Do you think that Congressmen running from their constituents after Town Hall meetings about health care is new? Wrong! Here is clip about an event from 1989.
On MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” Rep. Jan Schakowsky echoed Durbin’s sentiments, asking: “What about the ordinary constituent who’s coming to actually learn something?” These are ordinary constituents, Madam, and they have come to tell you something — they aren’t buying what you’re selling.
Rep. Schakowsky has apparently dropped a few things down the memory hole, such as the “angry mobs” that greeted former House Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski over the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act, which expanded Medicare benefits and funded the change with a supplemental tax.
The Chicago Tribune of Aug. 18, 1989, reported: Rostenkowski “was booed and chased down a Chicago street Thursday morning by a group of senior citizens after he refused to talk with them about federal health insurance. Shouting ‘coward,’ ‘recall’ and ‘impeach,’ about 50 people followed the chairman of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee up Milwaukee Avenue after he left a meeting in the auditorium of the Copernicus Center.”
What makes this interesting was that leading the protest against Rostenkowski 20 years ago was one Jan Schakowsky, who was then director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens. Today, she’s the Democratic representative from Illinois’ 9th congressional district and chief deputy whip to Majority Leader Pelosi. The vox populi she once led she now fears.
The irony here is in the last paragraph of the clip. Like a true democrat, Representative Jan Schakowsky hypocritically threw her ideals under the bus for personal political power as Nancy Pelosi’s lapdog.
The lesson here is: Never trust a democrat—never trust a democrat. NEVER TRUST A DEMOCRAT! Liars, frauds, hypocrites and would-be tyrants, all.