Let’s start with this little tidbit from The Hill, about the Eddie Munster of budget fiascoes himself, Paul Ryan:
Contrary to some of the angry scenes at certain of his town-hall meetings, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that the crowds are “overwhelmingly supportive” of his budget plan.
Ryan claims that his constituents know him well and appreciate that he is trying to reduce the nation’s debt and deficits with his 2012 budget plan, which is strongly opposed by Democrats.
Think Progress has all the details about each of these videos, so please follow the links and read them. I thought I’d put a few in one post to demonstrate the obvious unhappiness with Ryan’s attempt to kill Medicare and give tax breaks to the very few wealthy people who don’t need them
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) got an earful about “trickling up” instead of “trickling down”:
This GOP fill-out-a-card method fits into the quest for control over the audience, a tactic that is frequently seen at these events, including the one Allen West held, in which Nicole Sandler was forcibly removed for trying to get heard when there were no mics:
[Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR)] had attendees write their questions on index cards and then read them out loud, “but a handful of audience members weren’t satisfied and shouted at Crawford from their seats.” [...]
Crawford replied, “I don’t support tax cuts for the wealthy over help for socio-economically challenged individuals.” A number of his constituents repeatedly challenged him on this claim, accusing Crawford of “class warfare against the poor people” and explaining that tax cuts don’t create jobs. Crawford apparently did not appreciate this, and ended the session.
And finally, here’s Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), who “didn’t listen to people. He said yes, yes. He followed his script and he is Republican and it is what he thinks.”
Someone in the crowd called for a single payer system. Them’s fightin’ words:
Things have changed since the unruly health care tea party explosions of 2009. Attendees are not only more civil, they’re better informed.