PICKENS — Congressman Jeff Duncan addressed a wide variety of issues during a town hall meeting hosted by the Pickens County Taxpayers Association.
Hearkening back to the days of his original campaign, Duncan stressed Tuesday he had not changed his focus for his constituents, concentrating on jobs, energy, and the founding fathers. The congressman made clear his stance on each and his belief in smaller government.
“Government doesn’t create jobs, except for other government jobs,” Duncan told the crowd. “The government’s role in job creation is fostering an environment for job creation. I would also like to see us address repatriating some of the money corporations are holding at overseas headquarters because the tax rate is 35 percent for those dollars. We need to address that and stop punishing businesses.”
The topic of energy independence overlapped with job creation where the Palmetto state is concerned for Duncan.
“Our dependence on foreign energy is a national security issue and we have the resources to be independent where energy is concerned,” he said. “Offshore drilling along the coast of South Carolina would not only provide natural resources but think of the trickle down of jobs to the state.”
Duncan referenced the offshore resources as beyond the horizon, removing rigs from view, but also listed the industries which would receive a boon from food service, to HVAC, transportation, welding and any number of other industries.
As concerns his dedication to the founding fathers, Duncan’s reference is to the original intent of the framers of the Constitution and the specific powers granted the federal government’s three branches. The congressman was openly for limited government and the majority in attendance was in agreement.
“Our government has moved way beyond its role as defined in the Constitution,” Duncan said. “The Constitution has a clear set of checks and balances which work, but there are only seventeen enumerated powers, clearly defined as to what the government’s role is. We need to move back to the power belonging to the people as it was intended.”
A variety of issues was covered by the question and answer session but there seemed to be a great deal of concern over the situation in Israel and where the United States stands in the equation of the military conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Duncan’s position was unequivocally in favor of supporting the Israelis.
“I will say for the record I stand with Israel and the country has to stand with Israel,” Duncan said. “The very existence of Israel is threatened every day.”