A former state legislator who represented Berks County for many years, and who is potentially a future U.S. Senate candidate, visited the Lehighton 9/12 Project last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Sam Rohrer, who most recently served as director of Americans for Prosperity, spoke on various topics including the need for Right to Work laws in Pennsylvania, the importance of having courage to defend our rights, and the need to have faith in God.

Afterward, he held a lengthy question-and-answer session in which he was asked to address quite a variety of topics ranging from the federal budget "Super Committee" to who he would pick at the present time as a presidential candidate.

Rohrer proved candid in all his answers. It was noted he has a major political announcement that he will be making within the next few days.

Regarding the Right to Work legislation, he said Pennsylvania needs such a law so that it quits losing jobs. He said this state isn't only losing companies to foreign nations but also to the South where Right to Work laws do exist.

"The real issue," he said, "is should an employee be forced, as a condition of employment, to put money into any organization, no matter how good or bad it may be?" He was referring to labor unions and termed the relationship between unions and the government "an unholy alliance."

"There is an economic price tag associated" with the lack of Right to Work laws, he remarked, and said he feels this is "the single biggest impact" why Pennsylvania is not more competitive with attracting employers.

As he moved into other topics, he told the gathering, "We're losing the freedoms that we had."

He asked, "What are we leaving for our children?"

One of the things needed in America, he said, "is an infusion of confidence."

"I think in this junction of time, no one's confident on anything," he said.

He said he feels Americans have become too over-regulated, indicated the federal government is shutting down power lines, shutting down our ability to drill.

"Regulations are destroying us right now," he mentioned. "Small businesses trying to build right now get killed by (required) permits."

He said he spoke with someone in the medical profession who complained that he is so busy doing mandated paperwork, he doesn't have time to see his patients.

Rohrer asked why nothing changes, and a man in the audience responded, "There's no will and no guts. They're elected on a promise and don't follow through."

Also important, said Rohrer, is that the government return to following the Constitution, which he termed "a compass" for the Republic.

Rohrer also commented how every great leader in the past possessed religious faith. He said this shouldn't be interpreted as meaning Baptist or any denomination, but a faith in God.