Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Schweikert two-stepping all over his constituents

From an op-ed written by Congressman David Schweikert and  published in the East Valley Tribune on March 11, 2011 -
"I remain committed, as I have always been, to protecting seniors..."
From Section 501 of H. Con. Res. 34 (page 58 of the linked .pdf), aka "the Ryan budget" that Schweikert voted for a little more than a month later, April 15, 2011 -
(2) For future generations, when they reach eligibility, Medicare is reformed to provide a premium support payment and a selection of guaranteed health coverage options from which recipients can choose a plan that best suits their needs.
Schweikert is holding a "listening session" today.

At a police station in Tempe.

Just guessing here, but if his rationale behind meeting with the residents of CD5 while surrounded by the police is to intimidate dissenters from attending, perhaps he should reexamine his reasoning - his tea party supporters are the ones who think that "disorderly conduct" and "public discourse" are synonymous.

Trying to hide from legitimate dissent by hiding in a police station will only accomplish two things -

1.  His most ardent supporters will have to stay away for fear of picking up a charge or two, which would hurt Schweikert's reelection chances - if you get convicted of a felony in AZ, you lose your voting rights unless they are restored.

2. His strongest dissenters, who tend to know a few things about how to conduct themselves in public and can make their points without getting arrested, will have an easy time locating him.

They're not going to find it difficult to find him and make him aware of their displeasure at the way he has thrown the nation's, and the district's, seniors under the bus.

Still, this whole "first step one way then step the other way" routine is good basic training for his post-Congress gig -

A third-tier celebrity also-ran on "Dancing With The Stars."

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