Congressman Walz hears from voters in grocery aisle

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz heard from some unhappy folks when he met constituents Tuesday at the Hy-Vee grocery in Austin.

Among those attending the “Congress on Your Corner” event was Mower County Republican Chairperson Dennis Schminke, says the Austin Daily Herald.

He came to tell Walz about his worries about the economy, and that the government should spend within its means:

“I want to express my concern that the U.S. not go any further down the path of Greece. We’re hemorrhaging red ink.”

Austin resident Gene Novack, waiting in line to see the congressman, said:

 “Our fathers left us a legacy and it’s gone now. We need to get back to the basics.”

He’s mad about taxes.

“They’re not saving us any money,” Novack said of the federal government. “It eventually trickles to the city, where our taxes go up.”

Larry Hirndierks and Mike McCormack of Albert Lea said they wanted to talk to Walz about diseases infecting corn and soybeans. Both work in the agricultural fertilizer business.

Walz said he uses such meetings to listen to his constituents and take their concerns back to Washington, D.C.:

“[I’m here] to try and explain if there are specific questions about legislation — to inform people. We want them to have faith in the system.”

Legislators and constituents alike need to be “engaged” in the governing process and willing to compromise, he said.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 09/28/2011 - 04:38 pm.

    Of course Republicans are unhappy with Rep. Walz (D,MN) — he wins elections.

  2. Submitted by Karen Sandness on 02/28/2014 - 05:50 pm.

    “We’re going to end up like Greece”

    is part of one of the great right-wing clichés of recent years. I’m surprised he didn’t use the full cliché: “We’re going to end up like Spain and Greece.”

    It is the standard response to any suggestions that the U.S. adopt national health care or nationwide standards for paid vacations or parental leave or projects for affordable housing or mass transit.

    Never mind that some European countries are doing great. Never mind that Ireland, one of the worst-off countries, used to be a right-wing poster child for conservative economics. Never mind that the financial troubles of Spain and Greece have entirely different causes, neither of which is applicable to the U.S. It’s a cliché that right-wingers use to frighten people who probably couldn’t find either country on a map, much less read an article about the reasons for their financial plights.

    I wonder if Rep. Walz took the time to explain these things. I wonder if Mr. Schminke was one of those people who doesn’t want to be confused by facts.

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