MELANIE BLOCKER STOKES MOM'S OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS HEALTH, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND SUPPORT FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION ACT -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)
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Mr. BROUN of Georgia. I thank the gentleman for yielding. Mr. Speaker, I'm a physician. I've dealt with anxiety and depression in patients throughout my medical career. Depression is an extremely debilitating disease.
What really concerns me at this point is Americans today are getting very, very depressed because of this steamroller of socialism that's being forced down their throats, this steamroller of socialism of bigger and bigger government that is taking money away from small business, it's taking money away from families. They are struggling.
We need to do something about the economy. Americans are hurting. We need to do something about it now. But greater spending and bigger government is not the solution.
In fact, we're going to be taking up a budget this week that is a budget that should cause people great angst here in America. It's a budget that's going to create a tremendous amount of anxiety and depression.
More people are going to see their doctors and ask for antidepressants and nerve pills because of this budget that we're going to see this week that's being presented by the Democratic majority. We've got to stop it.
Republicans have offered alternative after alternative, but the leadership of this House won't even consider them. The leadership of this House has said that Republicans are the ``Party of No,'' and that is absolutely not factual. Republicans have offered many alternatives, but they just won't be considered.
The American people need to wake up and understand that they're going to become more depressed, they're going to become more anxious, they're going to have greater strife within their families, we're going to have more marriages break up because of the budget, in my opinion, that we are going to be presented in this House--and undoubtedly this House will pass it. But it's going to wreck our economy.
America is bankrupt today because of the great spending that's been coming down through the latter part of the Bush administration and now in this administration. We've got to stop it.
The American people need to wake up and demand that we have a responsible government so that they won't be depressed, so they won't be anxious, so that we can have a good economy.
Republicans are offering solutions--commonsense, market-based solutions based on the private sector. It's absolutely critical that we find those solutions; that we work together, Democrats and Republicans alike, to find economic solutions to put this country back on the right course.
We're spending too much, we're taxing too much, we're borrowing too much, and we're bankrupting America--not only the government, but individuals and small businesses--and it has to stop. I call on the American people to write their Congressman, write their Senators, and say ``no.''
We've got to have a better alternative than this budget that's going to be presented this week.
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