Skip to comments.Speak out on health care (U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston holds town meeting in Jesup, GA. Any others?)
Posted on 07/31/2009 3:34:36 PM PDT by Libloather
Speak out on health care
Friday, July 31, 2009 Edition
Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
Its generally accepted that some kind of health-care reform is needed. But what kind and when?
Some on the right are leery about government mandates and public options and fear the possible cost to taxpayersand the possibility of expanding the use of tax funds for abortions.
Some on the left are concerned that the government is not actively considering a single-payer option but is instead choosing to work primarily through the current private-insurance system.
The president, meanwhile, is warning that the current system is costing more than that of other developed nations without producing better resultsand that current trends will eventually bankrupt the country through Medicare and Medicaid funding.
As affected industries air potentially misleading ads and send lobbyists to Washington, Congress continues to debate how best to extend coverage, contain costs and protect Americans health.
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will be in Jesup next week to let citizens know the status of the debate from his perspective and to hear the concerns and questions on the minds of Wayne County residents.
The issue is too important to ignore. For that reason we need to make an effort to let our voices be heard when Kingston leads a town-hall meeting on health-care reform at 11 a.m. next Wednesday at Altamaha Technical Colleges C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Center.
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“Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; if it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.” — Judge Learned Hand, 1944
The periodic Congressional recesses should afford us the opportunity to get some valuable face time with our respective congress critters. Some of these folks will be holding Town Hall Meetings around their states/districts. A call to one of their local offices or a visit to their web sites ought to give you the schedule.
Actually, the LOCAL TOWN HALL MEETING is the best and least costly — way to get to these folks. Many well-intentioned advocacy groups who urge their members to GO TO WASHINGTON are more interested in putting on a show than actually impacting legislation. The simple fact is that unless they can put a few million folks on the Mall, the political ruling elites simply IGNORE these sorts of events.
The OTHER problem with seeking an audience with these critters ostensibly OUR EMPLOYEES (or, FORMER EMPLOYEES) — in their offices in D.C or even in the district is that you are at the psychological and emotional disadvantage of BEING ON THEIR TURF in the undesirable role of an inferior pleading with a superior.
These TOWN HALL MEETING take place on the closest thing to NEUTRAL TERRITORY as can be found. And, unlike those office meetings, they will be filled with OTHER citizens whom your public questions/comments can sensitize to issues other than the one that brought them there. (NOTE: IF YOUR CRITTER FORCES YOU TO SEND THOSE QUESTION CARDS UP TO HIS THRONE WHERE HIS DISTRICT FLUNKIE WILL CULL ALL BUT THOSE HIS LIEGE WISHES TO ANSWER GET A NEW CRITTER AT THE NEXT ELECTION BECAUSE THIS ONE IS TOO FAR GONE TO BE SALVAGED.)
The recent immigration dust-up brought a lot of new folks into the fray over who runs the country. Because the forces of darkness never rest, IT IS VITAL THAT THESE NEW FOLKS NOT GO BACK TO SLEEP. Sadly, most of them will.
I predicted that illegal immigration would be a hot-button issue over 10 years ago when more than 70% of those at Newts meetings where I regularly went to gin up support for the Fair Tax (then called the National Retail Sales Tax) — were mad as hell and beating him up on the illegal situation. While he never has come out directly for the Fair Tax, more than once, Newt coupled the two issues by suggesting that the over 100,000 IRS agents be given a weapon and training and sent to guard the border with Mexico. Newt KNOWS how to couple.
If YOUR critters ARE having meetings and if not during THIS recess, unless their names are Reid, Pelosi, Graham or Schumer, they will almost certainly have them in the run-up to the election please think about attending, taking the mike and telling them what YOU think. Even if THEY fail to heed your words, you just may educate the audience to some new problem. Heck, you may even get a heart-warming round of applause.
If nothing else, its excellent THEATER to watch some of these folks artfully dodge questions, shuck and jive around a tough issue about which they have absolutely NO knowledge, have their overflowing drool-cups changed by one of their flunkies, etc. so TAKE A CARLOAD with you.
See you there???
A good place to find locations for these local meetings during the recess is www.teapartypatriots.org.
pete visclosky is holding one in chesterton indiana on monday at 6 30 i will be there with my signs. want to bring up the murtha fraud thing. anyone else in nw indiana?