Earlier this morning, Senator Mike Johanns came to Waverly to visit with his constituents about what's on both his and our minds. The initial presentation looked at, as you could probably guess, the state of affairs with regard to the economy. The senator pointed out that as far as he was concerned, we were on a path that would only lead us down the tubes...although he didn't say that exactly. After Senator Johanns' presentation, there was time allotted for questions from those present. For the most part, these questions centered on:
- The economy
- Health care (and the religious freedom implications of recent developments)
- "Can't we all just live together" (from a lonely and brave Democrat)
- Pervasive and unaccountable buracracy
- The fact that neither the House nor the Senate have even passed a formal budget resolution yet this year(!)
- The Post Office closure, and funding issue (there was quite a spirited discussion, you should have been there)
- How the system is just "broken" and has been for 30-40 years (This impassioned veteran got a round of applause from the attendees).
I would say that Senator Johanns acquiitted himself quite well. He was knowlegable on all of these topics, and his responses to the questions were measuerd, and thoughtful. One thing that stuck in my mind was his description of a bipartisan coalition of senators that aim to try to fix the fiscal mess we are in, instead of use it for political fodder. That is one of the best things I've heard in a long time. You can read more about that here. Whether or not it will pan out, remains to be seen, but you have to root for progress... ANY progress.
Neil Johnson 2/20/2012