By Charlie Bauder, WNEG Radio, Toccoa
U.S. Representative Doug Collins visits Stephens County.
Collins made two stops in the area Friday as part of a district work week.
One of those stops was Eaton Corporation to take a tour with other local officials of the facility that makes plumbing equipment for the aerospace industry.
Eaton plant manager Bill Hayford says that he appreciated the opportunity to show Collins and the other officials on hand the quality of work done by the approximately 150 employees at the facility.
“I wanted him to see the pride and the engagement that the employees here in Stephens County and the north Georgia area have in what they do here at the Eaton Aerospace plant,” said Hayford. “They are very proud of what they do and we are proud of them because they do a great job here.”
Prior to his tour of the Eaton plant, Collins spent time earlier Friday morning at the Java Station Coffee Shop on Big A Road to meet with constituents.
Collins says the main concern he heard dealt with government spending.
“When I was able to talk about where we really were in the country as far as our debts and our deficits and the income disparity between what we bring in as a government and what we spend as a government, to some of them it was eye-opening,” said Collins.
The big spending issue right now in Washington, D.C. is the $85 billion in cuts known as the sequester.
Calling it the president’s sequester, Collins says that he does not feel the across-the-board approach is appropriate.
“I think the President’s sequester was a wrong-headed approach,” he explained. “I think it was done at a time of frustration in which you have indiscriminate, “meat-cleaver” kind of cuts. The House has already, last year on two separate occasions, passed different measures that would have done this differently. The Senate chose not to take it up and the President chose not to get behind it.”
The Hall County Republican also says that the federal government needs to become more flexible and adaptable and points to Eaton and other businesses as an example of that flexibility and adaptability.