Two terms that are often used in healthy-eating circles – sustainable and local – are the ones U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, used Saturday in talking about how government and the economy should run during a town hall meeting at Wichita State University’s Hughes Metropolitan Complex.
About 100 people attended the meeting, which gave Pompeo the chance to tell constituents his views of what’s happening in Washington and to field questions.
This week in Washington, the House will vote on a Republican budget plan that Pompeo said is the only one that “presents a real opportunity to save Medicare for my son. He’s 21. … My dad loves his plan.”
Showing graphs of a spiking debt under President Obama, Pompeo said the Republican plan would make a dent in the debt, but not enough.
“History would say we will fail” by having current leaders “kick the can down the road” for future generations to deal with, he said. “We need more people talking about this in a serious way.”
Pompeo said in answer to questions:
He said the No. 1 rule about health care is that “we must drive down costs. … The single-payer system is not a good value.” He said that competition is the way to do it.
He has introduced legislation that would take the money from grants not accepted by communities and put it toward reducing the federal debt rather than sending the money to another community. But that doesn’t solve the problem completely, Pompeo said. “We need to return decision-making to local entities. …
“We have centralized so much of the decision making for what is quintessentially local.”