Public Concerned about a 'Tsunami
of Government Intrusion' Says Murkowski
September 16, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said
Tuesday that Americans are not only concerned about the Democrats'
health care proposals, but the "cumulative effect"
of federal spending that is increasing the national debt by trillions
"I think one of the things that we cannot lose sight of
here in Congress is what our constituents have clearly not lost
sight of, and that is the cumulative effect of what is happening
here in Washington, D.C. the ever-growing debt," Murkowski
told reporters at a Republican leadership news conference.
Murkowski, vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference,
said Alaskans expressed concerns to her at a series of town hall
meetings in the state last month that the "government is
into everything right now."
"They're (the government) running the credit cards. They're
manufacturing automobiles. They are setting pay compensation
for executives. At what point do we pull government back?"
Murkowski said public concern extended from "rallies in
places as far away as Fairbanks, Alaska" to the tens of
thousands of people who gathered on the Washington Mall this
past weekend to protest President Obama's initiatives and government
And in Ketchikan, a tea party
to demonstrate solidarity with the September 12th TEA party march
on Washington, D.C. was organized and held by the Ketchikan Tea
"When we're talking about health care reform, we need to
keep in mind that the Americans' concern is not necessarily just
this 800- or 1,000-page bill that we have in front of us, but
what is coming at them in what they feel to be a tsunami of government
intrusion," Murkowski said. "We've got a lot of work
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