As I watch some of these Town Hall meetings, I am appalled at the behavior of the elected officials.
You can comment on the behavior of the citizens, but they get a pass in my book. They're the boss - even if they are minimalized and trivialized by the elite running the meeting.
Citizens are mad, they are seeing things slip away from them, they are being presented with one set of proposals after another to tax them more or restrict their freedoms. They don't speak in public everyday. Forgive an emotional outburst, a mis-speak, or a little shouting. They've had it.
On the other hand, the politicians speak in public or on the floor of Congress constantly. They should be on their very best behavior. Comparing someone to a dining room table and then telling her that you refuse to talk to her is unthinkable, Barney Frank.
Politicians have gotten it all wrong. The Town Halls are not for them to talk. It's for them to listen. They probably shouldn't even have microphones.
People are tired of seeing Congress act like they're doing us a favor by enduring all of the hardships of a 4-day work week, private health care, around the world junkets, and many of the other perks of office. People are tired of hearing that they are so busy that they can't possibly read the legislation they're voting on.
Next November I propose that as Americans we issue pink slips to all 435 House Members and the 34 Senators up for re-election. Then they'll have time to see it from our side of the equation.
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