Saturday, August 15, 2009

I am invited to a townhall


I need your input here. I have been invited to a town hall meeting with my congressman, Gary Miller (R-CA), to be held at a neighbor's home. I was invited through AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), probably because I went to an AIPAC fundraiser luncheon this past year. It was my first one, and it was interesting to see the parade of politicians getting a turn at the podium and all saying pretty much the same thing. Yes, we support Israel. Yes, we love AIPAC. Some of their statements were met with approval, and some were met with grumbling, if the statements were at odds with their past voting record.

I need your help figuring out what questions to ask Congressman Miller, should I get the chance. Or what ideas I should pass along to him. He is already against Obamacare, so I could compliment him for his stance on that. What about U.S/Israel relations. Do you have any ideas about that? How to handle Iran?

Then I need to figure out what to wear. I'm thinking probably a Palin-style skirt suit.

50 comments:

blackandgoldfan said...

Hey Opus!

I would ask Miller if he would sign on to an Israeli-led strike on Iran. In my opinion, that would say a lot about where he stands on Iran. If he feels that negotiations are the way to go, he's not really a supporter of Israel's right to keep itself safe from A-jad.

Great blog!

bluepitbull said...

Ask him if we can arm Hamas and Al Qaeda because they could very well wipe each other out given their in -fighting.

Israeli problem solved.

No, seriously, we need to know how to deal with a nuclear Iran and what policies are being discussed. Seems to me European intervention and sanctions aren't working.

One Ticked Chick said...

Opus, I have a list of questions emailed to me by SGP if you're interested. I can email them to you up at SGP if you'd like.

RRR said...

Awesome opportunity Opus-

Strange sitch tho, not have a Dem to go yell at... a dissapointment!

Anyhoo, maybe you ask him what he thinks will come of all this- if Obama is willing to change Senate rules to ram-it-down-our-throats in Sept... political suicide, IMO- but he's nutty enough to do it.

Would be interesting to hear how Miller thinks this may all play out... and what WE can do to throw a wrench in the works...

Amusing Bunni said...

Morning Opie:
How exciting to get the chance to have your voice heard.

You should wear a nice suit, such as one shown. And of course compliment him on his intelligent stance against obamacare, and ask maybe what he is doing/going to do to make sure his fellows see the light and don't vote for it either.

With the fools we have running things, in regards to US/Israel, Israel is getting mad with us, because they see how obama has thrown them under the bus, and he panders to Iran, so good luck there....I don't know, maybe mention it to him?

I see you commented on that UK nutter's blog, Iike I did...well Flynn wrote us back, insulting our intelligence, of course! You have way more readers and friends than I do, Opie. Let's really bombard his site with the truth. Thanks to DnC writing you about this. Have a Fun Saturday.

PS at the town hall, are you bringing, or is anyone you know attending, a recording device, cam, etc. It would be good to capture some nice footage of a smart politician.

Bungalow Bill said...

I will see what I can come up with. Claire McCaskill had a closed sign on her door yesterday for her open office invitation I signed up for.

Beth said...

This plan would create rationing through government committees, force all Americans to buy over-priced, politically created health insurance, create an economically unsustainable government-run insurance plan, and impose economy-crushing taxes. More than 88 million Americans could LOSE their private, employer-based coverage. Yearly premiums for Americans with private coverage could jump as much as $460 per person as a result of more cost-shifting. Even doctors stand to lose thousands of dollars of income under the legislation. Annual physician net income is estimated to drop by 6.3 percent or $13.4 billion (coming in at an average $18,900 per physician) when compared with current trends.

This is OUTRAGEOUS, and YOU must stop it. Please, do the RIGHT thing -- REJECT H.R. 3200, " America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009," or any other attempt to force socialized health care or government-mandated health insurance on Americans. Thank you.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

I'll bet you'll look good in anything!

My Sarcastic Opinion said...

I second what Odie said..

Ray said...

