Read the small print

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT • RAWL • FROM PAGE ONE -

Our Fifth District Con­gress­man Tom Gar­rett re­cently sent a slick, four-color mail­ing to se­niors ti­tled “What is Congress Do­ing to Pro­tect Your Ben­e­fits?” It ap­pears that un­der close ex­am­i­na­tion, the an­swer is “not much,” at least as far as Gar­rett is con­cerned.

He cited four mea­sures in Congress deal­ing with health care that he is par­tic­u­larly “proud” of sup­port­ing.

The first is leg­is­la­tion that dis­solves a Medi­care ad­vi­sory panel. This bill was passed by Congress with bi­par­ti­san sup­port. That was no sur­prise. The panel had no mem­bers and, of course, had never met. Way to go Tom! A pro­file in courage if there ever was one.

What about the other three mea­sures he boasts of “co-spon­sor­ing” in his mailer? All three of them were DOA on in­tro­duc­tion. They never even made it to a con­gres­sional com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion. Nei­ther Repub­li­can nor Demo­crat lead­ers con­sid­ered them worth dis­cus­sion.

You may think his mes­sage to se­niors is just an­other piece of po­lit­i­cal cam­paign pro­pa­ganda, but it notes, “This mail­ing was pre­pared, pub­lished and mailed at tax­payer ex­pense.” Need­less to say, Gar­rett was re­quired to in­clude that no­tice — in small print.

TIM AY­ERS Sper­ryville

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