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I would not normally try to piggyback onto a very successful diary, and judging by the amount of recs bobswern's diary on Taibbi's Rolling Stone article got, it was very successful indeed, but I came to it late and a comment tacked on the end of a diary that has probably already been read by the majority of interested people will get little attention.
The comments in the thread below express universal outrage, and a lot of questions about the current political and economic systems in place. I did not see anyone comment on concrete actions that could be taken, and granted there are few, outside of the torches and pitchfork route that would be both futile and dangerous.

I suspect that most of us here have very little faith that our Congress represents us in any meaningful way. Granted our government is severely dysfunctional, but letting your senators and reps know that you are aware of the situation removes at least part of their fig leaf. They count on us to be either ignorant or dispirited and cynical. If you express a sense of outrage, you at least let them know you are out there and you are paying attention. It would be especially useful if you have representatives on the House or Senate Banking Committees. Those people are (Republicans in italics):
Senate (for 112th Congress. If you know of changes feel free to add them in comments)
Tim Johnson, South Dakota, Chairman; Jack Reed, Rhode Island; Chuck Schumer, New York; Bob Menendez, New Jersey; Daniel Akaka, Hawaii; Sherrod Brown, Ohio; Jon Tester, Montana; Herb Kohl, Wisconsin; Mark Warner, Virginia; Jeff Merkley, Oregon; Kay Hagan, North Carolina; Michael Bennet, Colorado; Richard Shelby, Alabama, Ranking Member; Mike Crapo, Idaho; Bob Corker, Tennessee; Jim DeMint, South Carolina; David  Vitter, Louisiana; Mike Johanns, Nebraska; Pat Toomey, Pennsylvania; Mark Kirk, Illinois; Jerry Moran, Kansas; Roger Wicker, Mississippi

House (ditto)
Jeb Hensarling, Texas, Chairman; Spencer Bachus, Alabama, Chairman Emeritus; Peter T. King, New York; Ed Royce, California; Frank Lucas, Oklahoma; Ron Paul, Texas; Donald A. Manzullo, Illinois; Walter B. Jones, North Carolina; Judy Biggert, Illinois
Gary Miller, California; Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia; Scott Garrett, New Jersey
Randy Neugebauer, Texas; Patrick McHenry, North Carolina; John Campbell, California; Michele Bachmann, Minnesota; Thaddeus McCotter, Michigan; Kevin McCarthy, California; Steve Pearce, New Mexico; Bill Posey, Florida; Mike Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania
Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia; Blaine Luetkemeyer, Missouri; Bill Huizenga, Michigan;; Sean Duffy, Wisconsin; Nan Hayworth, New York; Jim Renacci, Ohio; Robert Hurt, Virginia; Robert Dold, Illinois; David Schweikert, Arizona; Michael Grimm, New York;; Quico Canseco, Texas; Steve Stivers, Ohio; Stephen Fincher, Tennessee; Frank Guinta, New Hampshire
Maxine Waters, California, Ranking Member; Carolyn B. Maloney, New York; Luis Gutierrez, Illinois; Nydia Velázquez, New York; Mel Watt, North Carolina; Gary Ackerman, New York; Brad Sherman, California; Gregory W. Meeks, New York
Michael Capuano, Massachusetts; Ruben Hinojosa, Texas; William Clay, Jr., Missouri; Carolyn McCarthy, New York; Joe Baca, California; Stephen Lynch, Massachusetts; Brad; Miller, North Carolina; David Scott, Georgia; Al Green, Texas; Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri; Gwen Moore, Wisconsin; Keith Ellison, Minnesota; Ed Perlmutter, Colorado; Joe Donnelly, