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Monday, July 25, 2005

Senator Evan Bayh: Come Out From Under Your Rock!!

OK, our little cowering cockroach has been identified. Senator Evan Bayh (D-Indiana) is the recluse who has been blocking all e-mail from Downsize DC (and God knows who else). If you can spare a minute, please call him at 202-224-5623; and/or fax him at 202-228-1377. Let him know it is not acceptable to block correspondence from constituents he doesn't want to hear from.

Downsize DC is non-partisan. Most of their political activity is done through mass e-mails. Everyone regardless of political views should be outraged by this cowardly behavior by a senator. It’s hard to remember this, but these people work for us. Their 6-figure salaries come out of your tax dollars. Are you going to tolerate this kind of arrogant behavior from your employees??

Some of Downsize DC’s current projects include:

Federal legislation to fight the Supreme Court decision on eminent domain. As you probably know, local governments are now able to condemn anyone's property, seize the property (via eminent domain) and sell it to a private developer. According to the Supreme Court’s “reasoning,” if a developer can make a more lucrative use of your property, the increased tax revenue counts as “public use,” same as a highway or railroad.

A law has already been introduced in Congress (S. 1313) to prevent local governments from seizing property and selling it to a private owner. However, this law is completely toothless and unenforceable. Downsize DC wants to add an enforcement tool to this law: all federal funding will be denied to any local government that uses eminent domain to seize private property and sell it to another private owner. Here is how you can help make this law enforceable.

Downsize DC has also written a bill for Congress: the Read The Bills Act. They need a Congressional Representative to introduce the bill in Congress and they need as many sponsors as possible. This bill would require lawmakers to actually read an entire bill before voting yes or no on it. Now there’s a radical concept — people actually performing the job they were hired to do?!? Earning their salaries? Riiight.

These Martini-soaked blobs are too busy fundraising, asskissing and taking bribes — read an entire bill? Here is Senator Joe Lieberman’s response to the Read The Bills Act: “It would be ideal for every Member of Congress to read every bill that he or she votes on. — Oh, a campaign contribution? For me? Gulp! How much? Drool! Slobber! Tremble! (Bends over) Ahem — Unfortunately, due to time restraints it is nearly impossible for a member to read every word of every single piece of legislation that comes up for a vote.”

His response is typical of our useless country-clubbing deadwood employees. They’d rather just keep partying (on your tax dollars) than do their jobs.

Here is how you can get your Representative to sponsor this important bill. If you want our lawmakers to start performing the job we hired them to do, this is your chance.


Blogger Kevin said...

Nice post. Good to hear about two things I care about that don't get much press at all. In fact, I believe they are getting none because all anyone cares about right now is Roberts' nomination.

I live in the state that Bayh is from. Perhaps I will call him and tell him to quit being a coward.

(NOTE: If he is running for president in '08, perhaps he thinks this will be bad for public relations if he is connected to this group? I don't see why this is okay but just a thought.)

July 25, 2005 at 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Kevin: Yeah, it's too bad the Roberts nomination is drowning everything else out. I personally wouldn't vote for a candidate who intentionally shuts out constituents by blocking e-mails. Regardless of someone's political views, that act says "you're not important. Send me a large contribution and we'll talk."

July 25, 2005 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Jet said...

Whether or not you reside in Indiana, I think people should call. If this Senator thinks he should be leading the country, perhaps he should be willing to listen to people's viewpoints from all over. Besides, he spends plenty of face time with lobbyists; why the decision not to accept constituent emails simply because they originate from a central source? Surely lobbying is the same concept - a central source for expressing a viewpoint.

July 26, 2005 at 9:49 AM  
Anonymous Tom Harper said...

Jet: I’d never vote for a politician who tried to sleaze out like that, regardless of their political stances. It doesn’t help much if he goes around proclaiming “I’ll stand up for the working men and women of this country” and then shuts everybody out except for lobbyists.

I called that number yesterday. The person I talked to made it sound like he wasn’t planning to change his mind. And not only that, she said several other senators were thinking of doing the same thing. Sounds like Downsize DC is gonna have some work to do.

July 26, 2005 at 10:11 AM  

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