After pushing the American economy toward the brink of collapse, John Boehner and Eric Cantor are refusing to hold town hall meetings.
According to the list compiled by No Labels.org, the top three Republicans in the House, Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy will not be holding town halls during the current recess. Republican Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price will.
On the Democratic side, the top two Democrats, Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer will not be holding town halls, but Asst. Democratic Leader Jim Cyburn is. Half of the House Republicans are not holding town halls and those who are have taken some extreme measures like banning constituents’ cameras and filming and charging admission to keep their constituents out.
Boehner and Cantor have led the attack on everything from the killing of Medicare to refusing to raise taxes on the wealthy, and they are now trying to avoid being held accountable for their actions. Boehner and Cantor don’t want to hear from the people, because they haven’t been serving the people. They have been spitting in the eye of popular opinion while protecting the interests of those who have the most at the expense of those who have the least.
The House GOP’s two headed monster has caused an American downgrade, but are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions. Yes, progressive heroes like Keith Ellison and Dennis Kucinich are also not holding town halls, but they are also not setting the agenda in the House. It was not Nancy Pelosi who refused to raise the debt ceiling in order to create a crisis that could be used to extort America with.
All members of the House should hold town halls, but due to the strict majority rules nature of the body, the party in control of the House has a greater responsibility to the American people. The House majority completely controls the entire process, and that blame for unpopular popular actions falls only on their shoulders.
John Boehner and Eric Cantor may be able to cut and run in 2011, but their fellow House Republicans won’t be so lucky when voters head to the polls in 2012.