A packed room at Congressman Deutch’s Townhall
It was a packed room at the Greenacres City Hall Tuesday night, August 16, 2011, as constituents of Congressman Ted Deutch assembled to hear his views on some of the top current issues and for him to field questions from the audience. It seemed that the majority attending were senior citizens from District 19, although there were others from outside the district as well. A few fellow members of South Florida 9-12 were present. Also in the audience were a couple of Code Pink ladies that were hard to miss.
After some opening remarks by Greenacres city officials, Congressman Deutch took to the podium to offer a few opening remarks and to suggest that his focus this night would be on the single most important topic in the country today….jobs! He made it clear that he was all about creating jobs, yet missing from his comments was any semblance of how this administration was going to handle the task of creating real, true, legitimate jobs that could put our country back to work. He offered ideas such as building railways, runways, and expanding our air and seaports! Congressman Deutch mentioned a piece of legislation that would require more goods that are sold in America to be made right here in America. That brought about a round of applause intermixed with vocal comments about the rising cost of American made products. He mentioned another piece of legislation that will provide government backed loans that will make it easier for people to purchase a home. Sounds like we’ve heard this somewhere before, and didn’t this kind of thinking get us into this mess in the first place?
Whether people were in line to ask a question or to deliver an opinion or comment, everyone in the room had legitimate concerns and frustrations with the current members of Congress, their inability to get things done, and with the overall performance of the President and his administration.
Supporters of Ted Deutch were no doubt left with the very same frustrations they came in with and they will probably continue to be a supporter. After all, Ted really is a nice enough guy and people like to hear what he has to say. His supporters heard what they wanted to hear. I appreciated his coming out for his constituents and for putting himself into a somewhat uncomfortable position. But for this writer, though, it was politics as usual.