Go, give em hell Opus, cant help ya with the attire although your choice looks nice to me...

ask the rep how he feels about Obama's unelected Czars and ask him if he knows where Barry's Birth cert is being hidden

(don't ask that until you're ready to leave though however....lol)

LL said...

I may send you an e-mail on this. The Iran issue is a very tricky one. Balancing our relationships with Iran, the Saudis and Israel is one of the most daunting foreign policy problems this or any recent administration has faced.

Wolfman George said...

Do you have anything to wear that has a swastika on it? Maybe you could borrow one from one of Pelosi's "plants"!(Just Kidding!)

You might want to ask when impeachment proceeding will begin and who will initiate them?

I would do it just to see what kind of response I got from the crowd.

But then, I haven't been invited (maybe there is a cause/effect thing going on there! LOL)

lady di said...

Good for you, as per my blog our town hall was canceled and a meeting of folks was held at court house. The bus was also their for Obama Care.

Opus #6 said...

B & G fan, OK, I'll put you into the "bombs' away" category. ;-) That would either work, or touch off WW3. I really don't know, but it would be interesting to hear the congressman's opinion.

Opus #6 said...

Bluepit, OK, no arming Hamaz and Al Quaeda to the teeth.

The nuclear Iran is troubling. I will pay attention when he discusses that issue.

Opus #6 said...

One Ticked Chick, that would be lovely. I will look for your private message on Smart Girl Politics.

Opus #6 said...

RRR, so ask about the consequences of the dems ramming govt care down our throats. And strategies to prevent it or recover afterwards.

Opus #6 said...

Bunni, so ask him what influence he has over his fellow congressmen in the health care debate. Ask his opinion of Obama's throw-Israel-under-the-bus strategy. And bring a camera with extra batteries. Check.

I went back over there. With facts. Lefties hate facts. Too bad.

Opus #6 said...

Bill, Claire must be running scared from YOU. Maybe she reads your blog....

Opus #6 said...

Beth, great comment. I may use that later in a copy/paste on other blogs.

Opus #6 said...

Woodie, you are too kind. :-)

Opus #6 said...

Sarcastic Opinion, thank you. Nice to see you here, btw. You have a cool blog. Man after my own heart.

Opus #6 said...

Ray, that birth cert question will have to wait until last. The Czar question is OK, though. Good thought.

Opus #6 said...

LL, I look forward to your thoughtful and nuanced opinion. You have considerable experience on the ground in the middle east and your perspective will be valuable.

Opus #6 said...

Wolfman, I might have to save the impeachment question until after the 2010 election. Let's see what kind of majority we can cobble together.

Opus #6 said...

Lady Di, I would be surprised to see anybody bussed in to this home-based invitation-only event.

I'm sorry they made a mockery of your townhall meeting. When they bus in protesters from out of town, that takes away the "town" aspect of the whole thing. Hopefully they won't be able to bus in voters to prevent you from voting your rep out in the next election.

Teresa said...

Opie,
I think the Palin-style skirt suit would be great, but I think you'll look great in anything you wear.
I would maybe ask Miller, At what point in time or in what type of situation does Israel have a right to defend itself and use force against Iran? Does he think or even fear that time is near? Or does he think that negotiations should go on forever?

I think it always good to say thank you to a Congressman who actually does something that's correct or good for the nation.

Opus #6 said...

Theresa, good point. It will be good to pin down his position on use of force to defend Israel.

Z said...

if you look like that model in your pant suit, you won't HAVE to ask him anything! Heh!

ASK HIM HOW HE THINKS OBAMA'S GETTING AWAY WITH THE BLATANT LIES..like "you can keep your private insurance" and why the REPUBLICANS aren't shouting about that to the rafters! That ought to get things going!

Nickie Goomba said...

Get a commitment on health care and Cap 'n Tax. I don't trust many of the Republicans to hold the line.

Opus #6 said...

Z, this is what I will more likely look like. http://mainfo.blogspot.com/2008/10/good-iep-meeting-today.html

So I should ask him why Republican lawmakers are not speaking out in loud objection to Obama's lies.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, I will have no problem asking him for confirmation on voting down those 2 dogs.

