For the very first time in my life I was able to see a living, breathing, Representative Loebsack recently at one of our Kiwanis club meetings.
He gave his “canned” remarks, like we haven’t all heard them before. You know born and raised in Sioux City by his grandmother who was poor and able to get him on a government program early in his life, and he has been “on the dole” ever since. And, come to think of it, will be the rest of his life, since his retirement will mean he will get paid about what he has been getting the past five years as a Congressman, until death. That was his choice.
At the end of his remarks he opened it up for questions and I had a ton of them, but I only got one shot because I had a previous engagement that started at exactly one o’clock and it was imperative that I be present.
What I ask Mr. Loebsack was: If you were writing a job description what would be the three most important parts of your job?
Well, he stammered and stuttered around and finally said – I have never been asked that question before. I imagine it was a lot like the tests he handed out in his history classes – no one had ever been asked them before, but I didn’t inquire.
He finally went into a long dissertation of “nothings” ending up saying it was all about relationships with his people, blah, blah, blah.
I don’t think it was an acceptable answer, but that again, is my opinion.
I am going to help the Professor though, just in case some other media person has the good sense to ask something similar.
His most important job is to serve the people of his district. Not like he does it though. He only serves the Democrats in his district, the rest of us can jump in the lake. When someone votes 99 percent of the time for Democrat bills and with the other House Democrats, he is not serving the people of his district. And in his newly redrawn district I have been told there are 20,000 more Republicans than Democrats. That should get him thinking a bit – about a retirement home.
Number two job, I would think, is to read the bills he votes for. When another member asked if he read them he lied and said he did, then backtracked and said he read a synopsis of the content of the bill. Well, if you have ever read a play synopsis or a book synopsis – do you then feel qualified to go out and extol the virtues of the play or the book. Of course not, because you just do not have all the facts.
And perhaps third on my list of most important jobs would be to serve on boards and commissions that the President appoints him to. No matter who our Representative in Washington, he or she should have a good dialogue with our President. Not for publicity purposes, but to offer help and support in times of need, as well as times of prosperity. I think that should be their job.
And a worse problem than trying to answer a couple of questions at the Kiwanis meeting, I noticed that he has competition WITHIN HIS OWN PARTY for his seat.
I cannot fathom a more embarrassing moment than one in which a member of my own party choses to run a campaign and try to unseat me. I surely would have to ask myself “what happened”, I voted almost every time for the Democrat bills. How can anyone top that record?
I see his Democratic opponent suggests we should balance the budget. What a unique idea. Since the country is already broke, and no one seems to want to mention it, we are going to balance the budget. Why now, I want to shout. We have been operating on borrowed money for so long I don’t think anyone in politics has a clue how to go about balancing a budget, or, they don’ really believe in it.
I was a little shocked, getting back to the Kiwanis meeting, that Rep. Loebsack failed to mention his desire to build the largest bureaucracy known to man, to study rain water. The premise, I think, is to see if it collects in low places. And, if you think about it, that is a real mystery – not.
Fasten your seat belts, there is only a couple of months before the Primaries, then the real battle will begin.
Hopefully you will get hooked up with your favorite candidate and work your buns off so you can feel like you made a difference when all the dust settles in November.
I learned how do dodge bullets in 1951, and like every other soldier I ever met, it was so we could all remain free. To me, that includes the right to vote.
I am so disappointed following every election when I see that most times, less than half those eligible, took the time to vote.
And it’s even easier now. Ballots are mailed to everyone prior to the election and you and your spouse can sit at the kitchen table and discuss the candidates, then check your ballot and mail it in.
Why can’t we expect 80 or 90 percent of the folks to vote?
(This article is the product of the author and is not associated with or submitted by the Des Moines County Republican Central Committee nor any other organization)