August 14, 2009

IBD Picks Up TWB’s Post At NB About Photo ID



Original links: NewsBusters; BizzyBlog

More from IBD:

…. Thanks to Tom Blumer, from whose blog we learned about Green’s plan, we know that in 2005 and 2006 the congressman opposed legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Now, what’s more important to the current and future health of our republic? Trying to hold clean elections or excluding “outsiders” from public meetings?

Green isn’t the only lawmaker trying to duck the hard questions about health care revision bills from voters fed up with an imperial federal government. Some congressmen are holding telephone town halls, while others have canceled public meetings altogether.

And at least one, Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., has been charged with packing a town hall meeting with union members — his real constituency? — and locking out more than 1,000 voters.

…. The Democrats have only themselves to blame for the grilling they’re getting at these town halls. They’re the ones who exaggerated the problems and cooked up a national health care scheme to solve them. They’re the ones who tried to ram it through Congress. All of them should have the courage to come out of hiding and get the verbal flogging they deserve.

Though I haven’t taken control of NewsBusters yet (/kidding), thanks to IBD for noting and spreading the word about the hypocrisy of Green and anyone else who insists on proof of residency to attend a town hall, but could care less about a potential voter proving that they are who they say they are on Election Day.

As discussed earlier today, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to go to an out-of-district town hall about health care, not the least of which is that you, your spouse, or your relatives are receiving health insurance coverage from a company that is located or headquartered there.

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘My Organizing for Astroturfing Adventure’) Is Up

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:57 am

OrganizingForAstroturfing0809(Left half of graphic is from the cover of Michelle Malkin’s NYT #1 bestseller, “Culture of Corruption.”)

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.



If what I have learned this week holds elsewhere, the attempt by Organizing for America to turn out thousands upon thousands of its minions at congressional offices (“Office Visits for Health Reform“) will turn out to have been a complete bust and will demonstrate that, despite attempts to make it appear otherwise, there is no grassroots groundswell for statist health care.

Supplement: In case someone whines that I went out of my home congressional district to “bother” another congressperson, here’s my pre-emptive response:

  • I lived, worked, or went to school in what is now Driehaus’s district for well over a decade.
  • Over the years, I have done and continue to do much of my business with employers located in the district, and employees who live in it.
  • Most important, the whining congresspersons and others who are complaining that many attendees at town halls during the past few weeks don’t live in their districts are conveniently forgetting that many of them may work for employers who are located or headquartered in that district. Many of these alleged interlopers are covered by those companies’ health insurance plans. Thus, they could be severely hurt if ObamaCare passes. Such people have more than enough justification for being allowed into a related town hall meeting, and to contact that district’s congressperson, if they’re concerned that he or she is going to vote to ultimately ruin their employer-provided coverage.

At least one Congressman has publicly noted that he will require photo IDs of all future town hall attendees so he can verify that they are district residents. The Congressman, Eugene Green of Texas, apparently doesn’t see any irony in the fact that he has opposed laws requiring voters to present valid identification at the polls.

Privacy Alert: I noted in the column that OFA required those participating in the office visits to provide their phone numbers, “so an organizer can follow up with you.” Here’s the pictorial proof (click here or on image to see the full-sized version; red box is mine):


As I said in the column: “How thoughtful.”

Yes, I gave out a real phone number, and no, I have not been contacted by “an organizer” as of 9:00 a.m. this morning.

Update: Incorporated into this post (“Organizing for Apathy: Zeleny NYT Column On OFA Ignores Pathetic ‘Office Visits’ Campaign Results”).