On March 16, our congressman, U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, had a busy day. We all know the challenges our country is facing: The economy, unrest in the Middle East, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These are serious problems that require courage and leadership to address.
Instead, Thompson spent most of that day forcing through a convoluted bill to prohibit local public radio stations from using federal funds to purchase programs. The country will surely be safer knowing that no federal money will be used by public radio stations to purchase radical programs like "Car Talk" and "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me." This bold act will not save taxpayers one dime, nor will it likely change the radio stations' program schedules.
The NPR vote is indicative of the "hard work" Thompson has been doing for his constituents. Since December, he has supported legislation against women, against children, against science, against food safety, against the environment and against common sense. In February, however, Thompson did show his courage when he voted against a law that would have prohibited federal funds to be used for NASCAR racing sponsorships. We pay him for this?
Thompson's voting record is appalling. It's not just the laziness, pettiness and the meanness of the votes; it is their total irrelevance in light of today's problems.