Washington Democrats have a plan: Big government stimulus package? Check. Cap and trade national energy tax? Check.
They've managed to push through every piece with minimal Republican support or even input. They bring their bills to the floor at the very last minute, giving no lawmaker time to read the legislation and giving no citizen time to voice his or her opinions on it.
Witness the AIG bonuses that were actually protected by the so-called stimulus package. The American people were furious to learn that these CEOs were receiving taxpayer-funded bonuses, and the lawmakers who voted for the stimulus were caught red-handed, unfamiliar with their own bill.
We took part in the town hall experience this past month. Dr. Burgess held three town halls in his district. Then, he joined Rep. Bachmann at two public meetings in Minnesota to share his perspective as a doctor and a member of one of the committees working on the legislation.
People want to know why Washington thinks it's OK to add a trillion-dollar reform to the historic tab that has been run up for their children and grandchildren. Most of all, they want to know why Congress is charging ahead with a grand and expensive wholesale restructuring of our health care system when there are smaller, less expensive, bipartisan ideas for reform that haven't even been given a shot.