Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Congressman Walz and health care

From the Owatonna People's Press-

While the media reports on angry town hall meetings around the country on the health care reform bill, Southern Minnesota residents should be asking one question: Where is our Congressman? With Rep. Walz home for the August recess, it seems logical that we the constituents would have a chance to meet with our congressman and express our opinions on this drastic legislation. But the congressman’s Web site shows no public meetings coming up, and an Internet search shows no public appearances for Rep Walz in the near future.

The proposed health care reform is, to say the least, extremely controversial. It would bring huge changes to the health care industry, and there are dozens of questions that have yet to be answered. The most important such question is this: If this plan is so good for America, why haven’t any congressmen committed to putting themselves and their families on this radical plan? In 17 years in the military, I have learned one rock solid rule about leadership: Never send your soldiers to do a job that you would not be willing to do yourself.

Congressman Walz will vote next month on a health care plan for America that he appears to be unwilling to submit his own family to. If Congressman Walz truly believes in this plan, he should use his experience in the Army to demonstrate his belief, and lead from the front.

Dave Thul
Co-chair, Steele County GOP

Friday, August 7, 2009

No town hall meetings for Walz?

So says a letter writer to the Austin Daily Herald-
"I called the office of Congressman Tim Walz and learned that he will not be holding town hall meetings during the August recess. Walz’s office said town hall meetings are not constructive; he is holding targeted meetings instead."

Suddenly, town hall meetings are not constructive? Sounds like someone is afraid to hear what the voters think of Obamacare.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Where is Congressman Walz?

The US House of Representatives are on their August recess, home to talk to constituents about important bills, notably the Health Care Reform bill, popularly known as Obamacare.

While other congressmen are holding townhall meetings across the country, Congressman Walz has none scheduled. His website lists no public events coming up, and calls to his Mankato office get a response of 'no information available at this time'.

Congressman Walz has asked residents to call or write him, but given that he is back in Minnesota for almost a month, is it too much to ask to be able to ask him a question in person?