I attended a local townhall meeting with Congressman Brian Baird, 3rd District for Washington (state). At first listen, Congressman Baird sounded quite moderate, even friendly. Dig a little deeper and things did not look so well. Here are some examples.
Early in the evening, Baird made comments about how in a representative republic, it is rare for everyone to get what they want 100% of the time. Fair enough. Where the good Congressman and I part ways is how far he is willing to bend in order to gain something for the home town. In the recent cap-and-trade fiasco, Baird said he voted for the bill because it included provisions that allow logging in the Pacific Northwest of dead and diseased timber. At what cost? How could Baird hold his nose to all the other bill provisions unless he is a far-left legislator? How could he justify the trickle-down impact that will raise the cost of energy to all of us average tax payers?
In the Obama-care debacle, Brian Baird is equally slippery. On the one hand, he talked about how we need to ensure “our kids” have the best health care possible and those with pre-existing conditions need to be included not denied. I fully embrace the importance of taking care of our families and finding ways to treat all those who need it. How in heaven’s name do we fund all this? How can I trust the same bunch that brought us self-financing mortgages to improve our health care system by increasing the level of government control? By Baird’s own admission, this bill is very complex. Anyone else jittery out there? Baird insisted the government will not force anyone to choose the government option. What Baird failed to mention is the government will drive the private sector out of business so although the statement is technically correct, it is equally deceitful as well.
As the incredible dialogue continued, the Congressman took direct aim at greedy insurance companies who charge lower rates to those companies or groups who have lower risk and vice versa. Gasp! This sounds vaguely like supply and demand but I digress. Somehow, I did not get all warm and fuzzy when Baird later stated he is a strong proponent of the free market system. His free market system is a bit on the wimpy side.
The suspension of reality kept on trucking as Congressman Brian blamed President Bush for TARP (somewhat fair) and was proud of his vote on the porkulus … uh … stimulus bill because it included infrastructure spending. Here we went again. Imagine me almost falling out of my chair when the straight-faced Congressman later stated his strong support for a balanced budget! (Read my lips, lots of new taxes coming down the pike.) He even went farther and talked about how there should be an annual omnibus bill to rescind stupid laws! By now I had to suppress my laughter in order to hear. The silver lining is stupid laws would be easy to find; just look at the majority of Baird’s votes and you have a great start.
You can run, you can shuck, you can tap dance, you can parry. However, you cannot escape what is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. Spending us into oblivion is wrong regardless of the party in power. Enacting out-of-control government intrusion is wrong, regardless of how sanctimonious the defender may sound. Congressman, if I would have had the chance to talk, my first comment would have been something on the order about my strong opposition to your relentless attack on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and the Constitution. Government cannot add value to the economic mix. Its only proper role in a original constitutional setting is to create and maintain a civil society where individuals are free to flourish. The government serves us, not the other way around. Congressman, you seem to have this fundamental value backwards.