Rep. Ken Buck, the newly elected tea party-leaning Republican from Colorado, finds that Washington politicians seem cut off from the concerns of his constituents. The elites appear not to share citizens' worries about the $18 trillion national debt, intrusive big government, or issues such as the common core curriculum.
Washington is a confusing world "that does not reflect what I've seen at home," Buck told The Daily Caller
The former county prosecutor and staunch conservative has been appointed to the Judiciary Committee and also serves as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Interior of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
He brings to Washington a determination to use the power of the purse that Congress has to oversee the executive branch and oppose President Barack Obama's use of executive orders.
"The people of Colorado feel that the president and his actions are every bit oppressive
in many ways as the taxation and other policies we were living under as a country or as colonies during British [monarchic] rule," he said.
"I don't think that the conciliatory approach has worked" in challenging Obama, Buck said. The president has shown little sign that he is "looking for common ground," including on immigration.
To start with, Buck favors a guest worker program and better boarder security, as well as taking away the president's discretion not to enforce the law, he told the Caller.
Some conservatives have supported the idea of a guest worker program
to allow businesses to hire temporary foreign workers who could legally earn money in the U.S. before returning to their home countries.
He also said that states should be cautious before following Colorado's example in legalizing marijuana. Marijuana should not be treated as alcohol, and its impact on young people is far more serious.
"People will learn over time, as they see what's happening in Colorado" that it would be wise to move slowly on legalization, he told the Caller.
Buck believes the president was re-elected because Republicans failed to make clear that their party stood for freedom.
He cited millennials as a generation that backed freedom and does not want the government to act like meddling parents.
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