Always On Watch said...

Interestingly enough, today in the mail I got an invitation to a town hall -- one being run by democrats. And guess who's supposed to be there? Howard Dean! Yeehaw!

I bet that this town hall, to be held in a large auditorium at a public high school in a few weeks. I'm sure that it will packed.

Opus #6 said...

Nickie, I found some info on Rep. Miller's views on Cap and Tax. Indeed, he introduced his own energy legislation on July 31, 2009:

Rep. Gary Miller Unveils Comprehensive Energy Legislation

Washington, Jul 31 -

Today, Congressman Miller unveiled the American Energy Production and Cost Reduction Act, a comprehensive energy bill that will reduce our nation’s costly dependence on foreign oil, boost our economy, and lower energy costs.

“Despite the fact that gas prices are steadily rising again and the deficit is quickly growing, Congressional Democrats and the Administration are currently on track to implement a cap and trade proposal which raise utility bills and kill American jobs,” said Congressman Miller. “At the same time, the Administration has also limited domestic energy production by freezing all pending rules that would have expanded energy production in twelve areas of the Outer Continental Shelf for offshore drilling. At a time when our nation is facing economic hardship, it is unacceptable to increase the cost of energy, ship American jobs overseas, and severely restrict the production of American-made energy. Rather than implement a cap and tax scheme, I have introduced a comprehensive energy bill that encourages domestic energy production, jumpstarts our economy, and lowers energy costs for all Americans.”

In order to make American-made energy more readily available, Congressman Miller today introduced the American Energy Production and Cost Reduction Act. This legislation reduces regulatory burdens that delay advances in domestic energy production. In addition, the bill ensures that all coastal waters off the United States are open for drilling, incentivizes states by sharing a portion of the revenue derived, and creatively uses the earnings from offshore drilling to pay down our skyrocketing national debt. Furthermore, the bill guarantees nuclear power will be a viable option for future generations and supports renewable energy tax incentives for wind, solar, biodiesel, and other forms of energy. The legislation also places Congress on record that it will not enact policies that will increase Americans’ energy bills, such as job-killing cap-and-tax legislation.

“The simple reality is that America has vast unexplored domestic energy sources that can be brought to market in an environmentally friendly manner,” added Congressman Miller. “While both Congressional Democrats and the Administration continue their efforts to raise taxes, grow both government and the deficit, and keep much of our nation’s valuable natural resources under lock and key, the American Energy Production and Cost Reduction Act fights for energy solutions that place the American people first. By increasing the supply of American made energy, we can help drive down the cost of gas, lessen our dangerous dependence on foreign sources of oil, and stimulate our ailing economy.”

Opus #6 said...

And Nickie, he seems to be saying the right things about health care. If found this on his website:

Ask Your Doctor

Washington, Aug 1 -

The Administration and Congressional Democrats are currently wheeling and dealing to implement a government-run health care system to “compete” against plans in the private market. As with every major medical decision, it is important that you discuss with your doctor the implications such a plan will have on your health care. The proposal will adversely impact the quality of health care you receive in your doctor’s office, hospital, and other medical facilities.

Under their plan, Democrats have proposed creating a powerful, unelected government health board that would tell physicians how to practice medicine. This board would have the power to decide which treatments patients could receive and at what cost.

Simply put, a government takeover of health care will radically change the health care landscape by rationing care and putting bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions instead of doctors. According to a study conducted by an independent research firm, it is estimated that 114 million Americans would lose their current private coverage as a result of a government-run plan.

Because a government-run health care system is estimated to cost trillions in taxpayer dollars, the Administration recently outlined new cuts to Medicare benefits, totaling over $300 billion, including cuts to physicians and hospitals, to pay for this mass expansion. Cuts to Medicare will unduly affect our nation’s 44 million seniors and will limit, rather than expand, their access to quality health care.

