Congress will soon be shutting down for the August recess and Cache County Republican Party Chairman David James says he, for one, is relieved about the break. He’s glad for the August recess because he believes Congress is trying to rush an awful lot of things through and, in his opinion, none of it is good. An example, he says, is a proposed health care reform bill. James says under the Democratic Congress government has taken over industry and they want to take over health care now. James says he hasn’t seen a problem statement and he asks the question, “what are we trying to fix?” “It’s very clear to me that because of the approach, because of the lack of a problem statement, because of the far-reaching nature of the bill that there is far more going on here than just quote-unquote health care reform,” James says. “Having the government (already) show that they want to take over industry, it’s very clear to me that they want to take over health care.” If a health care reform bill is passed, James says, he hopes it will not have a public option. James also weighed in on what Sara Palin might do now. James says it’s “disappointing but understandable” that the former vice presidential candidate stepped down as governor of Alaska just two-and-a-half years into her first term. He says too many people were committed to making things tough for her and her family. James says it’s hard to predict what Palin will do next. “I’m sure she’ll always maintain a home in Alaska,” James says. “It wouldn’t surprise me that we find out that she’s established another residence somewhere in the United States, down in the lower 48 if you will, and that she hits the speaking tour. I think it’s her opportunity to go out and, number one because of the situation she’s in, she has a platform.” James says he supported Palin more than some Republicans did and he feels she has some good ideas. He’s not sure, however, if she would be a viable candidate for president but wonders if, as a vice president, she would have been any worse than Joe Biden.
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