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I am a resident of Texas, DFW area, and just called the local offices of my Congress members to weigh in on the budget debate. Heres what I said, and the results:

My message was essentially as follows:

Setting aside the political posturing, several things seem fairly obvious to me.

- We need to raise the debt ceiling, and we do not need to repeat this circus anytime soon.

- Every person with any professional or experiential knowledge on reducing the deficit is quite clear that it will require both cuts and revenues

- It seems very counter intuitive to drastically cut government spending when the economy is still struggling, and recent jobs reports show the greatest job losses in the public sector.

As I noted, I called their local offices.

Rep. Pete Session - got through immediately, no wait. Sandy was very pleasant and polite, took down my comments. I asked what kinds of responses they were getting - she said pretty much divided.

Sen. Hutchison - again, got through immediately. Staffer did not identify himself. Took my comments. I asked how responses were trending - he said definitely to the Republican side of Cut, Cap, Balance

Sen. Cornyn - local phone forwareded to DC office. Option to leave message led to "voice mail box full". Option to speak to staff led to offer to leave message and then I was disconnected.

Have you called your elected representatives? What did you say? What if any response did you get?

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