By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Friday, August 4, 2017, US Representative and Senate Candidate Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) met with the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee at Carpenetti’s Pizza in Moody.
Rep. Brooks said that he has just gotten the endorsement, along with Roy Moore, of Gun Owners of America. Brooks said that more and more conservative groups are starting to figure out that this guy (Luther Strange) is not a principled conservative.
Brooks said that Strange’s allies in the DC swamp are spending $8 million in Alabama attacking me and my reputation and now they are doing the same thing to Roy Moore. Instead of attacking principled republicans that $8 million should be spent promoting Republicans against Democrats in the general election. That money would go a long way towards protecting vulnerable Republicans next year and defeating some Democratic incumbents.
Brooks said that he favors a full repeal of Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010). The Senate should have stayed to pass a repeal of Obamacare. Brooks said, “Unfortunately it looks like the Senate has quit on us. Republicans are in control but conservatives are not.” We have some liberal Republicans. There are 4 or 5 in the Senate and 40 in the House.
A father of a soldier in Afghanistan asked Brooks about the situation in that ongoing combat zone.
Congressman Brooks said, “We have had combat troops in combat situations in Afghanistan for 16 years. We can not be there indefinitely. Sixteen years is the equivalent of three Revolutionary Wars. I am in the minority on this, but I think we need to get out expeditiously. I am read to get out. It would be nice if the President decided to go in that direction. We are trying to nation build. 90 percent of the people in Afghanistan can’t read or write. We have lost a lot of blood and treasure for a people that aren’t particularly grateful for that sacrifice. At some point, we need to let the Afghans fight their own civil war. In some ways it reminds me of Vietnam, but not as bad.”
Brooks said, “The Senate has also boxed out the President on appointments,” over the summer recess.
Rep. Brooks said, “Mitch McConnell and the Speaker are pushing for a debt ceiling increase. Brooks said that this should be our leverage point to address problems that are growing the debt, however, the leadership has already come out for raising the ceiling without addressing the underlying problem.” The budget deficit is $587 billion and is projected to be $100 million worse next year.
Brooks said that too many people in Washington are afraid to address the threat of the growing national debt and the growing potential that the US is going to collapse financially due to long term debt and the welfare state. “The question is not if, but when. Brooks said that former Congressman Mick Mulvaney, now the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, “Is not as optimistic as me. He considers me the optimist on the subject.”
Rep. Brooks said that there are 87 welfare programs that cost $800 billion a year. On Medicaid, Rep. Brooks said that he favors eliminating all the mandates and send it to the states on a per capita citizen basis rather than a per capita population basis, because he does not want to reward states for harboring illegal aliens.
On North Korea, Brooks said that he has to be careful because he can’t share anything that he sees from classified briefings; but they are advancing their capabilities far faster than our analysts thought they could. Brooks said that at this point we may have to rely on mutually assured destruction (MAD) with the North Korean nuclear program. “I believe they act crazy, but they are not crazy.” “We would obliterate North Korea,” in a nuclear war.
Brooks said that the problem with Iran versus North Korea is that the Iranians have a religion that encourages suicide. “They have had leaders say they would give up Iran if they could take out Israel and the Unites States”
The Special Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. If necessary, there will be Special Primary Runoffs on September 26. The Special General Election is December 12.