Opinion: Fitzpatrick's Priorities Uneven
A Doylestown resident takes on Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in verse.
Ann Shenkle, of Doylestown, wrote this poem after Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick voted recently to repeal a medical device tax in President Barack Obama's healthcare law.
An Expanding Vision
Of the possible news that Fitzpatrick could skew
There’s a technique that we especially hate
He takes a concern that‘s a little bit true
And proceeds to fully EXAGGERATE!
As a region Bucks County is known
To care about rivers and clean air and such
Fitzpatrick has voted to curb all the rules
But to the vocally local he won’t say as much.
In his news he glad-hands and smiles for the pics
And loudly proclaims his good will
For everything wild and everything clean
But behind him the funding is nil.
His “newsletter” reports the repeal of a charge
On the makers of medical devices
According to him, he has to vote no
To save big business from costs and high prices.
Perhaps in some places the burden is great
But it is hard to imagine, once more,
How the thousands of jobs and lost billions he states
Will much bother the Eighth with just four.
That is four Eighth District makers who were saved a few bucks
Does it make your own burden much lighter my dear?
But four businesses saved of 2 plus percent
Means that four happy owners are now in the clear.
With ink on such drama all over the Eighth
A tax-saving tree loving Rep can expect
To keep coffers flowing with lobbyist checks
And the voters bogged down in political dreck.
Ann Melby Shenkle, Doylestown