Making matters worse, the Democrats’ government-run plan would reimburse doctors and hospitals at Medicare rates. The problem is that, on average, Medicare reimbursements to physicians and hospitals are 20 percent and 32 percent below those paid by private plans, respectively. In fact, it is estimated that Medicare hospital reimbursements are 6.9 percent below what it costs hospitals to provide care. Given the vast erosion of private health coverage caused by a government-run plan, a greater share of physician and hospital revenues would be based on Medicare’s chronic under-payments.

Further, because 114 million Americans would be forced out of higher reimbursing private plans and into a government-run plan that underpays physicians, it is estimated that hospitals will experience a 63 percent reduction in hospital net-income. As a result of payment cuts, bureaucratic mandates, and constant overhead operating costs, your doctor and hospital will be forced to downsize their office and facilities because they simply will not be able to afford the price tag that comes with government-run health care. And what is worse, this will translate into fewer services offered to you and your family and will limit access to your doctor.

As your doctor is clearly aware, Medicare is already a bureaucratic nightmare and adding millions of Americans to government rolls will only increase the complexities and hindrances to delivering quality care. A government-run health care system will place a Washington bureaucrat between you and your doctor and will limit the choices and life-saving medicines available to you and your family. Next time you consult your doctor for health care advice, talk to your doctor about what government-run health care would mean for you in the future—your doctor knows best.

GARY G. MILLER
Member of Congress

Opus #6 said...

Always on Watch, now your town hall sounds like FUN. Make sure you bring your camera and extra batteries. Use the video component of the camera, as it is easiest to make the 2 to 5 minute video clips that play well on you tube. And go hold those DEMS accountable!!!!

The_Kid said...

Could you suggest that in 2012, the Repubs only run people who have a chance in hell of winning, so that when the media picks our candidate again, it will be someone with a chance.

And remind that repubs only win when they run as conservatives and not some milquetoast democrat facsimile.

Tia!

Z said...

Yes, I hope you do ask that...
have a good time...soak it up and REPORT TO US :-)

Opus #6 said...

Kid, that was BEYOND frustrating last time. To have Mr. Milktoast running the show, doing strange things and wrecking what little chance he had. So sad for the country the way things are turning out.

Cany said...

Is this just on the Middle East or is it on positions in general?

Opus #6 said...

Z, you better believe it. I'm your Intrepid Reporter. ;-)

Opus #6 said...

Cany, that is a good question. From what I gather from the invitation, they want us to concentrate mainly on Israeli/American issues. However, I doubt they would toss me out for bringing up another topic. I'll let you know.

Miss T.C. Shore said...

Whatever you do, don't pretend to be a doctor and then make a stupid comment. They'll catch you. That being said, if you do get a chance to ask a question, I'm sure you'll do great.

Soloman said...

I don't have much to add in the way of questions... seems you've had a lot of responses and the ideas are being covered pretty well. I'm sure a Palin-style skirt suit will win 'em over... :)~

Not to take away attention from your event, but to you, Opie, and anyone else who's subscribing to replies - I have posted email / webform links to all the companies who have (at this time) dropped Glenn Beck, as well as generic emails for anyone who's interested in fighting back. We need to make a stand in his defense.

Enjoy your town hall!

Opus #6 said...

Miss T C Shore, thanks, I will try not to impersonate anyone while there, lol. Hopefully who I am will be good enough.

Opus #6 said...

Sol, good point. I have made a post with a link to your Glenn Beck letters.

Z said...

when IS that thing?

Opus #6 said...

Z, it is Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 7pm PDT.

Clifton B said...

Opus#6

1. Do try to sneak a few pics for your blog (if you can).

2. Palin style was all the rage at the fundraiser I held at my home in last October.

3. If you want to impress an idea upon him, try impress the idea that Republican spin on Democratic ideas is simply passé. Tell him to squish bad Democrat ideas from the get go. For example, 2 years ago when Democrats started the whole "health care crisis" mantra, where were the Republicans to say, there is no "crisis". Had they done that, the Democrats would never have been able to serious put forth any idea calling for a massive redo of our health care system.

Opus #6 said...

Clifton, I'm on board that boat 100%. No Dem-light candidates, please.