Posted by Ellen Krafve - email
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - President Obama is expected to sign the economic stimulus bill into law on Tuesday. Now, the question is, Where does Congress go from here? We talked with Congressman Louie Gohmert to find out.
"We say yes to the American people, we say no to the atmosphere of arrogance that says the American people are not the solution," said Gohmert on Friday.
It's no secret that Congressman Gohmert was against President Obama's economic stimulus plan. A bill that he says was voted on too quickly and is not in the best interest of the American people.
"We just didn't know enough, and it wasn't a true stimulus, and half or more of the proceeds will be paid out two years, or more from now," said Gohmert. "That's not a stimulus. We need a stimulus right now."
Gohmert says the bill provides the wrong kind of incentives.
"We ought to be providing incentives to create news jobs," said Gohmert. "Instead, in this bill, we provide incentives for states to provide people to welfare rolls. How ridiculous is that?"
What now? The bill is set to become law Tuesday, but Gohmert said that he has not lost hope.
"It hasn't been spent yet. So as long as the money has not been sent, we can work to fix how the money should be spent."
That, Gohmert said, will take Congress believing in the American people again. They will have to put the money into the people's hands, instead of borrowing it from future generations.
"We're going to be alright, and we can get back to greater days that we have had before," said a hopeful Gohmert.
The congressman also talked about unemployment in East Texas. He said employers like Lonestar Steel, who continue to lay off workers, prove they do not trust President Obama's stimulus bill.