House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s town tall meeting in suburban Maryland Tuesday evening dissolved into chaos, with attendees at several points bringing the event to a complete halt, according to Politico.
“We want the government out of our business!” said one person.
“This is not how the government is supposed to work!” yelled another.
According to Politico:
“The night’s most curious twist came when Collins Bailey, a Republican who serves on the Charles County Board of Education [and ran against Hoyer last year], strode to the microphone and asked Hoyer whether the health care reform effort would be paid for.
“The crowd whooped.
“Collins, how are ya?” Hoyer asked, smiling.
Hoyer went on to pledge that, yes, everything in a reform package would be paid for.”
Of course, he didn’t explain how.
Mr. Bailey is a Republican Liberty Caucus member and was endorsed by the RLC in his 2008 race. He is very eloquent and a passionate defender of individual rights and constitutionally limited government.
This is the second time in the last two month that a RLC member in Maryland has gained attention for asking a hard-hitting question to their representatives.
In late July, RLC supporter Robert Broadus poignently questioned U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) at his town hall. He asked, “I want to know — are you going to tell me, an individual, that I have to buy health care or you’re going to fine me $2,500?” Here’s a clip of the Broadus’s question as well as his appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto.
“When you’re a child … you rely on your parents. If you want to get insurance, you buy it yourself,” said Broadus. “[For my family,] the economic downturn would better be spent on immediate, daily needs [than on health care],” he explained.
Bailey and Broadus provide two instances of appropriate ways for RLC supporters to ask questions at town hall meetings. Their questions — both asked in a civil manner — were difficult for the Congressmen to address.