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  • pjMom 9:31 AM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    What you least expect to hear upon calling your Senator to tell him to vote for #cutcapandbalance 

    This as the hold music. So much irony from which to choose, so little time.

    I called Mark Udall and Michael Bennet of Colorado. Will call the rest, too. Here’s a list via Red State:

    Here are the Democrats who need to hear from you as soon as possible. Each of these senators voted in favor of a non-binding resolution earlier this year supporting the Balanced Budget Amendment. We will find out today if they were serious.

    Mark Begich (D-AK) — (202) 224-3004
    Michael Bennet (D-CO) — (202) 224-5852
    Sherrod Brown (D-OH) — (202) 224-2315
    Tom Carper (D-DE) — (202) 224-2441
    Joe Manchin (D-WV) — (202) 224-3954
    Claire McCaskill (D-MO) — (202) 224-6154
    Bill Nelson (D-FL) — (202) 224-5274
    Ben Nelson (D-NE) — (202) 224-6551
    Mark Udall (D-CO) — (202) 224-5941

    Bennet’s office immediately answered and placed me on hold. I waited less than a minute. Udall’s line provided the serenade for a slightly longer wait. Both staffers were polite. Udall’s sported a heavy British accent, not something I expected to accompany Alan Jackson.

    Call.

     
    • just a conservative girl 10:53 AM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Shocker, neither of mine are on there!!!

    • pjMom 8:54 PM on 07/22/2011 Permalink | Reply

      LOL. Lost causes in Virginia. Not for long…

      • just a conservative girl 8:59 PM on 07/24/2011 Permalink | Reply

        I am a little worried about next year’s election. Tim Kaine is going to be a formitable opponent. His approval ratings when he left the governership were not terrible, and he is known and liked around the state.

    • SignPainterGuy 5:47 PM on 07/23/2011 Permalink | Reply

      My dem. rep. (NC-11) Heath Shuler voted for Cut, Cap and Balance (because the majority of his constituents told him to) and the local (Gannett owned) Asheville Citizen-Times excoriated him for daring to cross party lines on the editorial page, without an author`s signature of course !

  • Sherry 4:12 PM on 03/19/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , budgets, , diets, ,   

    These two telling reads reveal the depth of our current problem. 

    Iowahawk’s http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2011/03/feed-your-family-on-10-billion-a-day.html 

    and Powerline’s http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2011/03/028631.php

    The articles make it clear that far greater of a threat to our long term well being as a country than healthcare, childhood obesity and bullying in school, is the overwhelming debt we are amassing and continuing to pretend doesn’t really need fixing. 

    Now is the time to act, when the CBO has just come out explaining that Whoops, we misunderestimated the deficits by 2.3 Trillion. 

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/CBO-Obama-understates-apf-1323525507.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=5&asset=&ccode=

    Making that kind of error in math is rather  like claiming the weight posted on one’s driver’s license is legit.  Everyone KNOWS it’s bogus.  It’s just a question of degrees.  In this case, the White House is counting on everyone being exhausted by the numbers and the amount that has been so out of whack with reality as to make any attempts at less seem almost meaningless.

    That lack of hope is what is in part has derailed the Non Tea Party elected members of congress from being as pumped up about cutting the deficit.  They will get credit for a negative victory if they hold fast.  It’s a lot harder to run on being fiscally prudent in election years when opponents will be able to carp on the legislators giving the state less, cutting programs and being obstructionists to government passing laws and providing services. 

    Republicans are now allowing themselves to be sucked into the quagmire of spend, pay now and more later but  don’t read the fine print with their weak-kneed responses to the Democrats and promises that THERE WILL BE CUTS…but later. 

    MEMO to Republicans: You asked for the opportunity to do the right thing….this is like life, you don’t get points for wanting to do the right thing if you do the wrong thing, and you don’t get points for doing the right thing later if you are doing the wrong thing now and you don’t get points for promising to do the right thing some day.   You do the right thing today and tomorrow and the next and the next and the next and the next.  Cut the federal spending.  Cut it across the board, in the discretionary and mandatory areas.  Roll it back to 2008 or even better, 2006.  Pin it back to the time the Democrats came into power.   You can do this, you just have to muster the steel.  My suggestion, adopt the language from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program. 

    Learn the Fiscal Facts: What is Obesity?  In a person, it is excess body fat, and the normal range is 18.5 to 24.9, while a BMI of over 30 is considered Obese.  So Let’s take the GNP and declare that the Federal Deficit Index should be considered obese if it is over 30%.  

    Now, does anyone see the government opting to make healthier choices for its  habits or taking time out to exercise rather than sit around all day eating our tax dollars?  No.  We see the Democrats howling about the draconian nature of not being able to supersize their fries.   We see the Republicans congratulating themselves on getting a diet coke with their Big Mac and Extra Large Fries.  We see the President talking to the kids about healthy eating choices while pulling into the drive thru and ordering all of them their happy meals of choice with a few pies for dessert.  They may make a cut but it will be dumb luck if it reduces any of our debt or deficit by a scintilla of an iota.  

    Losing one pound when you need to shed 80 doesn’t feel very encouraging and with the current congress, we’re more talking about losing 1/1000th of a pound.   Rah. 

     I think I’ll wait to break out the skinny jeans.

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