Barney Frank, the liberal congressman representing Boston suburbs, will be holding three town hall meetings in the next ten days. They will feature his plan to reduce military spending by 25%.
Frank has previously dodged the issue of reducing aid to Israel. You can see the Congressman mention cutting aid to every ally with the exception of Israel (at about minute 2:45) in this talk with Keith Olbermann. Frank similarly dodged the same question, posed by Josh Ruebner, at a Congressional hearing in March 2009. And in 2010 Frank responded to the same question at another New Bedford gathering by saying that the United States had to honor its commitments to Israel and could not cut aid to that one nation.
Frank’s constituents may want to make him squirm at one of the three Town Hall meetings scheduled in the next few days, announced in this email:
Dear Mr. —,
I am writing to invite you to attend a Town Hall meeting that I will be holding in New Bedford this Saturday, October 15th. Our country is currently engaged in a critical national debate over the economy, job creation, and the deficit. I believe that we cannot fruitfully discuss these issues without talking about military spending, which makes up more than 50% of total discretionary spending.
I believe that it is essential, in order to meet our needs at home, to scale back our worldwide military commitments and substantially change a military structure that was created in the wake of World War II more than 60 years ago. We can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman.
We must cut excessive military spending in order to meet other priorities here at home. On Saturday, I plan to speak and listen about these and other pressing national issues that so greatly affect our lives.
The event will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park– see details below. I hope to see you there.
Town Hall with Congressman Barney Frank
Saturday, October 15th 2:00 – 4:00 PM New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park Corson Building 33 William Street, 2nd Floor New Bedford, MA
Other upcoming Town Halls with Congressman Frank
Sunday, October 16th 2:00 – 4:00 PM Mass Bay Community College Main Auditorium 50 Oakland Street Wellesley Hills, MA
Sunday, October 23rd 2:00 – 4:00 PM First Parish Church 68 Church Green Taunton, MA