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All the left has now, is desperate slurs against American voters,

and they are sinking fast.


Sounds more like the communist party all the time...


Georgia Democrat yells at local doctor over health care

By Amanda Carpenter on Aug. 8, 2009 into The Back Story


window.dctile = Number(window.dctile) + 1 || 1;window.ord = Number(window.ord) || Math.floor(Math.random() * 1E10);if(typeof(dcopt) == "undefined"){var dcopt = ";dcopt=ist"} else {var dcopt = ""}var size="300x250,300x600";var type="blog_entry";var site="wash.times";var zone="opinion_blogs";var pos="top";if (17>dctile) document.write('\n');Tensions are running so high at town hall meetings that Rep. David Scott, a Georgia Democrat, yelled at a local doctor concerned about health care after mistaking him for an "astroturf" political operative looking for a fight.


Mr. Scott became visibly agitated when one of his constituents, a practicing doctor, asked a few questions about health care reform during a town hall meeting. The meeting was held to discuss a road project, but was opened up for questions near the end. That's when Dr. David Hill stood up to speak.


Dr. Hill asked Mr. Scott why he was going to vote for a health care plan similar to that implemented in Massachusetts "that is shown not to work" and if he supported a government-provided health care insurance option.


The congressman replied by accusing the doctor of "hijacking" his event.


"I'm listening to my constituents, OK?" Scott said, "These are people who live in the 13th Congressional district, who vote in this district. That’s who I’ve got to respond to … So what you’ve got to understand, those of you who are here, who have taken and came and hijacked this event we dealing with here, this is not a health care event."


"You chose to come and to do it on your own," he yelled. "Not a single one of you had the decency to call my office and set up for a meeting." He went on, in a threatening voice, "You want a meeting with me on health care, I'll give it to you!"


The outburst is yet another example of how confrontational town hall meetings have become over recent weeks, as constituents are becoming more forthright in asking their elected representatives challenging questions. These actions and other forms of protest have been encouraged by limited government advocacy groups opposed to the stimulus package, the Democrats favored health care reforms and other big spending government proposals.


The White House has labeled these efforts "astroturf", shorthand for fake grassroots. To combat these efforts, groups supporting these plans — such as Service Employees International Employees Union — have been appearing at these town halls as well, effectively creating local "showdowns" between opposing political powers.


Mr. Scott's public tirade against the doctor was filmed by WXIA-TV News, a local NBC affiliate that confirmed the doctor lived in the congressman's district in a follow-up interview.


The doctor told the reporters he wasn't working for any outside causes and had called Mr. Scott's office repeatedly, asking to speak with the congressman.


"I did not go to a meeting to create any problems, I went to the meeting to literally ask a question that I thought was very, very important for my patients," he said.


(NOTE: The WXIA video report of the event that includes the congressman's remarks and the post-interview with the doctor is available on their website here under the video titled "Congressman Scott's Town Hall." HotAir.com, a conservative-leaning blog, also has it embedded into their item about the town hall here. It is more easily accessed on HotAir.com)





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And a general question...why is it a "fake grassroots" movement when people question our elected officials? I'm not sure about most Congresspeople, but I'm guessing if I called mine I wouldn't get a meeting. Hiwaygal


btw, NICE to have you on the political board !


With the years-old organizing of union members, and radical special interest groups like "Code Pink" etc, disrupting any


event they can in the name of "freedom of speech", the Left knows full well the effectiveness of it, and they will


desperately diminish the rest of America's ability to do the same.



I called our reps in Congress, and had a couple of great conversations with the staff that are paid to answer the phone.


They had a nice sense of humor about it all, and on a few points, surprised me with their objectivity,


to a point, without getting in trouble...


Very cordial and fun.


But a meeting? My whole life, I've never known anybody that arranged a meeting.


One old farmer told me, he once actually spoke with Regula about immiment domain here in Ohio, after a town hall meeting.


Regula was all for "emminent domain" for simply put, any reason that benefitted his legacy near retirement.


Well, uncharacteristicly?, Regula told him some pipeline was going to go through the farmer's rented land for "progress",


which was going to be his "legacy". And, some pretty important people wanted the oil pipeline to go right where it was going to go,


that is wasn't the communities' decision.


The farmer simply and quietly told him he was surprised he had become a socialist, which made Regula


almost explode in rage. Regula had no business building his career on the state powers to abuse them in grabbing land


for what Regula called "progress" at whatever cost the "important people" in the state decided.


Regula was a Republican.

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