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U.S. Rep. Connie Mack this morning criticized what he categorized as the government’s recent assault on freedom, capitalism and American liberties.

He chose harsh words for the Obama administration, describing the recent economic stimulus package as ineffective. Mack said the federal government is increasingly taking control of the American economy, something of which he does not approve.

Mack spoke to more than 200 Southwest Florida business owners and leaders at a breakfast event in the Holiday Inn Fort Myers Town Center, sponsored by the Southwest Florida Chamber of Commerce.

“The Obama administration has picked up where the Bush administration left off,” he said.

The Obama administration believes spending taxpayer money will spur growth, Mack said. The congressman called that “a breathtakingly liberal power grab” reminiscent of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, and said the better way to improving the economy is “through freedom, free markets and limited government.”

Mack also panned the administration’s recent attempts at overhauling health care.

“The plans that are currently circulating in Congress will bankrupt our country,” Mack said.

Mack found most of his audience receptive to his comments. His suggestion to make recent tax cuts permanent drew applause, as did his stern remarks about ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Mack is one of 144 House Republicans who co-sponsored a bill to strip the troubled advocacy group of its funding.

“This group has a long history of fraud, tax evasion,” he said.

One audience member who was cooler to Mack was Sandra Taylor. She previously asked Mack to support H.R. 2743, the Automobile Dealer Economic Rights Restoration Act, and again requested his support today.

Mack didn’t give it.

The House bill aims to afford protection for new car and truck dealers facing termination from Chrysler and General Motors.

“I don’t believe the federal government should be making these decisions,” he said, echoing his earlier statements.

After being asked about incentives for first-time home buyers, Mack said he believes that such enticements should be extended to others.

“We should do more to encourage people to buy homes,” he said. “I don’t think we should limit it to first time home buyers.”

Although Mack was ready to criticize his opponents, he was quickly put on guard when it sounded as though the scrutiny was directed at his personal life. One attendee asked about the passage of the Cap-and-Trade Bill and also brought up how Mack and his wife, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., voted differently on the bill.

If there was some insinuation that the congressman should “control my wife,” Mack said, “it’s just not right.”

E-mail Elizabeth Kellar at liz@elizabethkellar.com.

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