Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Time to Apply the Pressure!

Congress is embarking upon its summer recess. When your Congressman or Senator comes to your area, you need to introduce yourself and politely make a few things known to him or her. For your convenience, here are some talking points:

  • Under no circumstances whatsoever is a government takeover of heathcare acceptable. None. No compromises are acceptable, either. Government simply needs to get out of the way.
  • Government spending is ridiculously out-of-control and must be severely curtailed. Pork projects, bailouts, "stimuli," and presidential date nights to far-off locales need to stop (OK, maybe your congressman can't do much about that last one).
  • Taxes must not go up. Welfare, including such forms as the EIC, needs to shrink.
[Commentary on that last point: Given the ludicrous complexity of the U.S. Tax Code, it has become nearly impossible to change it in any way without affecting someone with higher taxes. I really don't have a problem with people who pay no taxes now, due to the EIC or other similar targeted tax credits, paying something more equitable if those tax credits are removed.]

If your Congressman hasn't extricated himself from the discussion by this point, select your favorites from this list below:
  • Illegal immigration, since it is illegal, needs to be stopped. With vigor.
  • Guantanamo is the ideal place for terrorist enemies of our country.
  • The Second Amendment is every bit as much a part of our Constitution as the First Amendment.
  • Abortion is murder, and since murder is illegal, it needs to be stopped. With vigor. The Supreme Court was supremely wrong on that one.
  • Car manufacturing should be in the hands of the private sector.
The point here is to impress upon your Congressman that there are many voters who have strong feelings on these issues, and that these people will vote in the next election. We want them to return to Washington next month with the strong feeling that many voters are watching and taking notes, and that if they support the Obama/socialist agenda, they do so at their own electoral peril.


Brenda said...

I'm just concerned that maybe they aren't even listening. I'm starting to get the feeling that Obama has an agenda and he doesn't care what the American people think and has it orchestrated to get his way, no matter what. Isn't that the socialist way?

Ken said...

Yes, Brenda, you're right: There is an agenda, and most who favor that agenda are intentionally ignoring the wishes of the American people. That's why we need to speak to them—clearly and unapologetically.

And, yes, that is the "socialist way." Nicely stated.