U.S. Senator Roy Blunt tackled a variety of issues when he briefed Joplin and area business leaders on the latest in Washington politics.

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt tackled a variety of issues when he briefed Joplin and area business leaders on the latest in Washington politics.

He talked in general about how the American system of government is designed to be inefficient to be sure government get too involved in the lives of America's citizens before discussing specific topics.

He said government is particularly inefficient now because lawmakers and others on both sides of the political aisle believe they have to get everything they want or they don't want anything at all.

“Very seldom do you get exactly what you want when you vote on a bill in Washington,” Blunt said. “I've voted on thousands of bills in Washington and I've never voted on a perfect bill. But it's antithetical to democracy, this idea that if you compromise, you've lost.”

Blunt commented on a number of the issues in the news recently.

• Obamacare:
“I think it's built on principles that just frankly can't work,” Blunt said. “The more facts are put on the table, the more people begin to think, 'well this isn't what it was supposed to be, I thought I was supposed to be able to keep my insurance if I wanted it or if I liked it, I thought I was supposed to be able to keep my doctor if I liked my doctor, I thought the new plan was going to be less expensive not more expensive.' Frankly, every step in this process people are going to get more and more concerned about how do we get back to the best health care system in the world and make it work better.”

• The government shutdown:
“There was probably more confusion about whether we could actually defund the health care bill,” he said. “That was part of the whole discussion, if we shut the government down, they won't be able to launch the health care bill, but with virtually every paper in the country on Oct. 1, the banner headline was 'Government shutdown' and somewhere else, usually on that same front page, was 'Obamacare launches,' I think most people figured out, well whatever they were telling us about not funding the government, obviously it didn't stop Obamacare. That was proably more of a concern with people who were led to believe that they could do something that was not possible.”

• Unemployment:
“The number one private sector goal today should be private sector job creation, and the biggest problem with unemployment is the numbers of people who have given up on the workplace,” he said. “If you're really looking at employment numbers based on the people out there looking for work, unemployment would be about 11 percent. We need to do things that incentivize people and encourage people to get back out there and to do that you need to do things that incentivize people to create those private sector jobs.”

• Budget deadline:
“There's another deadline at the end of the year here, but I think one of the lessons to learn from what happened in October and September is if you're in divided government, and you're trying to defend a current law, you're in a stronger place than you are if you are trying to change the current law,” Blunt said. “The October fight was the people who were advantaged who were just trying to maintain this unworkable health care law. The current fight, people like me who believe the budget control act is something that should be preserved have an advantage in that fight because if the government is divided, you've got to unite it to change the current policy.”

• Farm Bill:
“I think the Farm Bill should pass between now and the end of the year and hopefully will pass,” he said. “You revert back to policies that go back to the 1940s on Jan. 1 if you don't clean up the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill that the Senate passed that I voted for, saved about $40 billion in traditional Farm Bill spending and a net of about $25 billion. Saving that money is a good thing to do, updating those policies is a good thing to do and we could still save more by hopefully the House will be able to have an even further impact on some of the nutrition programs.”