Intern Kristi Noem is holding a real public meeting tonight in Brandon! Whoo-hoo! Unlike her "Aren't We Special" closed meeting with Madison's elites yesterday, this town hall at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center is open to anyone who wants to attend. That means you!
The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight with an opening address from Noem. Then, says organizer and Brandon Ward 3 Alderman Bob Bruning, he'll turn the microphone over to the public to ask questions.
Questions, people. Questions for Kristi Noem! Go ask your Congresswoman stuff! Like...
- Why did you vote to kill Medicare?
- Will you vote to end farm subsidies?
- Along with Medicare, what specific programs have you voted to cut to balance the budget, and why? (We know the answer to the first half; let's see if Kristi can finally answer it.)
- Do you think it is irresponsible of President Obama to make our tax burden lower than any President has since Eisenhower when we're facing such a huge deficit? (yes, this is a trick question)
- Who is your internship supervisor?
- Do you support earmarks or not?
- Why did you support a budget deal for this year that only cut $350 million from federal spending, not the $38 billion you and Speaker Boehner bragged about?
- How many donations did you get from your Laguna Beach cocktail party friends?
- What programs would you recommend to replace the women's health services that will be lost if you succeed in defunding Planned Parenthood?
- Have you or your family used your government health insurance yet? Has it required you to throw your mother under a bus?
That's my short list, but I know you, dear readers: you're a creative lot! You can come up with better than that! Think up some questions, bring some sources to refer to, and pack the house at the Brandon Valley Performing Arts Center tonight, starting at 6:30 p.m.!
Bonus Brandon Boosterism: Alderman Bruning is thrilled to have the opportunity to show off Brandon to our most famous intern, and he's eager to bring Senators Thune and Johnson to town in the near future for similar open town halls. "We're now the 12th largest city in South Dakota," Bruning says in the Brandon Challenger. "No. 12 in South Dakota - that's somebody[!]"
Reporter Jill Meier didn't use an exclamation point, but I would have, and I bet Bob did. Go get 'em, Bob!