GOP Freshman Ends First Town Hall After Tough Questions On Tax Cuts For The Wealthy: ‘We’re Done’

WTF?  It appears to me that the GOP needs a paradigm shift.  Their current strategy is not working for the American people… 

Think Progress

Freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) became the latest Republican to face the ire of his own constituents for voting for the Medicare-ending GOP budget when he was repeatedly challenged by attendees at a town hall meeting in Jonesboro, AR last night. At his first town hall since being seated, Crawford had attendees write their questions on index cards and then read them out loud, “but a handful of audience members weren’t satisfied and shouted at Crawfordfrom their seats.”

While Republicans have insisted that their budget saves Medicare, Crawford veered off message at one point, responding to the question “why are you going to end Medicare as we know it?” by saying, “the answer to that is because Medicare as we know is bankrupt.”

Later, Crawford faced a heated question about why the GOP budget cuts taxes for the wealthy and corporations while slashing social services. Crawford replied, “I don’t support tax cuts for the wealthy over help for socio-economically challenged individuals.” A number of his constituents repeatedly challenged him on this claim, accusing Crawford of “class warfare against the poor people” and explaining that tax cuts don’t create jobs. Crawford apparently did not appreciate this, and ended the session:

CONSTITUENT 1: [The GOP budget ] is a significant tax cut for the wealthy.

CRAWFORD: A 10 percent tax cut?

CONSTITUENT 2: Wouldn’t that be class warfare against the poor people?

CRAWFORD: Well, you’re asking me if I want to continue taxing at a higher rate the people that are creating jobs and no –

CONSTITUENT 2: They’re not creating jobs, though! They haven’t created any more jobs! … They’re taking them all overseas!

CONSTITUENT 3: Are you taking any more questions?

CRAWFORD: No, we’re done.

CONSTITUENT 3: We’re done?

CRAWFORD: We’re done.

CONSTITUENT 4: During the Bush administration, and the tax cuts, how many jobs were created?

CRAWFORD: I don’t have those numbers.

CONSTITUENT 4: Three million. During the Clinton administration, where he raised taxes on the highest bracket to 39.5, how many jobs were created? 22 million. You’re going to tell me that tax cuts create jobs?!

Watch a video shot by Arkansas progressive blog Blue Arkansas, and edited by ThinkProgress for length (full videos here):

4 comments

  1. You mean, the 2010 elections didn’t represent a complete and total shift to Tea Party reality?

    Wow … I thought that the whole country had suddenly decided to swing Right and that by Christmas we’d have to rewrite “A Christmas Carol” so that Scrooge convinced Fred and Bob to become hard-core capitalists and they decided it wasn’t cost-effective to keep Tiny Tim alive.

    Huh. I guess not …

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  2. I have many friends who got all excited about 2010 and were raving over how the country had finally made the shift to agree with them.

    They would hear nothing of “enthusiasm gaps” or any comparisons to 2006 or 1994 or any other off-cycle election year. I intend to pull out many e-mails and Facebook posts in a couple years.

    Sometimes I wonder why I still have any friends … but I’m sure I’ll be rid of them all by the end of 2012.

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  3. Sometimes I wonder why I still have any friends … but I’m sure I’ll be rid of them all by the end of 2012.

    Oh heck! I know THAT feeling. My conservative friends already started severing ties when I started this blog!

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