CLEAR THINK­ING

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

Tena­cious town hall spirit is alive and well, says Colin Hanna, pres­i­dent of Let Free­dom Ring, the non­profit pub­licpol­icy group that is tracking how many law­mak­ers have pledged to ac­tu­ally read all 1,018 pages of heath care re­form leg­is­la­tion (118 at this junc­ture). Now the or­ga­ni­za­tion is tracking pub­lic sen­ti­ment.

The group re­leased a poll Sept. 29 that found 91 per­cent of Amer­i­cans say that all non­emer­gency leg­is­la­tion should be posted on the In­ter­net for at least 72 hours. Some 96 per­cent of Repub­li­cans, 94 per­cent of in­de­pen­dents and 83 per­cent of Democrats agree.

“Th­ese new poll find­ings are fur­ther ev­i­dence that the town hall events over the sum­mer and the mas­sive Sept. 12 rally in Wash­ing­ton re­flect a fun­da­men­tal shift in the coun­try,” Mr. Hanna tells Belt­way. “More and more peo­ple — left, right and cen­ter — are ag­i­tat­ing for in­creased trans­parency from their gov­ern­ment as the new ad­min­is­tra­tion seeks to rapidly ex­pand gov­ern­ment’s role in their lives.”

The find­ings also re­veal a dis­con­nect be­tween some law­mak-

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