Monday, July 30, 2007

McHenry Town Hall: The Live Blog

From Screwy Hoolie at Scrutiny Hooligans

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:41 pm

He says he wants to “modernize” FISA.

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:47 pm

“Candace from Spruce Pine” says that Pat doing a great job!

What is your stand on earmarks? - asks some guy

“Some are useful, but most are not.”

“What are you going to do to stop the invasion of our nation by foreigners?”

Pat - “I’m going to show you a couple of slides later on”…”fighting against Amnesty”…”Passed a fence act to build the southern fence”…”focus on securing the border”…”internal enforcement”…”clean up the system by which people come to the Untied States legally”

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:49 pm

“so-called hate crimes legislation…what it would say is this, “Your thoughts will determine your sentence”"

“I think this is a little odd. I voted against the legislation because I think it polices thought.”…”A minister reading from the pulpit…saying that homosexuality is against God’s Law. Let’s say someone heard this message…goes out and murders a homosexual. Not only could the murderer be charged but also the minister saying that hoosexuality is a sin.”

“It would have a destructive impact on our society”

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:51 pm

“Linda Osbon from Hickory”: When will Congress investigate and prosecute war profiteers like Halliburton”

“Democrat House has done nothing but investigate”…”We’ve only passed 50-some pieces of legislation, most of which are issues of renaming federal buildings and post offices.”…”The Iraqi parliament has enacted more bills, yet people say the Iraq parliament is not functioning”

Pat? Where’s the answer?

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Rough Pat:

The big disagreements I’ve had with this President:

- Trade
- Immigration (Bush wants amnesty, slow to build the fence)


From “interested voter”. Why should we give illegal immigrants stuff?

“If you don’t respect the law, you won’t respect the law once you’re here?” - Pat

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 7:57 pm

Mary from Caldwell County: What can we do about the tainted products from China?

“Enormous military building, they’re taking an aggressive military stance against the world.”

“The reason I don’t think we should support importing drugs from other countries”


Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Phil Byrd from Spruce Pine: “Thank you for standing up for our conservative values.”


“What issues are most important to you right now?”

Then pops up a very cool, live interactive poll - Health Care is number one followed by immigration and gas prices. McHenry, therefore, talks about gas prices.

“I think you can go too far” - regarding environmental laws. We need more refineries and more exploration for gas. Look at oil shale. Look at long term solutions like hydrogen power.

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Terry Sigmund from Hickory, “Don’t you think we could all just ride bicycles like some of the liberals suggest?”

This elicits a belly laugh from Pat.

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

The President has been hammered for a number of decisions he’s made. The Attorney General scandal and Iraq War have hurt Bush, then he blames a fatigue with Presidents in the latter parts of their terms.

Congress has a very low approval rating due to “massive tax increases” - Democrats haven’t addressed how we need more refineries.
- They’re producing massive new spending projects

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

Health Care is big economic issue -

We need more competition. Allow people to spend tax free for health insurance. Illegal Immigration, fences, internal enforcement.


- They’ve said they’re going to increase taxes
- I’m opposing tax increases
- Spending under the Democrats going up “close to 10%”.


Nuclear energy - “We need more”


Why not have a flat tax?

“I agree with you completely” - “Anything is better than what we currently have”

Screwy Hoolie says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Pat warns us about honest to God open public meetings across the district in August.

He wants some “back and forth”.

Drama Queen says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:21 pm

I recorded it on video and mp3 but the quality will be really bad. The mp3 seems okay.

Syntax, can you tell me how to post the mp3?

The video got interrupted twice and was really hard to focus until I got a tripod.

Drama Queen says:
July 30th, 2007 at 8:26 pm

yeah, screwy, he ducked the only good questions. On partisan politics and health care.

You get the idea that the district is about 90% republicans from the questions he chose to answer.

James Protzman “Democratic majority not Democrat”
It’s just shorthand for Democratic. Thank you for bringing that up.”