Jones puts finishing touch on luncheon

Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 06:49 PM.

It’s no wonder that Walter Jones has been elected to the U.S. House since 1994. He can be a very dynamic speaker. He proved such at the Federal Update Luncheon put on by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce and Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Jones wasn’t a wealth of information during his speech. He didn’t offer any solutions to the quagmire that is Washington, D.C. politics. He could offer no real hope that the federal budget would be straightened out — or that there would even be a budget. After all, the country hasn’t had a congressionally approved budget in four years.

He couldn’t tell us if civilian defense workers would face more furloughs next year, though he did tell us he voted against the Budget Control Act that brought us sequestration.

Instead, the Republican stressed some of the points he has been making in Washington and in various appearances in his district.

His points included that the United States needed to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan. He stressed that the wars had cost billions in dollars and thousands of American lives.

“No more money for Afghanistan,” he said. “We need to keep the money at home.”

He stressed fiscal responsibility, a point we can get behind. He talked about the lack of a federal budget and that raising the debt ceiling simply encourages more spending.

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