The LuLac Edition #1565, April 25th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: CONGRESSMAN LOU BARLETTA.
BARLETTA'S DELICATE BALANCE
Lou Barletta is the recipient of a type of dual envy. First off, he is a Congressman. It was a lifelong political goal that he pursued with zeal and persistence. As part of a new GOP majority in the House, Barletta has to tow the party line for his new leadership. Barletta could afford to be a tad moderate nationally since his candidacy was not solely based on the influence of the Tea Party. That said, he is replacing long time Democrats that unabashedly brought money into this district. Because the population of seniors is second only to Florida, Barletta has to be tread carefully on issues like Medicare. Recently the Congressman was presenting a slide show about the Republican plan for Medicare. Never mind that it will not adversely effect people over 55, the perception was that he, as a new representative was tinkering with something dear to the hearts of his core constituents. Last week the Times Leader reported a conversation he had with a senior named Linda Christian Rose, "You seem to think that because I’m not affected, I won’t care if my niece, my grandson, my child is affected. I do care," she said. "You said nothing in the campaign about ’I’m going to change Medicare.’ Now you voted for a plan that will destroy Medicare." "I won’t destroy Medicare," Barletta replied. "Medicare is going to be destroyed by itself." Christman Rose talked over the congressman, telling him to pay for Medicare by taxing the wealthy. The town meeting, which Barletta so championed during his 2010 campaign might be a potential mind field for him. Baletta is in the unenviable position of balancing the wishes of his district with what his national party is selling. There will be some days when people will welcome his message and other days when they won't, witness this incident. The honeymoon has ended for Barletta and the eggshells are accumulating. To garner another term, he has to step lightly and gingerly.
PLYMOUTH ACTION COMMITTEE
The Plymouth Action Committee has fired up the video waves and have taken it to the streets. Here’s their latest video effort.
Rally to Support Tom Borthwick for Scranton School Board!
Sunday, May 1 at 4:00pm
Location: Ballina Pub and Eatery.