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McClintock fields questions during town hall in Roseville

Addresses illegal immigration, government spending, taxes in packed auditorium
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Congressman Tom McClintock spoke at a packed town hall in Roseville Thursday, remarking several times that voters got the government they voted for in 2008 but, it turns out, not the one they wanted. He urged all attendees to vote in the 2012 presidential election. He said the central dilemma Americans face today is deciding whether we want “freedom or socialism.” The event is one of about 40 town hall meetings McClintock has hosted over the past few months, and was held in the auditorium at Oakmont High School with mainly the congressman’s fans in the audience who clapped and cheered to show their support. Although, the cheers turned to boos and shouts of “communist” when one man said 1 percent of Americans control the majority of the wealth, and “you’ve got to redistribute the wealth.” McClintock said out-of-control spending in Washington D.C. is a major issue facing this country, which is divided over the fundamental question of how jobs are created. “Government cannot stimulate economic growth,” McClintock said. The federal government should learn from President Harry Truman, he said, who cut the federal budget by more than half in one year, and fired 10 million federal employees. The statement about the firings drew loud applause from the audience. “In four years I will be able to vote,” said Jacqueline Gordon, 14, of Granite Bay. “What do you think the economic condition will be when I am able to vote?” McClintock said the economic forecast depends on the next presidential election, and he encouraged her to vote in the future. “Be an active participant in the debate,” he said. “You’ve got a lot at stake.” McClintock fielded a question about the California Air Resources Board’s approval Thursday of the cap-and-trade component of A.B. 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Cap and trade limits the amount of carbon dioxide that can be produced by 350 of the state’s largest industrial polluters. “If your SUV producing carbon dioxide is responsible for the planet warming, why is it that we have ample evidence of periods of warming and cooling?” McClintock said, adding that limiting carbon emissions will cause major economic damage. The Union of Concerned Scientists, and several international science organizations, say the Earth is warming and human activity is the primary cause. McClintock said the liberal left doesn’t want people using cars. They want people to walk, bike, live close to where they work and take high-speed rail, which he called a nonsensical view of the world. “The rest of the planet will be left to the birds, the bees and the fishes,” McClintock said. “Problem is most people don’t want to live in dense urban (communities).” The conversation turned to illegal immigration after one man asked when someone is going to “jail and deport these people,” to boisterous applause. McClintock said the issue will not be adequately addressed during Obama’s presidency. “We now have an estimated 10 to 20 million illegal aliens in this country and there has been no effort under Bush or Obama to secure our borders,” McClintock said. Roseville resident Terry Abel said the 35 percent corporate tax rate should be lowered. “In my humble opinion we have the most insane tax code in the world,” Abel said. “Every time I hear the president say don’t worry, I’m going to tax the rich, I cringe.” McClintock said he favors a flat-tax rate, with four deductions: homeowner deduction, charitable contributions, dividend interest and a deduction for renters. One woman in the audience described how she emigrated from Romania and worked to make a better life for her children. She said when prayer and the Ten Commandments left school, drugs and alcohol came in. “We need to go back to God and we will have the country the way it was,” she said to a loud outpouring of support. Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.