PLATTSBURGH — Eight percent unemployment nationally and 10 percent in Clinton County is simply unacceptable, says congressional candidate Matt Doheny.
And so is the national debt, at $16 trillion and growing.
“You can’t grow when you are spending away your children’s and your grandchildren’s future,” Doheny told a crowd at the Plattsburgh/North Country Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs breakfast Friday morning at American Legion Post 20.
Doheny, a Republican from Watertown, is seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Bill Owens of Plattsburgh in the 21st District.
At the chamber breakfast, he spoke about how government taxes, mandates and regulations are stunting business growth throughout the country and how Congress needs to find a way to encourage investment in businesses.
“We have policies coming out of Washington that don’t work,” he said, adding that the debt will grow by about $1 trillion per year if government spending patterns are not altered.
Owens, contacted after the breakfast, said bringing down the debt will take a bipartisan effort that should include a responsible mix of cuts and revenue that protects the middle class while making government work better.
“The Government Accountability Office has already identified $100 billion in waste and duplication in the government that we can end today without harming the economy or workers,” Owens said.
“By implementing the GAO’s proposals, we could help prevent sequestration with a small amount of additional revenue.”
The chamber will host a breakfast with Owens on Oct. 26.
Doheny also said that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is going to be costly and will not produce positive results for the nation’s health-care system. He particularly has a problem with the proposed 15-member advisory board that would make decisions on health-care issues under the president’s plan.
“It will fundamentally change the landscape of health-care delivery... I think it’s wrong for America, and I know it is wrong for the North Country, he said.