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Sen. Candidate Cotton speaks to Lions Club

Posted: August 19, 2014 - 5:23pm

Congressman and Republican U.S. Senatorial candidate Tom Cotton spoke at the Conway Noon Lions Club meeting on Tuesday as part of his “Arkansas First” tour of the state.

Cotton said that he had lost patience “waiting around” for solutions to problems he described as wasteful spending, a flawed health insurance system and “politicians and bureaucrats in Washington [that] think they know better than we do in Arkansas how to run our lives and businesses.”

Cotton said that he would work to reform U.S. tax code to make it “simpler, fairer and flatter,” and also to reduce the 35-percent corporate tax rate.

Cotton, a retired U.S. Army Infantry Officer also said that a $1 trillion reduction in “our military’s baseline budget” reflected a soft military stance by the current administration that he said had emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin and may have contributed to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine and the rise of the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq, which he said was “too extreme for even some elements of Al-Qaeda.”

Cotton also criticized the administration’s efforts to cut back on coal-fired electricity production in Arkansas, saying that it would result in an unprecedented spike in utility costs while coal-fired electrical generations plants are “extremely clean and efficient.”

He opposes the Affordable Care Act, saying he would favor changes to private health insurance including letting people shop across state lines, letting small businesses pool resources to insure their workers and allowing self-employed and near-retirement workers to get the same tax breaks as businesses.

On immigration, Cotton said a more secure border and enforcement of our existing immigration and amnesty laws would help solve what he said was a problem of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border, and in response to a Lion member’s comments about a Malaysian student whose nursing degree wasn’t enough to extend her stay in America, Cotton joked that she could consider going to Mexico and crossing illegally.

He also cited Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s “sitting” on bills as a reason for inaction by the U.S. Legislature, saying that Reid “has used the tools of Senate procedure … to the detriment fo the people we serve.”

Quoting Ronald Reagan Cotton said that the solutions to these problems “are simple, but they’re not easy.”

Cotton is running against incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor.

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c'mon man
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c'mon man 08/20/14 - 12:38 pm
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Hey, hey, hey

Don't beat around the bush. Tell us how you really feel!

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/20/14 - 05:45 am
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Have your cake

Another politician who says you can have your cake and eat it too. He wants to restore $1 Trillion to the military budget while cutting the corporate tax rate and making the tax code "flatter", a code word for cutting taxes on the wealthy. On top of that, he wishes to increase our foreign entanglements and blames the current administration for the situation in Ukraine. Would he have us put troops on the ground there? Or bomb Russian troops on the border with Ukraine?

On several levels, Mr. Cotton, no thanks.

lachowsj
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lachowsj 08/26/14 - 09:19 pm
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Affordable Care Act

Rep. Cotton is sticking with his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, though he is beginning to add some nuance to his opposition. That opposition must be harder and harder to justify as Arkansas leads the nation in the reduction of percentage of uninsured. And now the news comes that premiums in Arkansas will, on average, drop more than 2% in the coming year. Before the ACA, premiums were increasing 6-10% every year. Health care reform is working even better than predicted. So I expect we will hear less and less from Rep. Cotton on that subject as the campaign progresses.

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justwantdanews 08/27/14 - 01:50 pm
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Too Many Facts!

You are adding to many facts to the overhyped rhetoric! People don't like facts to make educated choices anymore. If people actually started paying attention to the way these politians votes, rather than these sound bites on the commercials, politicians might actually start trying to do their jobs again.

justwantdanews
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justwantdanews 08/27/14 - 01:47 pm
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There's just something about Tom . . .

I don't know, but there's just something about Tom Cotton that doesn't sit well with me. He votes against bills that would be normally a no brainers and good for the state. Then he give his reasons why and it just doesn't add up. I just don't like the look of the guy, he just looks sneaky.

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lachowsj 08/28/14 - 09:30 pm
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The more the merrier

Pennsylvania has become the 27th state along with the District of Columbia to agree to a medicaid expansion. Gov. Tom Corbett becomes the 9th Republican governor to sign on.

Tom Cotton is already sounding much less shrill than his fellow Republican Ted Cruz who has pledged to fight to repeal every word of the Affordable Care Act. The benefits are becoming harder to explain away and opposition is slowly fading. This issue may be what puts Pryor over the top.

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