Sunday, September 20, 2009

Congressman Berry Calls Delta Director "Incompetent Moron"

Congressman Berry's temper and name-calling is at it again. The members of the Mississippi Delta Grassroots Caucus, which lobbies Congressional members who represent the federally designated Delta Regional Authority, are meeting in Washington this week and Congressman Berry could only muster insults and name-calling as way to work on behalf of the people in the First Congressional District of Arkansas:

"On the first day of the two-day meeting, Rep. Marion Berry dismissed Johnson, a George W. Bush appointee, as someone who “steals 120 or 130 thousand dollars of taxpayer dollars,” in the form of his annual salary. “He’s a burr in my saddle,” Berry, a Democrat from Arkansas, told the group on Tuesday evening. “He’s an incompetent moron,” Berry later said in an interview."

Congressman Berry also voted in favor of the censure of Congressman Joe Wilson for his conduct in the House last week during the President's speech. Congressman Berry, on the floor of the House, referred to a fellow Congressman, Rep. Adam Putnam, R-FL, as a "howdy doody looking nimrod" during debate on a piece of legislation.

This is just another prime example of how Congressman Berry works with others in Washington and how his temper and resort to name calling has been a detriment to the people of the First District. Its no wonder why the First District remains in the position it is in, especially with federal programs like the Delta Regional Authority, when our Congressman can only muster insults in his efforts instead of results in funding for important initiatives.

The people of the First District deserve better representation than someone who can only resort to insults and name calling when it comes to vital legislation that impacts the First District. It is time to make a change in the First District!
Tags: Arkansas, delta, Marion Berry, name calling

Monday, September 14, 2009

Was Berry even awake during the August recess?

Apparently he wasn't awake enough to hear the tremendous uproar that emanated from virtually every town hall meeting across the nation, including those held in Arkansas.

Of course, he never held any town halls of his own. Not one time throughout the entire month of August was he present at one of the numerous events held across the state to give voice to concerned Arkansans who wanted to be heard. When we contacted his office to ask when the Congressman would give his constituents their say, we were told he had no town halls scheduled.

On August 22, Recess Rallies were held outside Berry's Jonesboro, Mountain Home, and Cabot offices in an effort to get across just how outraged his constituents are at the prospect of turning over our health care system to the federal government. The Congressman was invited to attend the Cabot rally, but declined. Hundreds of Arkansans gave up a beautiful Saturday to make their unresponsive, almost reclusive Representative understand just how deep the roots of their opposition to Obamacare run.

Other Arkansas elected officials began the month with no intention of listening to their constituents, but were convinced to change their tune by the rising level of opposition to socialized medicine in America. Representatives Vic Snyder and Mike Ross, along with Blanche Lincoln changed their tunes to stand before some of their constituents at the very least. Though some of their town halls were tightly controlled, Berry's legislative branch colleagues did hear their constituents' concerns.

Though no one really knows where Blanche Lincoln stands at the moment (one day she said she wouldn't vote for a plan that included a government option, then the next day recanted), Mike Ross admitted his constituents had convinced him they were overwhelmingly opposed to a government takeover and he unequivocally stated he would vote against any plan that contained such an option. Even Vic Snyder, who represents what is arguably the most liberal district in the state, was forced to concede that a public option wasn't essential to the bill. From the Arkansas News, "Snyder said he would not vote against a plan simply because it contained a public option, but he differs with those who see a public option as a necessity."

Berry's unwillingness to listen to his constituents apparently shielded him from the smelling salts that opened the eyes of his colleagues. According to Rick Crawford, the only announced Republican candidate for Berry's seat in 2010, "Just this last week, Congressman Berry said publicly that he is supportive of a public option on health care and it is not a deal breaker for him."

In response to President Obama's lie-laden address to Congress last week, Berry sent out a press release that demonstrates his inability to understand the concerns of his constituency. He attacks the free market system now in place. You know, the one that draws citizens of countries that have government-run systems when their nanny-state systems fail them. He fails to comprehend that Americans don't trust Congress to "fix" the system when he states, "We must have health insurance reform but we must work to find a fiscally responsible solution that preserves what works, fixes what doesn’t, and makes health care better and more affordable for all Americans."

When's the last time government interference made anything more affordable? When's the last time government intervention fixed anything? Government can take a good situation and make it bad, and it can take a bad situation and make it worse. The net cost of any government program always outweighs its benefits, and 1st District Arkansans understand this.

But Berry obviously has no plans to listen to those of us he supposedly works for, a strong majority of whom don't want Obama's government-run system determining our fate.

Just one more reason it's time to Boot Berry!
Tags: Arkansas News, Boot Berryism, Marion Berry, Obama, Obamacare, Rick Crawford, Where is Marion Berry

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ObamaCare: The Death Story

A parody of the consequences of ObamaCare presented by

ARRA News Service
Tags: ARRA News Service, comedy, Democrats, Fort Hard Knox, government, Health Care, Obamacare, parody, satire, taxes

Friday, September 4, 2009

Time to Go back to the Drawing Board - Boot Marion Berry

KAIT TV 8: Health care reform has brought out anger and confusion for many Americans. On Friday Congressman Marion Berry met with health professionals about health care reform.

"Everybody that I have talked to is basically convinced that we've got to go back to the drawing board," said Congressman Marion Berry. Berry spoke to health care providers about the bill being debated across the country. "For me to tell you what exactly something is going to look like in that bill would be total speculation because nobody knows right now," said Berry. . . .

Berry . . . said we spend twice as much for health care in the United States than any other country and other members like him want to see more "gravy" taken out of the insurance and pharmaceutical part of the bill. "Everybody recognizes we're going to have to change some things. They just want to be able to express their opinion about how it needs to be done," . . . [Full Story]
In the accompanying Aug 28th KAIT video, we see a truth confirmed. With the August recess almost finished, KAIT reports that Congressman Berry's office told KAIT that "there are no plans now to hold any town hall meetings on health care in Arkansas." Yes, we already knew this but it was nice for KAIT to also finally confirm our complaint. Berry said, "They just want to be able to express their opinion about how it needs to be done." but then Berry for over 30 days was unwilling to let the general public meet with him to express their positions.

Berry met with doctors and others in the health care industry. Why - maybe the doctors have the bucks to influence him or at least his campaign. Whereas the people have only their votes and Berry believes based on past history that he can continue to bamboozle the voters. Note also, Berry said he wants to "see more 'gravy' taken out of the insurance and pharmaceutical . . ." Well Rep. Berry, we would like to see more gravy taken out of Congress, your paychecks, your access to special interest money and much more. We would like our health care left alone! Where in the Constitution does it give you Rep. Berry and others in the Federal government the right to mess with our personal health care? We can agree with Rep. Berry that "We've got to go back to the drawing board." But it is not on health care. No, leave our American health care alone! But as far as Rep. Marion Berry, it is time to go back to the drawing board and to use our votes to "Boot Berry."
Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Marion Berry, nationalized health care, Town Hall