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I decided to write Congressman Schweikert (R-AZ-05) about the debt ceiling crisis despite the inevitable frustration that will result.  I basically asked him not to shoot the hostage and I did it in the most harsh way a polite letter can.  This is because he has voted a straight wingnut record since he was voted into office.  The only reason I even sent it is that perhaps being counted as being related to someone in his necessary demographic (my mom lives in the same CD) maybe constituents missing Social Security checks plus his background in predatory finance may convince him that a default isn't in his best interest.  The letter after the jump.

Representative Schweikert,

I know any talk of backing off of the current negotiating position on the debt ceiling is going to be met with a condescending lecture about how tying up passage of a one sentence bill needs for something that certainly can't happen by Aug. 2 is being done for some altruistic reason or how this debt ceiling increase is somehow worse than 13 increases under President Reagan.  

I also know that you can't possibly give me any answer to my satisfaction because your negotiating stance requires a poker face.

However, you should be made aware that my 70 year old mother probably voted for you (I didn't really ask because she would have felt bad) despite my protestations and my entreaties that she vote for Congressman Mitchell.  Therefore, I ask that you not think of my student loans (which aren't much and don't matter to you since I'm in a demographic that would under no circumstances vote for you) but think of one of your voters being denied her Social Security check when you make your Aug. 1 voting plans.  So even though you can't possibly tell me that you are voting for the inevitable clean bill on Aug. 1 at 11:00 PM, I hope that you do just the same.

[Full name and address which is on file from a message I wrote for Congressman Mitchell]

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry Mr. Siemaszko, I really shouldn't confuse the good Young Guns with the crappy one.

    by AZphilosopher on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 01:31:35 AM PDT

  •  CNN just reported that after (2+ / 0-)
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    AZphilosopher, bkamr

    President Obama asked people to write their Congress critters on both sides of the aisle, many of their websites went down due to heavy traffic.  I take that as good news that people are paying attention.  Let us know if Schweikert responds.

  •  I'm calling Quayle today. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm thinking of putting up a Baja Action diary- this is our time to shine.

    Make sure you tell everyone to call/write. Even if they may not agree fully.

    Participation is key.

    "Look at this; I'm a coward too; You don't need to hide, my friend; For I'm just like you" - Monster/Sprite (Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites - Skrillex)

    by AZ Independent on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 08:04:34 AM PDT

  •  Here's what (1+ / 0-)
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    Schweikert thinks of your comments (from WAPO this morning)

    A spokeswoman for Rep. David Schweikert said that the level of phone calls received at the Arizona Republican’s office was “comparable to that during the ‘continuing resolution’ debate of several months ago.”

    “Most of the calls we are receiving are organic, positive, ‘hold the line’ calls,” said Rachel Semmel, Schweikert’s spokeswoman. She added that “the calls requesting Rep. Schweikert to sign on to the Reid, Obama plan all seem to be very scripted and Astroturf-like.”

    Schweikert IS my Rep..I have been trying to call since last night...and I plan to ask for RACHEL by name so that I can respond personally.

    "At some point in the last 20 years, the left moved to the center, and the right moved into a mental institution." - Bill Maher

    by AZ RedWingsFan on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 10:29:41 AM PDT

    •  That's why I thought spleen venting (0+ / 0-)

      was the way to go in the most polite way possible.  It's very clearly not a form letter.  If he wants to ignore it, #$% him.

      I'm sorry Mr. Siemaszko, I really shouldn't confuse the good Young Guns with the crappy one.

      by AZphilosopher on Tue Jul 26, 2011 at 02:17:01 PM PDT

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