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Town Halls

Recorded on April 27, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Two years ago citizen involvement in politics surged. Town hall meetings held by Congressmen and Senators were packed and loud, especially with people speaking out against out-of-control spending and President Obama's health care plan. Public employee unions countered by turning out large numbers of government workers.

Spending kept going up, Obamacare became law, and voters ousted many from Congress, but not all. Now town hall meetings are hot again. This time public workers are packing them to speak against reductions in spending and against reform of the programs that are the biggest source of deficit spending—namely Medicare and Medicaid.

Heated debate makes for dynamic videos on YouTube and politicians get nervous when there's public conflict. But what a testimony to our rights of free speech. It's good when the public pays attention and tells Washington what they think.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.