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  •  Welcome, sir. I would be interested in hearing... (4.00)
    ...what you think we can do, individually and as a community, to ensure that the piratization scheme dies an early and final death.

    There are a wide range of skills, networks, contacts, etc., represented on dKos, and some folks who are flat out unsurpassed when it comes to research. A lot of them are already very active on the SS issue in one manner or another.  

    I think it would be helpful - for us and for you - to join forces and make sure we are all going down the same road.

    •  Start by contacting your Representative (4.00)
      All the Dem Senators are on board except Ben Nelson and Kent Conrad.  Call them if thry are yours.

      Next, contact your representative through the web and ask their position.  Explain that you don't back Bush's phase-out scheme and want your Rep to oppose it.  

      If you have a Republican representative (or a wavering Dem; check Josh Marshall's data base), tell him/her that you will be supporting his/her opposent in the next election if they vote for Bush's phase-out program.  Tell them you want the Gov't instead to focus on reducing the deficit by fairly spreading the tax burden so that the wealthy pay their fair share.  Tell them you think it is obscene to be talking about eliminating the estate tax on wealthy multi-millionaires and multi-billionaires while in the next breath they are talking about cutting retirement benefits for ordinary folks by 25% to 40%.  Tell them you understand the game and you just do not support it.  

      If you're going in the wrong direction and you stay the course, where, exactly, do you wind up?

      by Mimikatz on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 10:01:36 AM PST

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      •  Louise Slaughter is my rep (none)
        with Schumer and Hillary in the Senate, so no problems there, although HC may need a little work now and then.

        I'm looking more for suggestions from Jim McDermott as to how the online community can serve as a resource for progressive office holders when they need input, or some fairly deep resaerch within a short time frame, or perhaps as a rapid response mechanism.  We have seen the incredible power of the online community demonstrated vividly a number of times recently, and what I am asking is how we can harness and channel that power to help those national, state, and local office holders who need and deserve it.

    •  What can I do now (4.00)
      Wayward Wind,  My thinking in getting into blogging was that there are lots of 15-40s who won't go near a political meeting and don't read the NYT and Wash Post but somehow I want to reach them where they live on the Net.. But I leave to your creativity to figure how to use the Net to organize  the spread of the info to your friends and maybe , just maybe get the word into Congressional Offices That young people are not getting taken by the Propaganda from the White House .  good luck in being creative  jim
      •  Jim McDermott (none)
        Thank you for joining us here.

        I think it is important for you and your colleagues to know that a lot of us have for the most part stopped reading the NYTimes and The WashingtonPost -- the Liberal media is dead (if it ever was a reality).

        There is so little difference between those two and Washington Times that it just about makes you cry.

        Getting your news on the web instead - opens your options - you can read the same snippet of news from 10-20-30 different angles - making your knowledge on any subject more complete.

        SpongeBush SquarePants: SpongeBush lives in a bubble in D.C./absorbent and shallow and porous is he! - - Maureen Dowd

        by sara seattle on Fri Mar 04, 2005 at 07:07:14 PM PST

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