Mike Needham

“Republicans Get Grilled at Town Hall Meetings Over Budget Plan,” read the headline on a page National Journal, an inside-the-beltway news source that put up with video clips of Republican lawmakers at town hall meetings during the April recess. Given the evidence provided, however, it’s not clear you could grill a PopTart on the alleged heat.

The first video features conservative Congressman Allan West (R-FL) getting heckled by two liberal activists. After 11 seconds of their disruption, the crowd starts asking them to be quiet. 19 seconds later, the crowd erupts; not attacking Congressman West, but to silence the hecklers disrupting him. 30 seconds later, West says, “let me tell you this: you’re not going to intimidate me.”

Congressman West received a standing ovation for his candor and conviction Despite all the bluster and misleading rhetoric from President Barack Obama and various partisan campaign organizations, Americans understand the stakes: we are in danger of leaving our children and grandchildren a broken country. For the 235 Members of Congress who voted for Congressman Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget, the high stakes were a call to action.

Unfortunately, many liberals would prefer to bluff, holding our children’s future hostage. An article last Thursday mentioned Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY) was “Targeted on Budget Votes.” Apparently, an organization called Strengthen Social Security wrote a song called “Hard Hearted Hanna” and sang it outside his Cortland, NY office last Wednesday.

The song makes for a good, inside-the-beltway news story, but was there any meaningful news there? Interestingly, the Cortland (NY) Standard has a website. One would imagine that if a meaningful event happened outside the local member of Congress’ office they would cover it. Well, apparently not. There was an article on a farm that claims the county mismeasured milk, a rapist sentenced to a 4-year jail term (that’s it?), and the royal wedding inspiring Cortland area seniors, but nothing on the allegedly tremendous heat Congressman Hanna faced in his district.

Many remember President Ronald Reagan’s famous axiom: When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat. Liberals are trying to bring the heat, but it’s hard to do because they do not see the light.


Mike Needham

Mike Needham is the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Action for America, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to advancing legislation that promotes freedom, opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.