|State Representative Warren Kampf|
A town hall hosted by Republican State Representative Warren Kampf was held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Phoenixville Area High School in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
There were roughly 50 of his constituents in attendance. To enter the auditorium where it was being held, everyone had to sign in with their name, address, phone number, and email address. Once I got past "security" and sat down, Kampf was speaking about fiscal issues. One of his staff members Colleen Eckman, who is also a Lower Providence Township Supervisor, did a superb job by organizing the town hall Q&A segment by giving everyone a number card who wanted to ask Rep. Kampf a question. My number was number 15.
A question was asked from Jane Taylor Toal, who is associated with Citizens for Liberty, if the State Rep. supports universal background checks, and he replied that there should be background checks for private sales involving long guns. After doing some research, I found legislation that he co-sponsored called House Bill 1010 that requires background checks for all firearms.
Article 1, Section 21 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania specifically states that "The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned." Warren Kampf is surely questioning the very same Constitution that he took an oath to uphold. As a supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, I was really disappointed to hear his response.
Many other questions were asked by his constituents. I'll list those issues by name and then a brief description of how State Rep. Warren Kampf answered them.
Pension Reform: Mr. Kampf said that "pension costs are one of the largest drivers on property tax increases". He also stated that he wants pension reform.
Hemp legalization: Kampf replied that "there was a legitimate chance", but he would like to see how medical marijuana goes first in other states.
Marcellus Shale: Warren Kampf said that he would like to put a severance tax on the company.
Finally, he was up to number 14. I was excited because I was the next person to ask a question, but he must have forgotten that 15 comes after 14 and skipped right over me and went to number 16, but I made sure to let him know that I was next. I asked him what was his position on legalized gay marriage in Pennsylvania. He brushed off the subject and claimed it to be a federal issue, which is blatantly not true because each state defines it own marriage laws, not the federal government. But he did say that he supports anti-discrimination of Gays in the workplace. I also asked him what his personal opinion was on gay marriage, but he refused to answer.
ObamaCare: A question was asked, "how do we stop it in Pennsylvania?" Rep. Kampf said that there was nothing that we can do to stop it, because "it is a federal issue." That was also incorrect, because through my research, I have found that not to be true at all. If you log on to http://tracking.tenthamendmentcenter.com/issues/obamacare, it shows a map of a total of 12 states that so far have legislation which rejects this unconstitutional federal law, including Georgia which has recently signed in to law legislation that bans the state from participating in significant portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The State Representative also said that he is fine with Medicaid expansion. He claims to be a fiscal conservative, but what he really sounds like is a champion of the left.
Eminent Domain: One concerned resident brought up the eminent domain crisis that happened with the Campbell family that owned Meadow Brook Golf Club. The Phoenixville Area School Board voted to steal this family's property for their own political agenda. The family has been vigorously battling this in court. Rep. Kampf said that fundamentally taking property is a very serious matter. But he defended the legality of eminent domain, and said it should be used as a last resort. The crowd wasn't too happy with his response.
Illegal Immigration: Several concerned citizens brought this issue up with regards to the recent illegal immigration issue. He was asked what can he do about it, and his response was "we can do nothing but watch". Again, Kampf's response was incorrect. Because the governor and each county sheriff can legally do something about this. This is not just a federal issue.
With only three months until the general election, State Representative Warren Kampf has a lot of angry voters to please if he wishes to keep his seat. Although I do give him kudos for not voting for the Transportation "Gas Tax" Bill, I do however hope that he will change his mind on several issues by shrinking the size of government, and standing by "We the People".