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Nancy Pelosi has begun a discharge petition to bring extending the middle-class tax cut to a vote. That leaves a question for the men on Daily Kos:

Are you going to let a woman
fight the fight for you?

She's leading us, but it's our fight. What can we do? Each of us can choose a Republican congressman and pressure him. If you live in a district where the elected Rep is a Republican, the choice is made for you. If you -- like me -- live in a blue district, then look for the closest Republican or the most likely to be persuaded who is close.

Then turn up the heat.

Does he hold a town hall? Go there, ask him if he'll support the petition. That vote would keep the rates down for families making less than $1/4 million. It would save those making more than that amount $8,000 a year. Come prepared with multiple copies of fact sheets to pass out to the crowd.

Write LTEs to papers in his district or papers which circulate in his district.

Many small-town papers have blogs. One advantage of blogs over LTEs is that you generally have to put your city in a LTE sig. You can sign onto most blogs via FaceBook. Post questions and comments on the blog regarding the congressman's refusal (assuming he doesn't sign) to have a vote on this issue.

Maybe he won't sign. Maybe he's more committed to Republican leadership, the Tea Party, or The Club For Slow Growth than to his constituents. Fine ( well, not really fine, but ...) Even so, raise the issue so that people ask what he finds wrong with extending the middle-class tax cut.

Remember that, the more pressure that each one feels locally:
1) the more cover that he has with Boehner if he signs,
2) the more dissatisfaction his electorate feels if he doesn't,
3) the more pressure others feel -- "You're asking me to walk the plank on this one, but Johnson is close to caving. It'll pass, and I'll be blamed for opposing it."
4) the more work reactionary groups have to do to counteract you.

It would be well, of course, to make sure that local Democratic congressmen have signed up. (Before the new congress begins, and we hope this is settled before then, newly elected congressmen don't have any more right to sign than you and I do.) It would be wiser, though, to gently ask those who haven't before you put on any pressure. Their leadership wants them to sign.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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  •  A question: (9+ / 0-)
    Are you going to let a woman fight the fight for you?
    What does her being a woman have to do with it?
  •  So does this mean I can't call? (eom) (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bill W, raincrow, cassandracarolina

    You can't win with Citizen's United if you have UNITED CITIZENS!!! ~ Liz Mikkelsen

    by Barbie02360 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:39:49 AM PST

  •  This is a really excellent diary (5+ / 0-)

    that is seriously marred by the retrograde reference to Pelosi. Sure it was tongue-in-cheek, but it's not funny. I would think that young people would just scratch their heads.

  •  It's her job to fight for all of us. (4+ / 0-)

    I wouldn't want to take someone's job away just because they are a woman.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:48:43 AM PST

  •  My letter to my uber conservative Rep Hastings (2+ / 0-)
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    bartcopfan, cassandracarolina

    Dear Congressman Hastings,

    I urge you to vote in favor of an economic package  similar to what the Senate already passed in July 2012 that is designed to avoid the "fiscal cliff".

    Specifically, I support the following measures:

    *Extend the Bush-era tax cuts, except for those making more than $250,000/year.  The wealthy should NOT have their taxes go up on the first $250,000, but I believe should be taxed at 50% for amounts larger than that.  A tax plan that extends cuts for All americans within the fvirst $250,000 but only taxes the amounts above that at 35%, is extremely fair.  Before the Reagan administration, those amounts were near 70%,

    * Close deductions for mortgage interest on second homes and first homes valued at less than 500K or so, but not on anyone else.

    * Take Obama's offer on spending cuts, which includes $400 million in cuts to Medicare and associated programs that are exempt from the 2011Budget Control Act, but also requires spending cuts in the Military.

    Sir, your party is not mine of choice, but my grandfather was a fiscally-conservative and socially progressive republican  - not unlike recent gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.  He witnessed the Bush-Era economic policies and said it made him ashamed to be a Republican.  If you want your party to survive and remain relevant, you might encourage them to avoid, as a whole, extreme and non-cooperative positions.  Based on your constituency, I understand your more conservative positions, but if your party as a whole does not keep pace with the shifting values of America, you will find yourselves with no power to achieve much of anything for your base.

    I suppose you guys could take us off the cliff and see if you can blame Obama or the democrats for it, but like the most-recent polls, your odds aren't looking that good.  Maybe in this district, you'll be fine, but these continued games being played by some of your compatriots there in DC are poor optics, at the least, and dismal long-term strategy for your party's brand.


    4democracy ;)

    Howard Dean will always be my president.

    by 4democracy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 08:56:13 AM PST

  •  sigh... (5+ / 0-)

    I appreciate your activism, but felt really sad and disappointed to see that same old gender biased language.  It's not funny to me, as a woman.  Not funny at all.

    People should be focusing their eyes a little bit north of Nancy's skirts.  

    "I'm up here." she says, waving her hands to redirect his southward gaze.


  •  This isn't a "zero-sum" game (4+ / 0-)

    If a woman succeeds - as many do - it doesn't mean that a male angel has his wings ripped off.

    Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

    by cassandracarolina on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:45:21 AM PST

    •  A stab at humor that fell flat... (0+ / 0-)

      But it did grab attention to the battle being waged....

      "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

      by DeathDlr73 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 09:52:06 AM PST

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      •  No. It has only one rec. So it isn't getting (0+ / 0-)

        the attention it deserves.

        This is a great action diary.

        But the not-funny-for about a decade-now sexist framing mars it's message.

        I voted for the human beings.

        by denig on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:01:19 AM PST

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    •  I didn't know angels had sex (0+ / 0-)

      Somewhere in my intermittent & desultory Sunday School education, I got the idea angels didn't have the necessary, er, equipment to be boys or girls. It was a distraction that holy creatures didn't need.

      But from what I've seen in the media about popular conceptions of angels, they come in so many different forms, shapes, & types that I wouldn't be surprised if there are LGBT & BDSM angels, if there is a just & loving God. If not, there ought to be.

  •  I suggest deleting and/or rewriting this diary. (1+ / 0-)
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    Find another hook besides the sexist framing.

    You are mangling an otherwise excellent action diary. Really.

    I voted for the human beings.

    by denig on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:03:09 AM PST

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