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Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh Loses Cool at Town Hall

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« on: November 09, 2011, 10:54:51 am »

Rep. Joe Walsh Loses Cool at Town Hall: ‘That’s Not the Problem!’
Posted on November 9, 2011

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is usually a mild-mannered guy with a heavy Midwestern accent. But during a town hall meeting on Sunday, he let his emotions fly while answering constituent questions on the banking industry and government regulation.

The “Cup of joe with Joe Walsh” event at a Gurnee, IL UNO bar and grill seemed to start off cordial enough. Video of the event picks up with a calm Walsh discussing random bills, taking a shot at John McCain, and calming a veteran’s fear about veterans benefits. But about six minutes in, a constituent brings up AT&T wanting to buy T-Mobile, and how it has the potential to be a monopoly. That eventually led to a discussion on government regulation and intervention, and some attendees took shots at big banks being in bed with government. Walsh had about enough of that.

Here’s a transcript (which we have fixed and added to in some places):

WALSH: That’s not the problem! The problem is you’ve got to be consistent. And I dont want government meddling in the marketplace. Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that. But you gotta’ be consistent. And it’s not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created mess was your government, which has demanded for years that everybody be in a home. And we’ve made it easy as possible for people to be in homes. [...] The government sets the rules. Don’t blame banks, and don’t blame the marketplace for the mess we’re in right now! I am tired of hearing that crap! [...]

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This guy says the banks/bankers aren't to blame....uh...excuse me?
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