by Oliver_Halle
 The Agitator
November 11, 2011 11:25 AM | 3919 views | 2 2 comments | 357 357 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

On Monday, November 7th , Don (the Godfather) Jenacova and I hosted a Q & A meeting with Congressman Tom Price at Panera Bread near the Loop on Upper Roswell Road.  We had sixty people attend, the outer limit of what we hoped for in order to keep it manageable.  The format was for Tom to take five minutes to provide his overview of the problems our nation faces and what he is trying to do about it.  After that the meeting was turned over to the very eclectic audience.  Questions were drawn from a hat of those who submitted their names.  Most  got their question asked.  There were no softballs.  Tom handled some tough questions respectfully, and while not everyone agreed with him, I think it’s safe to say that all were pleased with his effort to address the issues.  This format allowed for the voters to decide what is important, and to put their elected representative’s feet to the fire.  It also alerted Tom to some things that are bothering his constituents, and I suspect that he may have been surprised by some of the questions. 

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Wendy Alpine
November 11, 2011
Happy Veterans Day to you, Oliver. You and the Godfather are keeping our pols honest!

-- Wendy
Frank Ward
December 15, 2011
The Georgia GOP politician of today as epitomized by Price will only pay lip service to comments, questions and complaints that might be even slightly different from their far-right ideology. Price is so "safe" that he is smug about it and he can just keep toddling on as he has been doing. He has no incentive to work with anyone to move toward the large amorphous middle where most of us are. That's why we need term limits but there is fat chance of today's GOP majority proposing one of the key planks of Gingrich's "Contract ON America". As one Maryland GOP congressman said back then: "We did it because we didn't think we would win."
Oliver Halle of east Cobb is a retired FBI agent and has law degrees from The University of North Carolina and New York University. He commanded a Swift Boat in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star with the Combat V for meritorius action. While with the FBI he helped investigate and prosecute members of the Columbo organized crime “family” and later launched the investigation that resulted in the conviction on corruption charges of Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.

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