IRON MOUNTAIN - Jobs, immigration, health care, government spending and term limits dominated the "Enough is Enough" Dr. Dan Benishek for Congress town hall meeting on Wednesday night.
The meeting was held at the Elks Lodge in Iron Mountain. Benishek, a Republican candidate who is running for Michigan's 1st District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was introduced by his campaign manager and stepson, Mick Grunlund.
Benishek said he's had enough with how government bends, twists and breaks the rules to its own way.
"There is not enough common sense. There are not enough jobs, and they have been working one year to get health care. One in six people in our district are out of work," he said. "Our biggest export from the state is our children. Let the people loose and they will create jobs and spending."
Benishek, a general surgeon in Dickinson County for 27 years, said he believes life begins at conception and ends at natural death.
"I believe in the right to bear arms and secure borders. I believe the Obama Care health care reform is a complete disaster and I will work to repeal it," he said. "I am not a politician. I am a general surgeon. I grew up in Iron River. I was raised my by mother and grandmother after my father was killed in the mine."
Benishek graduated from the University of Michigan and from medical school at Wayne State.
"I decided to run for Congress after they passed the "so-called stimulus bill" where they are spending $1 trillion of our children's taxes - money on bills they hadn't read," he said. "I will listen to the constituents and work my heart out, read legislation and abide by rules - the ultimate rule being the United States Constitution. The mess is too big and the debt is too great. America must tell Washington enough is enough."
In addressing questions from the audience, Benishek said federal deficit spending is detrimental.
"If we cut corporate taxes, products will be cheaper. People in business are hoarding their cash, not spending it," he said. "They are afraid of what might happen, and they don't want to invest. They are afraid of what is around the corner."
On immigration, Benishek said the government needs to enforce all the country's laws.
""Put behind bars those that hire illegal aliens and close the border. I don't understand why it's allowed to still go on," he said.
On health care, Benishek said it is not going to be free and easy. He encouraged everyone to visit www.docs4patientcare.org, a grassroots physicians organization that has endorsed him.
"I believe we have the best health care in the world as it stands today," Benishek said. "Obama Care will limit care and cost more. (If elected) I am going to repeal it."
On jobs, Benishek said the government doesn't make jobs, they have to let the people do it.
"Government is hurting our businesses, so we can't compete. Cut spending, and taxes can be controlled," he said.
On the country's military, Benishek said he believes in defense but not in wasting money.
"There should be no troops overseas without a declaration of war. If we do go to war, we should go to win and not be there nine years," he said.
On illegal aliens entering the U.S., Benishek said the government should close the border and use whatever rules of engagement they need in order to control it.
If elected, Benishek only plans to be in office six years.
"We need a smaller federal government. I would cut 50 percent and then more than that," he said. "The purpose of government is fill pot holes, kill terrorists and get out of the way."
On why he is running and why he should be elected and sent to Washington to get the job done, Benishek said he is from the U.P. and not a politician and has a history of solving problems and making decisions on a daily basis.
"I am going to win this election with your help," he said.
Benishek added he is willing to listen and learn from the people and appreciates all the support.
Approximately 50 people were in attendance at the meeting.
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