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TIFTON, GA (WALB) - It's hard to find someone who isn't frustrated with Congress these days. Some men and women had the chance to get their frustrations off their chest face to face with their congressman.

Congressman Jack Kingston spoke at the Tiftarea Tea Party meeting where the debt crisis was front and center.

Tea Party activists had a lot to say to First District Congressman Jack Kingston at the Hilton Garden Inn in Tifton. Like most others here, Jeff Karson is concerned over America's $14.6 trillion debt.

"Our government is so large,we're borrowing 40 cents on the dollar," said Karson. "That's ridiculous. I can't run my household on it and you can't run the government on it."

Kingston mentioned three main initiatives to create jobs and lower the debt. Drill our own oil, cut government regulations that limit small businesses from operating, and simplify the tax code.

"Our tax code is cumbersome and onerous," said Kingston. "We spend something like $170 billion a year paying accountants to figure out how much we owe."

Folks like Som Bilotti say they're taxed enough already.

"We keep accumulating so much debt and they want to tax us more and more and I just don't understand it," said Bilotti.

Kingston heard from people concerned about the vicious cycle of government spending.

"Congressional leaders need to get back out there," Karson noted. "Why are they on break? Several say they are going to get back out there but no one is actually doing it."

That's why Kingston says he visited Tifton - to listen to these concerns and take them back to Congress.

Redistricting was also a big concern Monday night. State leaders haven't released their proposed new Congressional map yet, but Kingston hinted some towns in southwest Georgia could be removed from his district.

He hopes to keep several military bases including Moody Air Force Base.

Congressman Kingston will join Congressman Austin Scott for a forum on immigration policy Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at UGA's Tifton campus.