Messer Expresses Concern of Government Overreach in Meeting with Residents
Congressman Luke Messer met constituents Friday morning in North Vernon. The overall theme of the Congressman's talk was the overeach and overspending of the federal government.
Messer took questions from residents, weaving them into his narrative that the United States is in real danger of losing what has made the country great. He warned residents that the America we grew up with that could nimbly solve problems is in danger of being a memory if the government continues to spend beyond it's means. Messer visited for about an hour with local residents enjoying breakfast and coffee at the White Front Cafe. Issues of concern to North Vernon residents, based on the questions asked, include the national debt and deficit, perceived attacks on the second amendment and over-reach of federal and presidential authority.
One issue brought up during the question and answer period, the perceived sense of entitlement some Americans have for housing, food, clothing and education, among other things. Congressman Messer, a Republican, says the federal government shares much of the blame in fostering that sense of entitlement.
He spoke specifically about unemployment benefits, which in some cases, extend two years depending on a state's unemployment rate. Messer says that the longer a person is giving money to do nothing, the harder it gets for them to actively search for employment. This is particularly true among those on the lower end of the income spectrum. In some cases, a new job pays, after deductions, close to what that person is receiving from unemployment. Messer spoke of situations where an employer would offer an applicant a job, only to be asked if they could begin work after they have exhausted their unemployment payments.
The Congressman stresses that the entitlement mentality is an issue that has degraded the value of the American work ethic. The Republican also spoke about recent reports in the media that speculate on a fracture in the party pitting the conservative wing against the more moderate wing. Messer says he's seen no fracture in the caucus, but he he does believe the party could do a better job of spreading their message and philosophy.