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Dems avoiding health care town halls

* The town hall forum, long a hallmark of the August congressional recess, is disappearing this year as the partisan lines harden and tempers flare over the health care debate.

Democratic Rep. Brad Miller of Raleigh received a death threat from a constituent, his staff said.

The caller was angry that Miller wasn't holding a town hall meeting.

Two congressmen, Democrats Heath Shuler of Bryson City and Larry Kissell of Biscoe, are phoning it in, holding a town hall meeting from the safe distance of a teleconference. Most other U.S. House members aren't even going that far.

Conservative critics of President Barack Obama's plan for health care reform are demanding town hall forums across the country, because they want to give members of Congress — particularly Democrats who support the president — an earful of why they think it is a bad idea. Several town halls in other states have become instant YouTube classics, with shouting, angry mobs humiliating congressmen. For the Democrats, it smells like a set-up by conservative advocacy groups.

"They were not interested in having a discussion," said Democratic Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte, referring to what he called orchestrated efforts to push for a town hall meeting. "They were interested in having a town meeting they're going to disrupt." (N&O)

* A slate of government reform bills that gained attention amid controversies surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley will not be taken up as lawmakers push to end this year's work. That's according to a leading senator whose committee is handling the bills.

Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a Democrat from Asheville, and other legislators said there is support to make changes. But they said there is not enough time to finish them before legislators adjourn for this year.

"We'll do them next year," Nesbitt said. "There is no attempt to kill them by omission." (N&O)

 


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Re: Dems avoiding health care town halls

Mel Watt is a communist racist pig.

Re: Dems avoiding health care town halls

I recall reading that some of the local elected Democrats and school officials were "told" to be present for Gov. Perdue's "Raise the Taxes Tour."

They did not mind packing the halls with "whirling dervishes" who went into convulsions of happiness when Gov. Perdue said we must raise taxes to "protect the classroom."

So why can't those opposed to Obamacare not pack the halls with unruly "mobs?" All politics is local and I am surprised that the Democrats would not want to mingle with their constituents.

But they'll probably be willing to meet with them when it comes time to ask for the vote.

Some of these bullets go somewhere else

I think.

* A slate of government reform bills that gained attention amid controversies surrounding former Gov. Mike Easley will not be taken up as lawmakers push to end this year's work. That's according to a leading senator whose committee is handling the bills.

Sen. Martin Nesbitt, a Democrat from Asheville, and other legislators said there is support to make changes. But they said there is not enough time to finish them before legislators adjourn for this year.

"We'll do them next year," Nesbitt said. "There is no attempt to kill them by omission." (N&O)

Where is the truth squad when you need them?

What happened to the Obama truth squads? They would be perfect to handle these "mobs."

Did they learn this from an ACORN handbook? An outrage!

There is a report out that there are only 19 people who are attending these town hall meetings and protesting. They disguise themselves and go from town to town. Rove drives the bus. If you will compare the videos you will see that they are the same people. So basically there are only 19 people in the US opposed to the healing power of Obamacare.

According to one highly placed Democratic official,

"We fear they have stolen an ACORN handbook !"

Re: Dems avoiding health care town halls

I don't want to take off time from work to hear caustic and vitriolic speech from a small group of people intent on undermining the President for purely political purposes.

So true. That's what DOME is for.

Re: Dems avoiding health care town halls

These town hall meetings are a waste of time! Who wants to attend to hear a shouting match between people who have already made up their minds? I don't want to take off time from work to hear caustic and vitriolic speech from a small group of people intent on undermining the President for purely political purposes. Those who wish to hear the sane and rational speech or wish to have a intelligent discourse will have to find another way to get information about what the plan really says. Thank goodness for the internet...at least I can find the actual document and read it for myself instead of having "interpreters" lead me, through fear, to some predetermined destination on their road to political victory-human costs be damned.

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