5 Questions with Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX)
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
Heritage Action: What aspect of government (i.e., program, department, agency) do you want to reform the most? What legislation are you currently pushing or working on to achieve that reform?
Rep. Gohmert: I would use leverage to force the Senate to pass our Zero-Baseline Budget bill and, thus, end the automatic increases of every department of the federal government.
We should stop spending money we don’t have. Eliminate the Department of Energy with any essential functions going to the Department of Interior and send all non-essential personnel to apply for jobs in the real private sector energy field.
We need to eliminate the Department of Education and send all money appropriated for education to the states and gradually cut that amount each year, then cut taxes for residents of a state in the same amount that the state picks up the cut amount for its own education.
We should give people on Medicare and Medicaid a choice between what they are on OR a private policy, paid for by the government, with a high deductible where the high deductible is furnished by the government in a Health Savings Account with a debit card coded to only pay for health care. Eventually, people will see the private insurance is the way to go and will be better for them than Medicare and Medicaid. This gives them more control over their lives than they have had since the 1960’s.
We also need to stop paying people to have as many children as possible out of wedlock, and stop penalizing seniors on social security for getting married. Instead, incentivize finishing school if a child is born while in high school, and significantly reduce or eliminate the amount of assistance for any additional children after the first. Also, end the marriage penalty once and for all by changing the law to say if you are married, you can file jointly as married, or file as a single person, whichever is more helpful. That would end the marriage penalty.
I would eliminate CBO and the JCT and all the rules created in 1974 and create a far more accurate scoring of bills by hiring private firms or universities to do the scoring with a bonus for accuracy after a bill becomes law and that actual cost or revenues are determined.
I would also end foreign aid to any country that votes against the U.S. position more than 50% of the time in the prior year.
HA: What’s a piece of smaller legislation, or nominee, that is currently on the agenda but flying under the radar that you feel conservatives should be concerned about?
Rep. Gohmert: A prior nominee who went through the confirmation process for the Supreme Court flew under the radar even though she claimed that she was not involved at all in the ObamaCare legislation, while there was a refusal to provide ALL of her emails and memos regarding meetings. It certainly appears from what limited information we now have that she had an opinion on ObamaCare, her opinion was known in the Solicitor General’s office, and yet she got onto the Supreme Court as a ringer, and is now doing damage to the credibility and objectivity of the Supreme Court. I am concerned that she needs to be removed, but I am likewise concerned about the Republican attitude that we get hurt if we make a fuss or take a stand for truth and honesty.
HA: What do you enjoy the most and the least about being a Member of Congress?
Rep. Gohmert: The thing I like the most about serving in Congress is being on the battlefield in an effort to preserve what is left of free choices and return liberty to the American people so that my kids will have the opportunities I have had.
The thing I dislike the most is the ongoing attribution of mean-spirited reasons for our positions. Most in Congress, whether liberal or conservative, want what is best for America. It’s just that some on the left refuse to learn from history, yet some of them attribute the worst of motives for us wanting to preserve and protect liberty. It may be of equal frustration when people of my party are convinced that doing nothing, avoiding a fight or failing to take a stand and push what we believe is the best course for us. I’d rather lose my seat fighting for what will make America stronger, than stay in my seat and watch the greatest country in history drift to the dustbin of history.
HA: What is your favorite thing to do when you are not in Washington?
Rep. Gohmert: I like to be with my girls and wife anywhere. Now that our girls are scattered all over the world, we do not get all of us together very often, but when we do, it is such a joy.
HA: What do you miss most about being a kid?
Rep. Gohmert: I miss the energy level and speed of recuperation as a child. Those were precious times when my mother was healthy before her brain tumor was found. I also sometimes miss the simplicity of my Christian faith as a young child, before we made things so complicated.