Baron Hill: Biting the Hand that Feeds Him (9/10/09)
Baron Hill held a town hall meeting recently to discuss the President's health care plan floating around Congress. In that meeting, a journalism student politely asked why she was told she could not videotape the meeting for an assignment.
Baron Hill's answer was apparently taped by someone else. Here's what he said:
"This is my town hall meeting and I set the rules."
I thought this meeting was for the people -- so the Congressman, who serves the people, could help us understand this health care plan better. He couldn't have meant it the way it sounded because it would have come across as really arrogant and condescending if he hadn't clarified it.
"Let me repeat that one more time. This is my town hall meeting for you. And you're not going to tell me how to run my congressional office."
When did it become his office? I thought we the people send Representatives to Washington on a two year renewable basis. This is the kind of arrogance that happens when normal people let the power we give them go to their heads.
Whether you favor a new health care plan or not, these meetings are intended to provide information on both sides of the issue - not suppress it. And Baron Hill's "my way or the highway" attitude demonstrates a serious lack of respect for the very people he's supposed to be working for.
What do you think of Mr. Hill's remarks? Call and let us know.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.