UPDATE: I attended the meeting, and asked a couple of questions. See end of article.
This is not a normal diary, but a request which may be more beneficial to our movement:
I will be attending a forum for our local Tea Party association, with featured speaker Michael Burgess, US Rep. 26th District TX (my district, in fact). He is involved with the following committees:
Member, House Energy and Commerce Committee: This is the oldest legislative standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, and considered to be one of the most powerful committees as well. This committee has a wide-range of jurisdiction, presiding over all matters relating to telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health, air quality and environmental health, the supply and delivery of energy, and interstate and foreign commerce in general. This jurisdiction extends over 5 Cabinet-level departments – U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency – and many independent agencies, such as the Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Chairman, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade: Jurisdiction for this subcommittee includes: Interstate and foreign commerce, including all trade matters within the jurisdiction of the full committee; regulation of commercial practices (the Federal Trade Commission), including sports-related matters; consumer affairs and consumer protection, including privacy matters generally; data security; consumer product safety (the Consumer Product Safety Commission); product liability; motor vehicle safety; and regulation of travel, tourism, and time.
Member, Subcommittee on Health: Jurisdiction for this subcommittee includes: public health and quarantine; hospital construction; mental health and research; biomedical programs and health protection in general, including public and private health insurance; Food and drugs; and, Drug abuse.
Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations: Jurisdiction for this subcommittee includes: responsibility for oversight of agencies, departments, and programs within the jurisdiction of the full committee, and for conducting investigations within such jurisdiction.
If anyone has any specific questions of him, please let me know in the comments and I will try to incorporate as much time as I have within the time alotment I may have.
NOTE: RHIP; preference of questions to consider are ranked as follows:
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Of course, anyone with a great question can sneak in here.
If you are in the DFW area, the meeting is in Keller, just northeast of Ft. Worth, and you are welcome to come. Google Boiling Point Tea Party facebook page for address and directions.
Essentially, Rep. Burgess gave an update on the Zika virus. As a doctor, he is perplexed why the senate has blocked the bill regarding appropriations for the prevention of the Zika virus, which he categorizes as more dangerous than Ebola, as Ebola is essentially a contact disease while Zika could be spread through “home pet” mosquitos as opposed to migratory insects. Of course, the answer is because every issue considered by the Democrats is more geared to advancing their agenda than providing a solution, and if they can blame the GOP for not authorizing a billion-dollar givaway that somehow gets diverted to progressive campaign funds than to actually solving the problem, the more likely that path will be taken. At least Burgess gave that answer.
Unfortunately, he’s “all in” on Trump. He keeps on telling everyone that Trump “will surprise everyone with his presidency.” (Of that I’m very sure, though the surprise will not be one that conservatives would hope for, and of course, we all know what will happen. But I digress.) He told us about how many people were EXCITED by Trump’s candidacy in Texas, and how we should look forward to his judicial nominees and his aggressive stance against immigration. Without gagging on my water, I let it slide. Finally, he told us about “the EXUBERANCE and the VIBRANCE of ALL the NEW VOTERS…thanks to DONALD TRUMP!” I could have mentioned that one would get the same reaction at a rock concert, which doesn’t indicate thought but emotions, of which can easily be swayed.
Of course, the usual complaints about how Obama was abusing the constitutional power invested in him. I had two questions, and the first was the biggie.
1. Rep Burgess, how can the GOP complain about the president usurping the president’s constitutional authority when the GOP-led Congress usurped THEIR constitutional authority by not shutting off the financial spigot for Obama’s constitutional violations via the budget process?
He gave the normal roundabout answer, actually complaining that they have a budget this year but it’s not going anywhere. I honestly couldn’t understand much of what he was saying, which means he’s talking Establishment-ese, but my 82nd Airborne service hat was not there for show. I served, and dammit, I want cogent, coherent answers. I asked the question in an open-ended manner, however, which automatically gave him the “out” so to speak. Next time I’ll make sure I am a bit better on questioning.
2. Rep Burgess, did AG Loretta Lynch give FBI Director Comey the riot act after her conversation with Bill Clionton about the hot Arizona weather and baking cookies for their grandkids?
He laughed and said he had absolutely no idea that Director Comey would fold the way he did, and was rather surprised. At least Burgess was honest enough to admit this, though any RedStater and his or her DOG would have known that that was going to happen.
I didn’t want to push the Trump issue as I don’t think it would have gone anywhere, and the meeting was also about local issues. Unfortunately, even the Texas Tea Partiers seem a bit constrained, giving out uncomfortable applauses with regard to “Trump may not be ‘normal’, but God help us if Hillary is elected!” Sorry, Burgess lost part of my respect, though I do admit that he is in a hard place with regard to that. I will admit that I suspect he’s probably just as P.O.’d as most of us at the revolting GOP developments, so he’s got to push the binary option.
When I shook his had after the meeting, he was visibly uncomfortable with my presence. I don’t wish discomfort on anyone, and I guess I could use a bit more “people skills.” But I sense it had less to do with my lack of social graces and my knowledge that I know damn freakin’ well what goes on inside the Beltway. The good doctor at least is trying, but I am not budging.