Monday, March 25, 2013

Congressional Condescension . . .

From the Oneida Dispatch: Congressman tells elementary student to watch more than just Fox News

U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, R-22, visited students at Otto Shortell Middle School on March 22 and answered their questions about the world of politics. . . .
Toward the end of his visit, Hanna was introduced to 4th-grade North Broad Elementary student Dylan Price, who offered the congressman his own take on the federal budget in writing. He’d like to see massive cuts in spending. Hanna promised Price he’d give the note to the president the next time he sees him and suggested the boy stop watching Fox News more than the other news channels.
A boy expresses his concern over federal spending  (and, by implication, the federal debt that he will be expected to assume), and the Congressman responds by speculating on the boy's viewing habits and changing the subject to Fox News.
Hanna commented that Price’s advocacy of sweeping cuts to Medicare, prisons and other important programs, makes his proposed budget Tea Party worthy.
That's it Mr. Congressman!  Marginalize the person giving an opinion by appending the "Tea Party" label instead of addressing the issue.

Marginalizing a Fourth Grader . . . 

Amazing! 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anyone who meets the Congressman in person comes away with the impression that he believes he is doing us the big favor while forgetting that he is in office to serve us. We pay his salary. It is precisely this attitude that infects our Beltway reps, of course, unless you're a big contributor. Good for the student!

Anonymous said...

Sherwood Boehlert the second. Hanna knows best yet he does nothing. He has become part of the Washington problem.

Anonymous said...

The last GOOD congressman that you had in that area was Alexander Pirnie. No one since has had anything in mind but their own personal political advancement and the support from special interest groups.

Anonymous said...

I think the jury is still out on Hanna. Boehlert was a laughingstock, who as Congressman watch his district go down the tubes while the rest of the Country enjoyed the biggest economic boom this Country had ever seen back in the 90's. The only reason he was reelected to multiple terms was the fact that the OD fawned over him with b.s. features while the district went to hell. Anyone remember GAFB? But never fear, we still have Picente & co. around to finish the job.

Anonymous said...

as soon as Boehlert left office (with a spectacular pension)he left the area and moved to Delaware. Just goes to show what he thought of this area.

Strikeslip said...

Actually Anonymous 2:51 I thought Don Mitchell was a pretty decent guy. Not stuck on himself and an optometrist by trade, to me he was very much the citizen congressman that our founders had envisioned.

Anonymous said...

Having known both, Pirinie and Mitchell were toop rate people who were unassuming, thoughtful of their roles and extremely honest. They understood the true definition of public service and its responsibilities. That has been lost since. They were alo refections of a much wiser area and electorate.

Anonymous said...

Boehlert laughed all the way to the bank and to the beaches of Delaware, on us!