesty in the third degree felony. If they do not come forward, they will be prosecuted if found.
Please respond!
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Lynne VanHouse Posted 5 years ago
I just posted your link to my wall--I agree that this solution to a bad count just might work! I wonder if anybody in DC will actually consider it?? Oh, wait--they already KNOW it was a bad count in favor of BO--what was I thinking?
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