On Saturday, August 28 BookHampton was delighted to welcome Congressman Tim Bishop to our East Hampton store for a town meeting. He spoke briefly and then took questions from the audience on a range of topics, including health care reform, immigration, taxation, and the war in Afghanistan.
On health care Mr. Bishop said he voted in favor of the bill which was eventually passed into law because it represented the best alternative, although he acknowledged that it is afar fro perfect. He pointed out that adding 35 to 40 million people to the pool of those being insured — which the bill will do — is in fact the surest way to bring down premium rates.
In response to a question about rising property tax rates, he said that at least in our area 70% of the property taxes go to support public schools, and the only way to bring them down would be to increase Federal support for schools, or for school districts to reduce expenses. He did not express an opinion on the latter, as it is of course outside Congress's jurisdiction.
In response to another question Mr. Bishop said that he was opposed to term limits for members of Congress because he believes that he knows more now, and is much more effective, than he was when he was elected (he is now in his fourth term).
Given how much of what passes for political discourse these days is shouting and invective, it was encouraging for those present to see how articulate, well-informed, and well-spoken our representative in Congress is.
— Jeremy Nussbaum