Did you notice that every answer Congressman Derek Kilmer gave at his telephone town hall meeting was about five minutes long? And most of what he said was repetitive and taken from his bi-weekly newsletters. The presumption is that everyone motivated to listen to a telephone townhall already gets and reads his newsletters. So why does he keep talking about head lice and his EDC work? There was very little new.
My questions were in the queue but I never got a chance to ask him personally.
1. Did you vote for or against the separate House funding bills for the Dept of Veteran Affairs and the National Park Service? (Since the voting was mostly partisan, I presume he voted against it but I wanted him to explain WHY.)
2. The Obama Administration has created an uneven playing field by giving thousands of Affordable Healthcare Act waivers to special interest groups. Would you vote for a clean House bill if it removed the health care subsidies and waivers for all federal workers?
MAYBE he’ll answer those.
He has lost considerable credibility with me because of his failure to provide specifics of his individual actions beyond the showmanship of stopping his pay. That’s a gimmick and only the most gullible will see it as meaningful.
I also see that he keeps referring to Congress as not doing its job, but fails to separate House actions from Senate actions. The House has passed numerous budget bills but Sen. Harry Reid and President Obama have announced they “won’t negotiate.”