Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Walberg Meets Patients, Ignores Them (Updated)
Bumped to the top, because this is more important than polling. -- Fitzy
Congressman Tim Walberg says this on his blog:
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet with patients at Jackson Dialysis in Jackson, Michigan and discuss transportation issues. I heard from patient after patient about how high gas prices are negatively affecting their pocketbooks.(Emphasis added.)
From that, we get the impression that the patients Walberg spoke with mainly complained about having to pay for gas to get into the clinic. That's a frustrating problem, and perhaps increasing energy production could help.
There's just one problem: that's not what the patients were complaining about!
Covering the meeting, the Jackson Citizen Patriot brought us this:
In other words, high gas prices aren't the problem. The problem is that patients without transportation are facing scheduling problems which are threatening proper treatment. These are patients who aren't looking for cheap gas and more oil. They're looking for more transportation options.
These are transportation options, of course, that Tim Walberg opposes.
Here's what Tim Walberg got from the meeting:
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to meet with patients at Jackson Dialysis in Jackson, Michigan and discuss transportation issues. I heard from patient after patient about how high gas prices are negatively affecting their pocketbooks....
Uh, Congressman? How will drilling for more oil help this problem?
Did you even bother to listen to what they had to say?
UPDATE: I got an e-mail reminding me about this from the Citizen Patriot last summer:
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg's office sent out a press release this week that touted his work toward securing $350,000 in federal funding for the Jackson Transportation Authority.(Emphasis added.)
So... Congressman Walberg takes credit for helping JTA, while actually voting against it. Then, he visits people who say they want more help from JTA, only to ignore them and their needs and use them as a political tool.
As of July 09, 2008, I have been working with the Schauer for Congress campaign in Lenawee County. My thoughts and writings are my own opinions, and I do not speak for Senator Schauer or anyone else in his organization.
NOTE: This disclaimer was added a few days late... I keep forgetting to add it at the end.
The single-minded emphasis of drill drill drill by Repubs everywhere reveals this theme for what it truly is--an election year gimmick to allow Repubs to attempt to blame Democrats for high pump prices. Nevermind that nobody with an ounce of common sense believes that this will affect pump prices before 2021, the Republican propaganda machine is once again operating on the theory that if you repeat a lie enough times, people will start to believe you. Witness McCains latest commercial explicitly blaming Obama for high gas prices. It's time we started pointing this out--that the Repubs don't really believe their plan will work, they just want to avoid taking responsibility for their own inaction when they controlled Congress for all those years.Post a Comment
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