Here’s a fun YouTube that’s been making the rounds of the right-wing blogs, from an August 31 town hall by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA) — in which a woman literally dared him to come down and take her money right out of her hand.
Here you see a woman describing the Dem health care proposals as an effort to “plunder” from some in order to satisfy arbitrary needs as determined by bureaucrats. “So here is my question,” the woman said. “If you are so keen to forcibly take from one person to give to another, who you deem as needier than me. If you believe that it is absolutely moral to take MY money and give to someone else based on their supposed needs, then you come and take this $20 from me and use it as a down payment on this health care plan.”
To Dicks’ credit, he did have the beginnings of a good response in turning down the money: “I can’t accept a contribution like that.” The problem was that his delivery, perhaps thrown off by the cheering Tea Party types, was too weak and apologetic. If he’d been a little more sarcastic, it would have been a great snappy comeback.