Congressman Neugebauer Addresses Black Chamber of Commerce

Congressman Neugebauer Addresses Black Chamber of Commerce

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

“It’s always a good day when you can sit down with friends and eat Harold’s Bar-B-Que” and that was not just the opinion of Congressman Randy Neugebauer but of most, if not all of those attending the Black Chamber of Commerce luncheon on February 25th.After an introduction by Mr. Floyd Miller, Congressman Neugebauer remarked that he read Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech every year on MLK day. He remarked that this is one of those historic speeches that will stay important in history not just because of the subject but because of the words chosen and the cadence of speech that made it very special. He remembered his thoughts when watching President Obama being sworn was that Martin Luther King spoke from the other end of the D.C. Mall and thinking that he would say “some of my dreams have come true.”{{more}}Speaking on Black History Month and its continuing importance is not for us that lived it to remember but for the generations of young blacks who have never experienced or considered the issues faced and the sacrifices of those that went before and the work it took to make real the life they live today. He also remarked that almost everybody came to America by boat and though we came in many different boats – “we are all in the same boat now.” Congress Neugebauer questioned where the government is going when he asked “are you living a more prosperous/better life than your Priscilla Rayford made a comment as everyone listened attentively. Photo by Joe Starkeyparents?” and every person there raised their hands. Next he asked “Do you think your children will have the same opportunity in today’s world/economy?” and no one raised their hand. He used the red wagon analogy he has used before that when the first waves of colonists came to America – they all just asked for a chance to pull their own wagon. As we got stronger and had some excess – we could let some people ride the wagon. Now there are people that could be pulling the wagon that have decided simply to ride while others pull and we are losing our way of life and our economic freedoms. “Without economic freedom, a person cannot experience the full benefits of Democracy.” Another remark was that when you make government bigger – you make the rights of the citizens smaller. He also told the business owners there that Small Businesses spend too much of their time doing government paperwork.During the question and answer period, he answered Mr. Carl Lockett’s question on how he voted on the question of the 2ndCarl Lockett. Photo by Joe Starkeyengine for a current jet by saying he voted against it. He stated that too many Congressional Members talk big behind closed doors about cutting costs but become quiet when it comes to public support of cuts in their district.As the only reporter present, I didn’t get to ask any questions but did give his aide a written note asking that the next time Tenaska comes calling on the Congressman that he request a guarantee in writing that 1,000 of the 1,500 construction jobs for their plant will be hired from the Big Country and that 75 of the 100 permanent jobs also be from this area. Tenaska has been promising those jobs for three years. It’s time they put it in writing.Floyd Miller, President of the ABCC, and Congressman Randy Neugebauer. Photo by Joe Starkey