Republican Senate hopeful Brunner meets constituents Wednesday

Thursday, June 21, 2012
(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

"There's a choice between career politicians ... (and) a citizen senator, and that's the big difference in this campaign," John Brunner, candidate for U.S. Senate, said.

Brunner was welcomed by a crowd of county Republicans Wednesday, June 20, at Bloomfield's Family Restaurant, where he introduced himself to local constituents for the first time. The St. Louis businessman and former Marine spoke of the need to lower taxes and cut government spending.

"I know how Washington works," he said. "You take money that we don't have. You borrow money that we don't have. You spend money we don't have, and you put us in more debt."

(Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

The candidate noted the amount of funding funneled into the food stamp program, saying when the program was launched, one out of 50 Americans were on the program. This, he said, compares to one out of seven people today.

"In the next decade we're going to spend $770 billion," he said. "It's ... out of control. These programs were meant for the people who are hurting the most."

In addition to Washington spending, Brunner spoke of the need for common sense in agricultural policies, as the state's agricultural output contributes more than $12 billion to the state economy.

He's been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, John Deer PAC, the Missouri Soybean Association and FreedomWorks PAC.


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  • So he wants to cut the food stamp program that indirectly supports farmers and yet is endorsed by the soybean association?

    Saying Food stamps are out of control because the program supports a lot more people fails to take into account that a lot more people are hurting!

    Talk about out of touch.

    -- Posted by Akura on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 11:01 AM
  • But Akura you aren't seeing the big picture as does the candidate. If we can just starve to death those useless millions who are a drain on society we will also cut the costs of medical care, of housing, and of education, to say nothing of getting a handle on our population problem. ;)


    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 11:31 AM
  • If the Regressives were honest their campaign slogan would have to be, Satisfaction From Soylent Green!

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Thu, Jun 21, 2012, at 11:51 PM
  • Have to comment to "Smart Dog". I am one ho benefited from the Reagan trickle down. I nearly starved to death under Jimmy Carter. I started my business in 83 as Regannomics were just asking hold. I can't imagine if we had elected another democrat tht I would have had the courage to do so. We have employeed as many as 24 folks ( though we had to cut back to 12 this last year to try to survive the current administration) all of whom make an above average living in our southeastern Mo town.

    I have to ask, do you pay more taxes than you are required to by law? (do you pay any taxes at all?) and how much of your income did you voluntarily give to charity? I pay every cent of taxes I owe and not one penney more and I give about 20% of my income to help others.

    -- Posted by tfunke on Fri, Jun 22, 2012, at 10:36 PM
  • Talk about appealing to the emotional. Those of you on the left that sometimes is all you do. Reread the posts.

    The reality is very simple. Spending in all areas must be cut and in some cases dramatically. Tax increases must also take place. Everyone talks of "fairness" but there is nothing fair about income taxation. If we take 100% from the richest people in America, it would not cut the deficit even by 1/2. Therefore the taxes will need to be also raised on the middle and lower classes.

    -- Posted by inthemiddle on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 11:47 AM
  • Cuts in the defense budget, cuts in government assistance to agribusiness, and the oil industry too? What say you InTheMiddle? More to the point, what says the honorable candidate to these questions?

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Sat, Jun 23, 2012, at 11:03 PM
  • It is a no brainer that the greatest drain on our country is an insanely out of control military/ industrial complex. Any approach that does not address the biggest problem first is not rational.


    Check -- this -- out!!

    "Al-Jazeera video breaks down military spending by the dollar"

    -- Posted by news across on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 12:33 AM

    1.6 Trillion PER YEAR and rising?!?!

    And the GOP was griping about healthcare reform costing 1 Trillion OVER 10 (TEN) years?

    And they 'say' they want 'smaller government'??

    what a steaming pile....

    -- Posted by NanaDot on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 6:55 AM

    So citizen candidate what response do you have to the number one problem causing government spending to spiral out of control?

    -- Posted by Oklahoma Reader on Mon, Jun 25, 2012, at 12:19 PM
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