In a Mirror letter (June 20), the Blair County Tea Party asked Congressman Bill Shuster for a public meeting.
They sent mail and email requests in April and May. They received no response. The tea party thinks Shuster never heard their requests; I think he has.
Politicians have rules for public meetings. They want to know what questions will be asked; that way, the questions they don't want to answer won't be brought up. Besides, the tea party would ask the same old party line questions that have been asked before.
They would never ask questions that people like me would ask Shuster and demand specific answers. Questions like:
n You voted against every infrastructure bill President Obama sent to the House. Will you vote for them now that you are head of the transportation committee?
n How much do you pay for your health insurance (which is the best in the world)?
n How much money have you taken from the health care, pharmaceutical and oil industries since you've been in Congress?
n Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, but more than 4,000 Americans were killed, thousands more wounded. Do you still think we should have invaded Iraq?
n The U.S. sent weapons to Saddam Hussein to help Iraq in the 1980 war against Iran. The U.S. sent weapons and money to Afghan rebels (which included Osama bin Laden) to fight the Russians in 1979. Would you vote to send money and weapons to the Syrian rebels?
n Why do you want to cut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and Railroad Retirement?
n At a Republican Presidential debate, candidates were asked what to do for people with no health insurance. Someone yelled: "let 'em die." Do you think the candidates should have confronted that person?
Questions like these should be asked of every member of Congress, but they never will.
Dennis C. Shore