Congressional hearings are a fixture in Washington and are supposedly a tool for investigation by the nation’s lawmaking body.
Unfortunately, too often when Democrats are in charge, it’s not the case. Rather than hearings being a means for seeking facts and information, they become just a platform for politicking by members of the majority party and a forum for attacking those whose views they don’t like.
This distortion of process was in full view at recent House Budget Committee hearings on “Poverty in America: Economic Realities of Struggling Families.”
Of eight witnesses, six were from the same left-wing organization—the Poor People’s Campaign.
The other two were members of the national clergy network of my organization CURE, Center for Urban Renewal and Education: Pastor Latasha Fields, founder of Christian Home Educators’ Support System, and Pastor David Mahan, founder of Frontline Youth Communications.
Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a member of the committee and one of three Muslims in Congress, showed up at the hearing not looking for facts but with her already established, prefabricated view of the world. Rather than asking questions, she used all her time to pontificate and ridicule CURE’s two Christian pastors.
The remarkable stories that these two pastors shared about growing up poor in broken communities and beating the odds through struggle and faith were of zero interest to Omar. They didn’t say what she wanted to hear.
Mahan summed up his formula for what worked, saying, “Personal responsibility, strong marriages and families, and an active faith in Jesus Christ. … Government programs will only prove successful to the degree that they supplement these key factors, without supplanting them.”
Fields talked about her determination as a young woman to not become part of the drugs, crime, and despair in the community that surrounded her where she grew up, in Baton Rouge.
She shared the devastation she experienced after becoming pregnant at age 17 and withstanding the pressure from those around her who told her to abort the child.
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Source: The Daily Signal