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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Thanking Wyden!! Have you?

I never got through to Wyden either via the capital switchboard or direct: Busy or put on hold.

But, Wyden
voted no!! Yay!

Just called him and thanked him. Will also
send a nice email. Grin!

Of course "small government" Smith voted yes. Honestly, I need someone to tell my why they are Republican or why they vote Republican!??

Now I need to contact
Wu and tell him to stay strong!


checkman said...

Senator Ron Wyden and both Representatives Peter DeFazio and Earl Blumenauer have been remarkable in this fiasco! Oregonians have good reason to be proud of these civil servants.

I was disappointed that Wu waffled, but not surprised. He's always tried to walk down the middle of the road. I have not lost all respect for him, but he is inconsistent in his representation of the individual taxpayer.

I wrote to both Wyden and DeFazio last weekend, encouraging them to stick with their position on this issue. And I wrote to them again today to thank them for their efforts.

czrpb said...

Awesome! I think it is very important to contact them. Especially in this case when a lot of people were. Being one of a few voices on any issue is probably pretty pointless: I doubt being one of say 10 calls on any topic would convince any politician to vote against their own interest.

But being say the one to push the number of calls over 100 might give the politician political cover to say something silly such as: I have received over 100 calls, so today I voted for the average person's interests and against big money. I hope our voices helped them vote their conscience.