by Max Brantley
U.S. Rep. Steve Womack held a town hall meeting in Fort Smith yesterday and, judging by the account in the Northwest Arkansas version of the Democrat-Gazette (not the NWA Times as I wrote originally), kept his cool. The questioning, though not hostile, was probing. And Womack offered some nuggets worth polishing further:
* FRANK WHITE REDUX: "Womack told the crowd he doesn’t have time to read all bills[my emphasis] that come before the U.S. House of Representatives, but between him and his staff, all those bills are read before he votes on them."
* I EARN MY HANDOUTS: Womack said he'd never received a government handout. Oh, OK, he got federal dollars through a ROTC scholarship to pay for his college. “It wasn’t a grant,” he said. “I agreed to sign my life away for that.”
* HE WAS AGAINST TAXES BEFORE HE WAS FOR TAXES: He said his support for an Internet sales tax on retail sales didn't violate the no-tax pledge he signed for Grover Norquist. "Womack said the tax on Internet sales isn’t new, and the no-tax pledge he signed concerned the income tax rate."