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Mary Michel Green, San Clemente

I live in San Clemente, and I vote. I am neither a registered Democrat nor Republican, but a “decline to state a party” voter.

I signed up to participate in Representative Darrell Issa’s last two constituent telephone town halls. On Monday, Jan. 30, I answered their phone call on the first ring and pressed “3” to ask him a question immediately. Throughout the one-hour call, he repeatedly kept advising listeners to press the buttons and ask questions, strongly implying that lines were open, despite the fact that I was waiting. The same thing happened in the meeting last fall. Almost all the callers who are let through seemed to be Republicans, and a number congratulated him on his election victory. The one caller who appeared to be opposed to Mr. Issa politically, someone from Dana Point, was interrupted several times by Rep. Issa in a rude, dismissive tone before he could get a sentence out.

Rep. Issa claims he hasn’t had an in-person constituent town hall in his district since 2009 because that one cost the taxpayers $50,000 and he can hold the telephone town hall from Washington for $100 to save us money. If he acted in good faith and took all calls received, I wouldn’t argue with it. But it is just an excuse to avoid honest communication with voters. This is authoritarian behavior not worthy of the U.S. government, which should be for all the people, not just some.

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  • I had the same experience on the call. I waited with my question for over 30 minutes. In addition, Congressman Issa misleadingly told the group that Obamacare premiums have gone up 25% in the last year. This is what I wanted to ask him about. In fact, each state has different procedures and relationships with the ACA, so each state has a different change in cost for the year. California had only an 8% increase. Some states had reductions in costs. States that refused to take funding from the Federal government had significant increases because they had fewer people signing up for ACA in their state. So the question should be, how do we keep rate increases reasonable in California?

  • People are very lax in commentary in using correct descriptions. Since when did disagreeing with someone and being disappointed in not being able to ask a question, become “authoritarian”??? This is much akin to the widely and wrongly bandied about use of the word “fascist” in media describing a person that one disagrees with. That is not what fascism is about at all. In many instances it is the name caller who is exhibiting the more fascist intent. Also, if one believes they have better or more complete stats in a disagreement, it would be a more complete rebuttal to provide the source for said stats. By the way, one could always write their representative, if they did not get through in the telephone town hall. Even if it was an in person meeting, there is no guarantee you would be heard. Don’t play the victim card. Put your big boy/girl pants on and write!

  • We’ll Kimberly, since you are the only one here bandying about the word fascist … by your own logic that makes you the one exhibiting the fascist intent.

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