Wednesday's (Sept. 26) Herald and News had an article (page A3) summarizing an interview of Congressman Walden by several people in the community.
However if you look at who was allowed to be part of the interview, they all had something in common: they all asked Congressman Walden questions to make sure they money keeps flowing from Washington into their pockets. They were there to make sure they get their pork from the big piggy (the Federal Government). What's worse, what they are really saying is that they want the Feds to borrow and steal from us, the taxpayer, in order to keep the money coming in for them. Here is a sampling from the article:
Toby Freeman, Pacific Power — Mr. Freeman's question was about the KBRA and whether it is moving forward in congress. (Really Mr. Freeman is asking if the KBRA is moving forward because he wants the Fed's to pay for the removal of dams under the KBRA, and doesn't want his company to be on the hook. Real Motive: Free Money.)
Lt. Col. Lance McCuiston — The Lt. Col. wanted assurances that Kingsley Field will stay open. (Really the Lt. Col. wants to make sure Kingsley stays open so he can continue as the leader of an air base. Real Motive: Job Security / Power.)
Willie Riggs, OSU Research and Extension Center — Mr. Riggs is worried that his $17 million funding from the Federal Government will be cut. (Mr. Riggs really is worried about his job, power and influence that $17 million can buy. Real Motive: Personal well-being).
Sara Marcus, Geo Scientist at OIT — Ms. Marcus' questioned the congressman about an update on Federal Energy Policy. (Really Ms. Marcus is interested if Federal dollars will continue to flow to OIT for additional geothermal research. Real Motive: Job Security.)
None of the questions were about what is best for the taxpayer. None of the question were about what is best for the community at large. All questions were thinly veiled request to ensure "their" funding will continue to come in, uninterrupted.
We will NEVER solve our fiscal problems in Washington if our Congressmen and Senators continue to pander to those who benefit from Federal funds. Where were questions from people representing the taxpayer and businesses that don't receive Federal funding? Completely absent. Missing in Action from the Herald and News' discussion were the people who pay the bills — you and me. Simply disgusting.