Thursday, March 17, 2005

John Sweeney - Afraid of his constituents?

The group In This Together has called on John Sweeney (R-NY) to hold a town hall style meeting to lead a discussion on social security reform. From their press release:

"In This Together called on Rep. John Sweeney to meet with his constituents to discuss Social Security. “We’re disappointed that John Sweeney has not yet scheduled a town meeting to discuss the future of Social Security,” said Gallagher. “He may not have made his mind up about cutting benefits and diverting money from the Social Security trust fund to private accounts, but that’s not a reason to ignore what his constituents have to say. "

I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for Sweeney to face the voters. Seems like the powers that be in D.C. have instructed the Republican representatives to limit audiences to supporters only. That is right, if you might have a voice of opposition, you aren't welcome. Sounds downright American, right? From USAToday

"This month, Republican leaders say they are chucking the open town-hall format. They plan to visit newspaper editorial boards and talk to constituents at Rotary Club lunches, senior citizen centers, chambers of commerce meetings and local businesses. In those settings, "there isn't an opportunity for it to disintegrate into something that's less desirable," says Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference."

That is right. You don't want something "less desirable" like, perhaps, open debate of an issue.

So, I'm pretty sure John Sweeney will hide out somewhere with a bunch of "believers" and avoid the rest of us. Ironic that we have elected officials who think it is ok to vote for our soldiers to go and fight preemptive wars while they can't even face unarmed voters. Would it be ok if our soliders decided not to go into Fallujah because it might "disintegrate into something that's less desirable".