Asa Hutchinson received a very warm welcome from the Washington County Republican Women. Asa declared that 2010 would be a banner year for Republicans. He cited the number of Republican candidates running for Legislative offices. He also noted the formation of independent groups such as the TEA Party and the Americans for Prosperity. Asa said the Republicans need to fulfill the role of the loyal opposition. Republicans need to be a voice for our ideas and our principles. We need to contrast ourselves from the opposition and offer our solutions for the problems that face our country and state.
Asa listed 5 issues at the national level that impact our families. Health Care Reform, the Deficit and Debt, the Judiciary, National Security and Illegal Drugs.
Health care reform is necessary and important, he said. The reform needs to be continually adjusted to make sure it was responsive to the individual and meets the needs of the elderly and those struggling in life. It should not be the "one size fits all". Quoting Obama, “If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best-quality health care, if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can’t run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business?” Asa asked does this sound like a president that understands the dynamics of the private sector in America? Asa said "I think not."
In regards to the deficit, Asa said the Republicans need to address it because at 1.8 Trillion dollars it was going to saddle the next generation with a massive amount of debt.
Asa expressed confidence in the Republican members on the Judiciary Committee. He said that Sen. Sessions will ask the tough questions in regards to Judge Sotomayor.
National Security is the most important function of the government. The most important thing we must remember is that it still is a dangerous world. Asa also said that we need to show some support and encouragement to the people of Iran who are risking their lives for reform.
Asa ended with expressing concern about the impact of illegal drugs. He's worried that many states will put drug legalization on the ballet because of the actions of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.