Brunner speaks at Tea Party event

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
John Brunner

The Southwest Missouri Tea Party hosted its final forum for the pre-primary election on July 31 with U.S. Senatorial candidate John Brunner at the American Legion #118 in Cassville.

John Ogle, political coordinator for the Southwest Missouri Tea Party, opened the event with introductions of dignitaries, candidates and the moderators.

Brunner discussed cutting the federal debt, developing an American energy plan, cutting federal regulations and stopping the abuse of power at the Capitol.

Brunner said regulations could result in the shut down of coal plants in Missouri, which would result in increased electrical costs and loss of jobs.

Brunner, who is well versed on monetary policy, said he is in favor of auditing the Federal Reserve and the auditors. Brunner wants to return to a system in which currency is based on real assets, such as precious metals.

Brunner said he aligns himself philosophically with Senators Dr. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, Dr. Tom Coburn, of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint, of South Carolina, and Ron Johnson, of Wisconsin, who have taken strong constitutional stands on many issues and bills contrary to other members of Congress. He stated he advocates returning the balance of power in Washington, D.C.

"Government is too big to succeed and has gone way beyond the bounds of the Constitution," Brunner said.

Brunner also wants to eliminate earmarks, reform entitlement programs and eliminate duplication of programs in Washington, D.C. He also wants to repeal the National Defense Authorization Act, section 1021.

Brunner said he wants to reform the tax code, fight executive orders such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and reject encroachments on the second amendment rights of Americans.

"We should not trample on the Constitution to protect our freedoms," Brunner said.

Pam Modlin, candidate for Barry County public administrator, and David Bowman, candidate for Barry County sheriff, also introduced themselves to those in attendance and shared information about their qualifications for the jobs they are seeking.

Bruce Ringger and Ed Johnson moderated the event. Both are members of the Southwest Missouri Tea Party and Barry County Republican Club.

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