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 Rep. Hurd Starts Third Annual Town Hall Series in El Paso

Rep. Hurd Starts Third Annual Town Hall Series in El Paso

U.S. Representative Will Hurd kicks off his third annual DC2DQ trip, a series of public meet & greets held at local Dairy Queens throughout South and West Texas, Sunday in El Paso.

Hurd will meet with residents Sunday afternoon at two locations (listed below) and then make his way east.

The 20 informal town hall meetings are open to the public and designed to offer constituents an authentic opportunity to engage with their Congressman in a way that was never-before seen under previous Representatives.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

HORIZON CITY– 1:00pm-2:30pm Dairy Queen, 800 N Zaragoza Rd, El Paso, TX 79907
SOCORRO– 3:00pm-4:30pm Peter Piper Pizza, 10870 N Loop Rd, Socorro, TX 79927

To accommodate record attendance, not all meetings will be held at Dairy Queen restaurants this year. To view the complete schedule, click HERE.

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  • Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX 23rd) addressed many topics and took many questions at his town hall meeting in the Dairy Queen in Fort Stockton yesterday. In one instance, he told a worried schoolteacher he takes seriously the value of public education.

    A report issued last week by Share Our Strength highlighted the educational challenges caused by hunger — yes, hunger — in some children from, in this case, the equivalent of a four-person household with two breadwinners each earning $11 per hour.

    The following five paragraphs are from https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/08/08/hung-a08.html:

    “In the richest country in the world, with the largest concentration of billionaires, one in six children faces hunger, some 13 million in all.

    “The House Republican [majority] budget plan, scheduled for a vote in early September, would slash $2.9 trillion from programs for low-income and moderate-income families over the next ten years.

    “Cuts in low-income entitlement and discretionary programs account for half of all the cuts in nonmilitary programs proposed by the House Budget Committee, although these programs make up only one quarter of the federal budget. [My note: Military and intelligence spending is about 60 percent of the discretionary budget but has never been fully quantified nor audited. The Republican budget plan proposes increases there.]

    “The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimated that the Republican budget would cut the proportion of gross domestic product devoted to social spending for low-income and moderate-income families from 2.1 percent to only 1.0 percent in 2027, the lowest percentage figure since 1966, when the Johnson administration launched its so-called “War on Poverty.”

    “While the Trump administration and the congressional Republicans propose to deal with the deepening poverty and social misery by deliberately making the conditions worse, the Democratic Party offers no alternative. The Democrats are not demanding hearings over hunger or the impact of the proposed budget cuts.”

    In response to another town hall question — what are we doing about the federal debt; what are we going to cut — Hurd bemoaned the state of Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. He didn’t, and perhaps seldom does, mention military and intelligence spending.

    It’s important, complicated and longwinded, to point out federal deficit spending and the resulting national debt — total outstanding U.S. Treasury securities — are simply tools. Email me for links to how the federal government creates those investment products and how the Federal Reserve creates the dollars with which it purchases a large portion of them. Influence by the bailed-out too big to fail banks (still gambling, now with cheap money) over those monetary mechanisms underpins our historic level of inequality and the fiscal predicaments of state and local governments.

    Finally, at the town hall meeting, I questioned the bipartisan groupthink coming out of congress, the administration and mainstream media, about the “War on Terror,” Russia, sanctions, etc. One result of U.S. foreign engagement/entanglement has been blowback, a term coined by the CIA in its report on the 1953 Iranian coup d’etat that it abetted. I’ve seen no discussion in Washington of the possibility that some of our nation’s offensive actions are increasing the risk of intended or unintended nuclear war.

    Hurd seems to have full faith in the “deep state.” He has said of CIA involvement in our proxy wars (paraphrasing): they know how to pick ‘em.

    Nevertheless, he characterizes D.C. as “a circus” and acknowledged to the audience that developing foreign policy and military strategy in excessive secrecy poses the grave danger of eroding the citizenry’s trust in government.

    That concern about legitimacy could be too little and too late for a growing number of people, especially young ones.

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