Rep. Butterfield: "Wealthy Have Responsibility To Share"

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

Congressman G. K. Butterfield was in New Bern Thursday evening giving his constituents a closer look on what's going on in Washington.

The town hall meeting was held at the Charlotte Rhone Cultural Center in downtown New Bern. Congressman Butterfield says he wants people to know that congress is serious about balancing the federal budget. He says the $14 trillion debt and a $1.5 trillion deficit is unacceptable.

"I am very much opposed to balancing the federal budget on the backs of low income people and senior citizens. The wealthy people in this country have the responsibility to share in this country,"said G.K. Butterfield, (D-NC) U.S. Representative.

Congressman Butterfield has been traveling throughout his district all week meeting with his constituents.


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  • by V Location: Goldsboro on Nov 23, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    If DC (and NC state) would stop punishing/burdening biz and clean their own houses our economy would grow. Don't need MORE private dollars to keep their pet projects/positions in place. If private sector could concentrate on jobs, more R & D, our country would be better off. Since when is the US a SOCIALIST state? This Democrat mantra/goal contradicts our fundamental principles. What will the fallout be? Who classifies as "WEALTHY" per Congressman Butterfield anyway? DETAILS! Afraid it is clearly time for him to go!
  • by Carl on Nov 21, 2011 at 01:00 PM
    Butterfield, please start by sharing your paycheck with me...set the example. I hope and pray that this will be your last term in congress. I'm just sick of seeing these 18 and 19 year old males sitting on the porches all day drinking their Bulls. And yes, your type contributes to this type of behavior.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 12, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    We do need to do away with welfare...corporate and business welfare. Stop giving farmers subsidies, stop giving bailouts to banks and car companies, stop giving tax-breaks to the rich and to corporations, stop giving tax-breaks on capital gains, stop giving earned income credits, etc. That seems like a good start.
  • by 40some on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:52 PM
    "in New Bern Thursday evening giving his constituents a closer look on what's going on in Washington. " I knew it! They all want to steal more of our money to give to those folks that don't work.
  • by Huh? Location: enc on Nov 11, 2011 at 03:14 PM
    So many fuss about "welfare", but what do you call giving money to NC farmers to NOT grow tobacco? What do you call the governmnet "guaranteeing" crop prices? No one is against "socialistic" programs unless it does NOT benefit them! It is selfishness-plain and simple! The train Cantor made so much fun of was a waste-yet he is begging for money to build one in Va. The GOP wants to let the tax cuts for the middle class expire in Dec., they have said they will STOP student loans-yet the wealthy tax cuts remain and money is still being poured in companies posting their highes profits in history. This does not make sense!
  • by Reality Check Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    This is the root casue of so many of our problems to day...people like G.K. Butterfield and his far-left friends going around the country telling lazy people not to worry because those of us who are not lazy have a responsibility to support them. Here's a thought G.K., why don't you give your constituents a speech about how to get a job and stop living of the backs of those of us who actually contribute to society.
  • by Liz on Nov 11, 2011 at 02:20 PM
    How much is Butterfield going to contribute from his wealth?
  • by Bill Location: Winterville on Nov 11, 2011 at 01:16 PM
    Does he mean that the wealthy have a constitutional responsibility to share or a moral responsibility to share? Is this outlined in the Constitution or is it his opinion? PLEASE stop telling us what you THINK people should do!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    I earned it, I'll decide what to do with it. GET OFF YOUR BUTTS AND EARN YOUR OWN WAY LIKE I DID!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    I'll be willing to pay a few more dollars if it means getting this scumbag from Wilson out of office.
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