Hear ye, hear ye: Immigration, Obama impeachment are issues tossed at Radel

Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a “Listening Session” at Collier Commission chambers in East Naples on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

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Congressman Trey Radel address those in attendance during a “Listening Session” at Collier Commission chambers in East Naples on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

— A Monday night community meeting with U.S. Rep. Trey Radel in East Naples was labeled a “listening session.”

For two hours, however, it sounded more like a venting session, with about 100 people filling the chamber usually used for Collier County Commission meetings.

There was talk of health care, a call from an audience member to impeach President Barack Obama and concern from immigration reform advocates. Gauging applause, most of the audience was Radel supporters.

The congressman uses the ongoing series of community meetings around Southwest Florida as a barometer of public opinion.

Radel spent the 90-minute session addressing audience questions on hot-button issues and talking about amendments he’s passed in the House, like legislation that requires Congressional approval before committing troops to Syria.

The freshman Republican congressman, who represents coastal Southwest Florida and a swath of East Naples, called a U.S. Senate immigration overhaul proposal “DOA in the House” and a “catastrophic failure.”

“It won’t see the light of day,” in the House, Radel said of the bill.

Instead, he reiterated support for piecemeal legislation coming from House colleagues like Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami, with bills that will be unveiled in a few months.

To cut off unauthorized immigration from the source, according to Radel, “you do what you can with free trade to assist the booming economy down south so mothers and fathers can put food on their kid’s plate and don’t need to come here.”

Radel, part of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee that deals with North and South America, cited the agreement with Colombia, which went into force last year, as a success story for such arrangements.

He also expressed support for the so-called “Dreamers” — young, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children by their parents.

“I think there’s something morally that needs to be done,” Radel said of including them in a reform bill.

The question from an attendee that elicited the most audience response, however, was if Radel would move to impeach the president.

To the chagrin of some vociferous audience members, Radel responded with a firm “no.”

Radel will host two more “listening sessions” this week in Southwest Florida:

A meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Edison State College, 8099 College Parkway, Building U, Room 102, Fort Myers.

A radio listening session at 6 p.m. Thursday on WFSX 92.5 FOX News. Call in: 239-479-5592.

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August8 writes:

I like the impeach Obama Theme.

26yearsonmarco writes:

"The question from an attendee that elicited the most audience response, however, was if Radel would move to impeach the president."

"To the chagrin of some vociferous audience members, Radel responded with a firm “no.”

Please remember the old saying: "Actions speak louder then Words"

His "NO" response to "We the Peoples" request clearly the words are going in one of his ears and out the other.

WizeOlMarco writes:

"There was talk of health care, a call from an audience member to impeach President Barack Obama and concern from immigration reform advocates. Gauging applause, most of the audience was Radel supporters.

The congressman uses the ongoing series of community meetings around Southwest Florida as a barometer of public opinion."

Why is a series of meetings needed? The so-called public opinion is from an organized group of people, same gang at meeting after meeting. Re-election engineering. If you are not part of the 'gang' would you expect Rep. Radel to even consider representing your viewpoints? Not in today's form of Democracy. If Rep. Radel was truly interested in public opinion he would reach out for opposing viewpoints by pushing back on specious statements, seek meetings outside his 'media comfort zone' (his former employer Fox) and acknowledging positive things about and done by his opposition. Instead Rep. Tradel practices the national Republican Party strategy of denegrating those opposite you. Rep. Tradel, it is your responsibility to represent all constitutents in your district, not a select few; read the United States Constitution.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Radels predecessor, Mack, was also a non-achiever thanks to his wife voting opposite him on every issue.

Where are they both today??? Answer: Retired on full pensions paid by “We the People” for the rest of their lives, and Mack is also now a Lobbyist.

I am a life time REP who has voted for an occasional DEM, but I am now considering changing to an Independent because I am fed up with “Listening Tours” by people that are in dire need of Hearing Aids.

panola60 writes:

Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday.

