published Monday, August 8th, 2011

Ringgold: Tom Graves says constitutional amendment only way to enact lasting budget change

by Andy Johns

RINGGOLD, Ga. — U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Georgia, said today that next year’s Congress easily can change the terms of the recent debt deal, which is why he voted against the plan.

Speaking to a group of 150, mostly supportive Northwest Georgians this afternoon, Graves reiterated his stance that a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget is the only way to enact lasting changes to federal spending.

Graves also fielded questions about Medicare, Afghanistan, the No Child Left Behind Act and a slew of other topics.

For more information, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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onetinsoldier said...

Tom Graves last business had to declare bankruptcy and is being sued. Do we really want a guy that can't sucessfully run a motel to be making decisions about our economy. I sure hope not.

Statement by Tom Graves attorney; (U.S. Rep. Tom Graves' attorney says the disputed loan agreement between his client and a Northwest Georgia bank is not valid because the bank should have known the Georgia congressman couldn't repay the money and it cut the lawmaker some slack when his company couldn't make payments.)

He actually claims that the Bank should have known he was a deadbeat and shouldn't have loaned him the money. Unbelievable to say the least. Would any of you dare to make this argument in your own behalf???? I sure hope the people of North Georgia send this charlatan packing soon.

August 8, 2011 at 4:55 p.m.
XGSBoss said...

And if we had a balanced budget amendment on December 7th, 1941? Those of us left would have been speaking Japanese while serving the Germans coffee.

But hey, the tea party wants it so full steam ahead!

August 8, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
afhcarm said...

Obviously this yard bird can't manage his own financial affairs, yet he would have us believe that he knows how to deal with the budget of the entire country. Shame on you, Mr Congressman. Resign, get a real job, and pay off your own debts!!!

August 8, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.
hambone said...

Another "successful businessman"!

August 9, 2011 at 7:18 a.m.
LibDem said...

Say 'no' to negotiating with these terrorists!

August 9, 2011 at 9:02 a.m.
callison said...

XGSBoss has it exactly right. Prior to the early 2000s, when was the last time we had such high deficits? WWII. Having a constitutional amendment to balance the budget means that during war time, the United States won't be able to run the deficits needed to produce the weapons to win the war.

I'm ok with having certain parameters such as we have to have a balanced budget with unemployment under 6% and GDP growth of at least 3% (because there's no excuse for having deficits under those conditions), but that amendment as it is assures that when a crisis arises, we won't step up to the plate.

August 9, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
terrybham said...

If old Tom really believed what he says he would refuse his Federal pay and instead donate it to the US Treasury. Perhaps then he would have some creditibility.

August 9, 2011 at 12:02 p.m.
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