York County, SC - Sept 6, 2020 Fifth District Congressman Ralph Norman held a town meeting to directly address issues of concerns to voters.
THE ECONOMY Under the current administration, the economy is booming, double what it was under the Obama administration. GDP has risen from 1.5 to 3.1. Obama had predicted this was impossible. Obama was wrong.
Unemployment is at record low among all ethnic groups. "In South Carolina, the number one job problem is finding enough workers," he said. "Businesses are struggling to hire people."
GETTING ALONG "Why can't Congress work across the aisle?" one voter asks.
"Infanticide is OK? Killing a child after it's born is a decision between the mother and her doctor?" Congressman Norman asked. "Having no border?" There's no room for compromise."
When some well-meaning constituents say they prefer the values of the Democratic Party, Norman responds, "The Democratic Party as you know it left you a long time ago. The Left will not do anything to help America if it benefits Trump."
THE DEFICIT "The country is broke. But we don't have an income problem. We have a spending problem."
SELF-DEFENSE A group of women all wearing bright red t-shirts with the logo on the back "Moms' Demand Action" wanted the Congressman to address the issue of gun violence. Unlike protestors around the country, the group appeared to be supporters but were also concerned. One woman was a gun owner and her husband was soldier so this was not an extremist group.
The Congressmen listened to their concerns and acknowledged there was a serious citizens safety issue. But he noted, 65% of gun deaths are suicides so it really was a mental health issue.
SOUND GOOD LEGISLATION The Congressman was accused of not supporting certain issues and the voter asked why. "Just because it has a good title, I'm not going to vote just because of that."
DAILY GRIND "Vets are tired of paperwork. citizens need help with passports. Last year we helped 7,400 cases."
THE TIDE Last year 143,000 people left California and moved to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
RAISON D'ETRE "We have more ideas here than in DC," Norman says.