PLAINFIELD — Brad DuBois had told Brenda Goff, southwest regional director for U.S. Sen. Dan Coat's office, that if the Indiana Republican ever had time to visit here, the Chamber of Commerce would gladly host.
The request was obliged on Thursday. Coats spoke to the chamber during a noon meeting at The Coachman restaurant.
"This is a great opportunity to meet Sen. Coats and hear his views on the way things are going," said DuBois, the Plainfield Chamber's executive director.
Also in attendance was Plainfield High School's We the People class. It's a program centered on the study of the U.S. Constitution, divided into various themes like the history of its founding and potential future problems it may face. A team of students develops a presentation for each that's given before a panel of judges. Plainfield's We the People class placed second in the state this year, earning them a spot in the national competition.
"We're proud to have them with us," DuBois said. "We think it's appropriate they be here today."
Coats, now in his second senate stint, used the students as an example for why the federal government's debt needs to be addressed. If it's not, young people like them won't enjoy the same opportunities as their parents and grandparents, he said.
"It has to involve spending," Coats said of the fix. "The government spends like there's no end to the money. None of you can run your business or family that way, or any entity. It's got to be changed. That's what the fight is about in Washington."
He also said that tax reform is needed. Coats noted that the United States' corporate tax rate is the highest of 36 countries it competes against. Government regulations also put our businesses at a disadvantage.