Mississippi Representative Gregg Harper accompanied two three-star generals and the Mississippi National Guard Leadership from Andrews Air Force base in Maryland around Mississippi Saturday, January 9th. During the day, Meridian's Key field was one of their stops and I had the chance to ask him his thoughts on various issues.
Representative Gregg Harper discussed some of his disappointments with President Obama's administration during his recent visit to Meridian.
He says we are not seeing the transparency that was promised when it comes to health care.
"What we've wound up with is behind-closed-doors, almost-in-secrecy, and you're talking about a cost that is astronomical."
He says the the Senate health care bill is written to show a cost of nearly 900-billion dollars, but the bill is showing 10 years of income and only 7 years of cost.
"That would be like us getting 10 years of income and only paying 7 years worth of bills. We'd all love to have that. If you do the true cost of 10 years of income and outgo that cost is 2.5 trillion dollars," says Representative Harper.
He says it also pushes a mandate on Mississippi of 200-million dollars a year for the next 10 years.
He also says that the Congressional Budget Office shows that if this health care plan passes, another 9 to 10 million people could lose health insurance; on top of the 30 million people the government is trying to help who don't have health insurance. He also says the bill would mean hard times for small businesses and increases in federal and state taxes. The good news, he says, is there is still a chance this bill will fail.
Representative Harper also says he is disappointed in the response to the Christmas Day terror attempt...
"The thing that disappointed me was to say that this was an isolated incident. We have to call it what it is, which is we have a situation of terror being brought forth by fundamentalist Islamic terrorists, and we're afraid to call it what it is. I think you're going to have to have a stronger approach. The most disappointing thing of all of this is the fact that we now have taken someone who intended to kill on Christmas Day almost 300 people, and we've now given them the Constitutional rights that would be afforded a U.S. citizen."
He says he hopes President Obama will make some adjustments on how he deals with terrorism.