POSTED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 6:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 10:14am
Tyler-- Congressman Jeb Hensarling says America is borrowing $0.43 per $1.00 from foreigners. He says in a time when the country has low unemployment rate and debt levels close to those in World War II, voters are ready for a new way to voice their concerns.
He tells about a Web site, www.americaspeakingout.com , which is a new way to amplify voters' voices. People can log on to present, critique, and vote on ideas for Congress. He says he frequently checks the site and is looking at several creative ideas cast out from users.
"I've learned that the best ideas do not come from Washington D.C., but rather the people who work, pay the taxes, and raise the families," says Representative Hensarling.
Today, his attention is on Jacksonville voters. After he explains that almost half of our national debt is controlled by foreigners, he asks the audience what they think would get the economy rolling again. Several responded with ideas and questions. Others put written ideas into a suggestion box.
Jacksonville is only the beginning of several town hall meetings to bring local voices to Washington.