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August 12, 2011--Rep. Thad McCotter spoke for a relatively brief six minutes and twenty seconds, emphasizing that government "must become citizen driven and more horizontal and democratized."  "In the 21st century the future is not big government, it is self government," McCotter stated.  "It is the empowerment of the individual, it is the empowerment of you."  McCotter took eight questions covering autism, qualifications for a politician, the super committee, the Clean Air Act, threats to sovereignty, the Second Amendment, recapitalizing banks, and health care.  [transcript]