The union that represents IRS employees is urging its members to write to their congressmen to help get the union out of Obamacare.

Former Democrat Presidential Candidate and Governor of Vermont Howard Dean said:

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board is a “health-care rationing body,” which has the power to set rates for certain procedures for Medicare and determine which procedures and drugs will be covered.

The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”

While Dean agrees that costs need to be contained, he says the mechanism that will run the IPAB — known as rate-setting — has a 40-year track record of failure.

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had the same opinion that it is a rationing body and the IPAB will decide who will die and who will live, strictly by bureaucratic regulation, not in a doctor patient relationship. She therefore dubbed them the IPAB “Death Panel.”

August8 writes:

in response to panola60:

Health insurance rates in Georgia are rising by up to 198 percent under Obamacare, the Georgia Insurance Commissioner said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday.

The union that represents IRS employees is urging its members to write to their congressmen to help get the union out of Obamacare.

Former Democrat Presidential Candidate and Governor of Vermont Howard Dean said:

“The Independent Payment Advisory Board is a “health-care rationing body,” which has the power to set rates for certain procedures for Medicare and determine which procedures and drugs will be covered.

The IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.”

While Dean agrees that costs need to be contained, he says the mechanism that will run the IPAB — known as rate-setting — has a 40-year track record of failure.

Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had the same opinion that it is a rationing body and the IPAB will decide who will die and who will live, strictly by bureaucratic regulation, not in a doctor patient relationship. She therefore dubbed them the IPAB “Death Panel.”

Everyone was told this during the run-up to the law being forced down the throats of American's, this should be no surprise at all.
The very sight of Obama makes me nautious.

26yearsonmarco writes:

August8,

"The very sight of Obama makes me nautious."

The cure for your ailment is called IMPEACHMENT.

WMissow writes:

So goes Trickle Up Economics!

I hope Michelle is still proud of her country for the first time in her adult life!

WMissow writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

August8,

"The very sight of Obama makes me nautious."

The cure for your ailment is called IMPEACHMENT.

I try not looking at him long enough to make me nauseous. That does not always work, though!

The strange part is that I am surprised at how many people actually say this.

RayN writes:

The session started 15 minutes late, and Mr Radel was passionate during much of the event.

The "no" response on the question of an Obama "impeachment" was the practical and realistic answer. He pulled his punch though, because he could have stated that it SHOULD happen. It got worse with the addition that he has met the President ... and then something to the effect of "he's a nice guy."

Well, I will not pull the punch. Impeachment is impractical and unrealistic, but it SHOULD happen. This country is under assault from an Executive Branch filled with corruption and incompetence. Mr. Obama is not the only person who should be shown the door.

Both houses of Congress have "senior leaders" who are beholden not to the Constitution, their constituents, or any sense of ethics. They are beholden to their trappings of power, and run amuck with egos the size of Mt Everest. Anyone with 10 to 12 years in DC needs to head home and give some others a chance ... a chance to undo the mess our two-party system has created.

Ms. Freeman, the only declared Democrat candidate, was also in attendance, and it was my intention to ask Mr Radel if he would meet with us for a series of debates in 2014. Even though I raised my hand several times, the session ended with other hands still in the air, so that was okay.

www.ray2014.com

WMissow writes:

Ray,

There are "some" things we agree on. Saw the RAY car go by, yesterday. ;-)

RayN writes:

Aren't we supposed to have a coffee or beer séance sometime??

After I put my Marriott comments on, the peace pipe may disappear ..................

WMissow writes:

in response to RayN:

Aren't we supposed to have a coffee or beer séance sometime??

After I put my Marriott comments on, the peace pipe may disappear ..................

Lets just keep this at "arms length". That way you may never know if and when or if you already have had beer with me.

August8 writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

August8,

"The very sight of Obama makes me nautious."

The cure for your ailment is called IMPEACHMENT.

Precisely !!

RayN writes:

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