Congressional Republicans wise to avoid Town Halls

Congressional Republicans wise to avoid Town Halls
July 05 13:27 2017 Print This Article

South Carolina Democrats urged the eight Republicans in the state Congressional Delegation to hold Town Hall meetings during the Independence Day break. Based on past experience, they were wise to decline.

Senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott and Representative Mark Sanford have been shouted down by leftist groups at previous Town Hall meetings in 2017. Sanford has been harassed by the group Indivisible Charleston at meetings throughout the 1st Congressional District.

Indivisible Charleston is part of a network of Indivisible groups across the country. It is an offshoot of the leftist group Organizing For Action. While the group describes itself on its website as “non-partisan”, it only targets Republican elected officials. The group’s logo includes a clenched first, a long-time symbol of Marxism and Communism.

Indivisible Charleston uses the Democrat theme to “resist” the agenda of President Donald Trump. The group’s website gives supporters ideas about what they can do to “resist” each day. The task for Wed., July 5 is to attend a rally at the Statehouse with the following message: “We will gather in our state’s capital at the South Carolina Statehouse to reaffirm our commitment to true American values: liberty and justice for ALL. Cutting healthcare to provide hundreds of billions of tax cuts to the wealthiest among us lacks JUSTICE and MORALITY, and most importantly it shows there are no AMERICAN VALUES in this bill. This bill is WEALTHCARE, NOT HEALTHCARE.”

The bill the group refers to is the Better Care Reconciliation Act in the Senate, intended to replace the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act commonly known as Obamacare (ACA). The bill does not include actual cuts in spending. It would increase spending on Medicaid, a medical care program for the poor by 20% over 10 years rather than the 60% increase projected under the ACA. It would remove all of the taxes included in the ACA, including the 3.8% additional tax on investments for upper-income Americans.