Peter Visclosky (D-IN), noted sock puppet of Pennsylvania corruptocrat John Murtha, knew he was going to have problems at his Town Hall Meetings in his district of Indiana. He remains under investigation for bribery in his dealings with a Murtha-connected Lobbying firm, and while the heavily-Democrat voting areas of Lake county would probably continue to vote him back into office blindly, he expected some Tea Party action in Republican Porter County.
So what to do if you’re an “entitled” Democrap who doesn’t like the mean constituents yelling at you? You make sure the cops are there at your forums.
Oh yeah, THAT will endear your constituents to you, for sure!
The turnout for U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky was bigger in Chesterton — but louder in Portage.
The forum in the Westchester Library Service Center attracted 150 people, while 100 packed the Portage City Council chamber.
At both stops, almost half of the questions on cards and from the floor dealt with the coming House-Senate conference on health care reform bill.
Visclosky again refused to say how he would vote on the bill when it comes out of the joint committee.
Coward. Like we don’t already know he’s voted for almost everything the Obama Administration has rammed through Congress.
One person in Portage asked, “Why are you walking in lockstep with Obama, Reid and Pelosi on their radical agenda?”
The first eruption followed the efforts of Joyce Bennett of Valparaiso to press him on whether health care reform would increase property taxes. “It’s going to cost Indiana $2.4 billion in additional Medicaid costs,” she said, waving a sheaf of what she said was research that showed health reform is not deficit neutral.
“That is patently false. There’s no connection with property taxes,” Visclosky replied, to general shouts of disapproval.
Excuse me, Congressman Imbecile; she didn’t say anything about Property Taxes. Are you deaf as well as stupid? She said Medicaid Costs — and that’s already in both bills, if you had bothered to read them.
And then it got ugly:
Two Portage police officers stepped forward when a senior citizen, who later declined to identify herself, stood up to vent. “There wouldn’t be this much discussion if we didn’t have so many lies from the House,” she said. She sat down before any action was taken.
And . . . I’m struggling to see what the threat was here that the cops had to intimidate a senior citizen for speaking her mind. Scared of little old ladies, Pete? (Oh, wait — he probably sees Nancy Pelosi on a daily basis; that’s pretty damned scary right there.)
In Valparaiso, one of the questions he faced was whether, if the majority of voters in his district were against health care reform, Visclosky would vote against it. As he has done at other forums, Visclosky demurred.
“I can’t tell you. It’s a work in progress,” he said, adding that while many of those in the audience opposed health care reform, some of the 675,000 people in his district think the proposed reform doesn’t go far enough.
Yes; less than 35% of them according to the polls. So does that mean we go against the will of the majority; or is this still the United States of America, and a democracy, you supercilious twit?
He fought against occasional interruptions, which he pointed out came from people who had done the same at other forums. After one particularly heated exchange, a Valparaiso police officer edged through a doorway into the City Hall chambers. A second officer was stationed in the hallway.
When asked to name “just one thing that government does better than the private sector,” Visclosky said Social Security, drawing both applause and boos as some pointed out the system was going broke.
“I cannot imagine or envision what the average life of a senior citizen would be today if we did not have Social Security,” he said. “I would worry more about the Cubs winning the pennant this year than Social Security going broke,” he said.
Oddly, the Hometown paper of Portage and Chesterton, The Northwest Indiana Times, decided not to cover these events. Not that they’re slanted in their coverage or anything, but they have endorsed Visclosky every time for re-election, as well as endorsing Obama for President.
Probably just an oversight or something.