Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Praying for Walberg on SCHIP

Walberg won't listen to the facts and he won't listen to labor. He won't listen to the American people or his own constituents. He certainly won't listen to the Democrats or to Mark Schauer. So far, he's only listened to the Club for Growth.

But before he was Congressman Walberg and before he was state Representative Walberg, he was Reverend Walberg. The national group Catholics United has been appealing to his pro-life morals to try to encourage him to vote to override President Bush's veto.

Now, local religious leaders are doing the same.
Several members of the Joint-religious Organizing Network for Action and Hope (JONAH) plan to meet with U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, today at 11 a.m. to persuade him to vote to override President George W. Bush’s veto of a federal and state funded children’s health insurance program.

Following the meeting, they plan to hold an open prayer for the Congressman’s vote at about 11:30 or 11:45 a.m. at Commerce Pointe near Battle Creek City Hall.

The public are welcome to join in the prayer.
This isn't an issue about money. It doesn't add to the debt, and no one would ever call this pork spending. And this isn't about "socialized medicine," because SCHIP is nothing like what Canada or Western Europe use. And this isn't about illegal immigrants or $83,000 or any of that stuff, none of which is an actual part of the bill.

This is a simple question of morals. When you see people in need-- especially children-- do you help them?

The meeting is over by now, but I hope it went well. I hope they convinced Congressman Walberg to listen to his conscience and changes his mind.

If Congressman Walberg votes to support the president's veto, it'll certainly make him an easier candidate to defeat. But you know what? I don't care about that. Once, just once, I want to see my congressman do something that will help someone besides the Club for Growth.

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I wonder if praying for Congressman Walberg will help him answer his constituent e-mail. I've written him 3 times since July on specific bills or amendments and he's never responded.

I would never vote for him under any circumstance, but I'm on a mission. You would think that someone who's so vulnerable would have a more responsive constituent operation. But then again, he was elected by Club for Growth and not the citizens of the 7th.
Mark Schauer wrote a guest column in the CitPat speaking directly to the issue of SCHIP and overriding the veto.

What are the three issues he is dodging?

Maybe from now on people could cc their letters to Walberg (post them on Walberg Watch) and then post the reply when (if?) it ever comes.

Fitzy, this might be useful getting his responses to issues out into the public sphere where we can all get a crack at him.
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