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U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson talks debt, national security
by Rachel Kellogg
September 03, 2014 10:48 AM | 4137 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks to Roswell Rotary.
Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks to Roswell Rotary.
U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., spoke last week to the Rotary Club of Roswell about the two biggest challenges facing the country — national security and the national debt.

But first, he commended the club and its members on their service work, saying thanks to Rotary International, “Africa is basically polio-free.”

Isakson also spoke about the club’s work to end human slavery around the country and the globe.

“Human trafficking is probably the most sinister problem our country faces,” he said.

Isakson went onto say he believes, according to the U.S. Constitution, that the “principle responsibility” of office holders in the country is national security.

Terrorism from groups like the Islamic State, he said, can only be stopped one way — “by killing it.”

The jihadist organization the Islamic State, which is known for kidnapping and killing people in the Middle East, “will only get bigger if we don’t confront them,” Isakson said.

Isakson said if President Barrack Obama goes through with his plan to remove American troops from Afghanistan next summer, “That would be the wrong thing to do … ISIS would be there the day after we’re gone.”

Isakson said he disagreed with pulling troops out of Iraq because all the progress made there has been undone. He continued, saying, “6,870 Americans gave their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq. I will fight to see to it that we destroy ISIS.”

Speaking about the national debt, Isakson said every administration since Ronald Reagan’s has borrowed too much money.

“It’s a republican and democratic problem — it’s not just a democratic problem,” he said.

Ways to reduce the debt would include increasing the eligibility age for Social Security and reforming Medicare, he said.

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