On Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, Congressman Dan Webster (FL-8) hosted his third town hall in a week back in our district. Webster once again brought the truth with him and shared the harsh reality that we must face up to what being $14 Trillion dollars in debt really means. Personally, I would like to see Congressman Webster take a stronger stand. I don't think he should have supported the budget with a mere $38.5 billion in cuts and I don't think that a "Yes, if...." stance on the debt limit vote is strong enough. I wish he was more bold in his statements and I believe that if more Congressman held a stronger line, they'd see much more support from We The People. In fact, some of the Senate Democrats may even feel such strong political winds blowing they may even begin to fold in the Senate and see the light.
Do I think Congressman Webster understands the issue, though? Yes. Does he really grasp what being $14 trillion in debt means? Absolutely. Is he trying to do something about it? Most definitely. I just think he has a different approach.
One thing is for certain, though, the Progressive groups are out in force in Florida. We witnessed this in Tallahassee a month ago, we're hearing about them pouring money and hired activists into Jacksonville races, and now we see them on display at congressional town halls.
The Progressive groups are really desperate to re-create the successful and completely organic tea party uprising during the August recess in 2009 when citizens from all over the country attended town halls and questioned their representatives.
What I'm enjoying is that their cards are being laid on the table for all to see. They're coming out of the woodwork and showing their true colors, unable to hide behind double-speak and clever marketing...and they're doing it in an incredibly rude and crass way. The differences between good and evil, right and wrong, are becoming more and more apparent. Fence sitters will definitely have an easier decision to make in the next election.
Here is a story on our site FloridaPoliticalPress.com where TomT investigated who the professional agitators were naming names and identifying by which groups they are funded (hint, Acorn and MoveOn.org have something to do with it).
Some of the talking points we heard today were:
"Is this a scare tactic??" "Were you at the Grayson meeting??" "Where were you when Grayson was speaking?" "Are you going to raise taxes??" "We need to tax corporations!" "That's because you're not taxing the wealthy"
When we attended town halls in 2009, we asked about the constitution and the rule of law, the proper relationship between the states and federal government, about spending too much and placing mandates on a free people....and they're asking about what they're entitled to! The differences in viewpoints is stunning!!
In this video, a police officer actually asked that the interrupting Progressives act like grownups:
Clyde Fabretti of the West Orlando Tea Party takes on one of the Re-Gressive Statists after the town hall. This is where his point of wanting to implement the tax levels of the 90's is immediately met with the need to implement the spending levels of the 90's.
H/T and a very special Thank You to Todd and Linda for these videos today. They are true patriots that again and again take time away from their families and professional life to stand up against re-gressive progressives. With friends like these on the front lines, I'm confident our Republic will be saved.