Last Saturday, I took some time away from my family to attend a meeting at the Geneva City Hall with our 14th Congressional District Representative, Bill Foster.
When I entered the building I was informed that only a limited number of people would be able to ask questions in a private room away from the public. Only 45 numbered slips of paper were given out, with each person rationed to a few minutes.
What I found interesting is that while Foster was taking numbers and seeing people in seclusion, Genevaâ€™s Mayor Kevin Burns was holding an open forum, right outside of Fosterâ€™s private meeting room. Mayor Burns didnâ€™t hide. He took tough questions about recently installed red light cameras and a possible water rate increase. Mayor Burns did not ask us to take a number or shuffle citizens to a side room. He took the heat.
After I waited for over three hours for Foster, he finally came out of the City Hall building. As he came down the steps, I wanted just a couple of minutes to ask about the impending health care bill and his voting record. He answered a question from an individual who adorned support for him; however, after being introduced as the Chairman of the Kane County Young Republicans, I was brushed aside and told, â€œSorry, there isnâ€™t enough time.â€
Maybe by waiting in line, taking a number and rationing the amount of time each person had with Foster was a foreshadowing of whatâ€™s to come. As we move closer to socialized medicine, maybe Rep. Foster was giving us some lessons. Healthcare will be politicized. Everyone will take a number and wait in line. And if you wait long enough, eventually your time will run out.
Kane County Young Republicans