Well, I DO live in the district and I am pretty surprised and upset by Benson's comments. The first thing that came to my mind was, "Who is paying him off?" IHOP would be a great addition, especially where they are proposing to place the restaurant. There are MANY folks who go to work early in that area and would love to have a restaurant of that type that is open those hours. Besides, have you ever tried to get into a restaurant in the area ANY time lately? Not only would the "Mall" not suffer from IHOP coming in, I think the folks who come shopping early from Dalton, and other outlying areas would love to have such an option for dining- at early and late hours. Benson is WAY out of touch with the reality of the area and our needs.
I wonder if Mr. Fleischman thinks that mandated auto insurance is "unconstitutional"?? If not, why not? Also, perhaps the policies and laws on taxes that we pay.. perhaps those ought to be voted out as well! The people who raise the fear card by crying that the new health law is unconstituional, or will lead to "socialized medicine" haven't really considered that Medicare and even our VA health care system could be considered in the same light.
What we need is a health care system that is more equitable and more in line with our humanitarian values for which many claim they stand. People fear "rationing" of health care under a more equitable plan, but I can assure you that we already have that. If you can pay, you can have any level of health care available. But, if you cannot pay, you are allowed to manage on your own, or end up in the ER when you can't manage any longer. That is rationing of care. Even those with insurance have to live in fear of having their health benefits cut, or reduced by the big businesses of insurance. They spend literally millions and millions on devising methods of limitations on care for those who might actually use the insurance when they need it most.
And for those who have lost their insurance, or haven't been able to afford insurance, the situation is dire.
If you have to decide between feeding your family and taking your child to the doctor for care, perhaps you will wait, and hope the child improves on his/her own. That is rationing, but how logical, and how "fair" is that in a country that is one of the most advanced in the world- in all except health care for our citizens. Perhaps Mr. Fleishman doesn't have to worry about that, but the rest of us do.