Eric Massa tries to quell Conservatives by moving Left

Friday, August 7, 2009


Yesterday I posted on Dan Maffei. I wish I had posted on Eric Massa. Then I would have realized that he was holding a town hall last night that I could have easily made and would be here today to fill you in on the details. The town hall made national news and the Politico reported on it.

As I stated, I missed the meeting, however the article appeared to be fair to both sides. If you were there and know otherwise, please let me know. In case you don’t have time to read it, here are a couple of points in the article.

There were people at the meeting that were both for and against the health care plan. A large majority were decidedly against the plan. There were no buses, people were not reading talking points, and if there were any who were organized it was on left side as there was at least one representative for Organizing for America.

On the Health Care issue, Massa is trying to have it both ways at the same time. To conservatives, he is trying to chastise angry concerns by reassuring them that he is “the guy who slowed the bill down.” Who can be mad at that? To the lefties, he is telling them that he’s a “no vote” because he supports socialized medicine and Obama’s public option is not far enough to the left. Believe me lefties, if you doubt him, there are few in congress more socialistic than Eric Massa.

This is what I have to say to my Congressman, Eric Massa.

Stop talking out of both sides of your mouth, Congressman. Stop trying to tell me that we need to reform health care and that although this bill falls far short of reforming health care, I should support the left because it is close enough. Stop expecting conservatives to give you a green light to do whatever your heart desires with health care. My concerns will not be chided or calmed because Obama’s socialized medicine is not socialistic enough for you.

People are not scared because they are misinformed. It is because your constituents want more control over their own health care and you are trying to tell them that what they need is more government control of their health care.

People are not scared because they are misinformed. It is because you and your liberal friends have lost your credibility and cannot follow through on the promises made regarding health care. We are being told that the bills in congress are going to be deficit neutral and will curb the cost curve so that health care will be affordable for future generations. This claim has been proven wrong by the CBO and others.

Your arguments are old, bumper sticker, campaign slogans and we demand better. It’s time to scrap this bill and start a new one. One with market focused reforms. If you can’t come to terms with this, then I and others will start working hard to campagne against you.

Dear readers, Eric Massa is currently a "No" vote on health care. He voted "No" on cap and trade because of constituent pressure, we need to keep turning up the heat on health care.

Here is Eric Massa’s Town Hall schedule. I’ll be at the one in Farmington!

Sunday, August 9th
2:00-3:30PM
FRANKLINVILLE CONSERVATION CLUB
3040 BAKERSTAND RD
FRANKLINVILLE, NY 14737

Monday, August 10th
5:00-6:30PM
PRATTSBURGH TOWN HALL
19 N. MAIN ST
PRATTSBURGH, NY 14873

Wednesday, August 12th
7:30-9:00PM
CANISTEO TOWN HALL
6 SOUTH MAIN ST
CANISTEO, NY 14823

Tuesday, August 18th
5:00-6:30PM
POTTER TOWN HALL
1226 PHELPS RD
MIDDLESEX, NY 14507

Monday, August 24th
5:00-6:30PM
ALMOND TOWN HALL
1 MARVIN LN
ALMOND, NY 14804

Monday, August 24th
7:00-8:30PM
WEST ALMOND TOWN HALL
2769 COUNTY ROAD 2
WEST ALMOND, NY 14804

Tuesday, August 25th
5:15-6:45PM
FARMINGTON TOWN HALL
1000 COUNTY ROAD 8
FARMINGTON, NY 14425

Thursday, August 27th
7:00-8:30PM
ERIN TOWN HALL
1138 BREESEPORT RD
ERIN, NY 14838

Thursday, September 3
5:00-6:30PM
HORNELL CITY HALL
82 MAIN ST
HORNELL, NY 14843

3 comments

blackandgoldfan said...

Typical leftist pandering. I can't wait to hear about your experience at this 8/25 meeting!!!

August 7, 2009 at 10:06 PM
The Law said...

You know CGen, I really like that you're getting into local politics. Nothing comes close to getting the news straight out the horse's mouth.

Here's the thing I'd like to see in politics your post hints at so well. When we elect someone, I want to see a politician stick to their beliefs. Pick a platform, campaign on it, and do it. We can only be but so mad at Bush because we elected him on his campign to follow bin Laden to the gates of hell at any cost. That's what he did. You kinda have to appreciate that kind of backbone.

The people you have been writing about (like many politicians) seem quite spineless, trying to cater to both sides to not push good policy, but rather to stay in office. Good for you for calling him out for political pandering.

Smart democrats know this healthcare bill when from noble to utter crap in a hurry. I'm not even blaming republicans anymore, this is democrats back to true form, shooting themselves in the foot because we lack the ability to deliver a focused coherent message. I can't tell you how angry I am that this bill will either fail or be an expensive piece of crap because my party f'd up a really good idea. My letters to moveon.org to scrap this bill and start all over I'm sure have gone straight to the trash bin...

August 9, 2009 at 12:42 AM

@ Blackandgoldfan - I'll be sure to do a post after I the town hall.

@ tL - The only thing I've got to say that's good for Massa is that he's holding a ton of town halls. At least he's not hiding for his constituents. I wish all congressman would be as attentive.

I'm planning on being on top of the Republicans too. So far I haven't seen any town halls being planned by Chris Lee. He should be front and center this month. This is why he gets a month off for August.

I hear you and I'm planning a post along the same lines. I just hope that rational heads will scrap the bill, start from scratch, and get some new ideas rolling. I really think there are some low hanging, low cost options that should be considered. It might not solve the worlds problem, but they'd be a step in the right direction.

August 9, 2009 at 10:53 PM

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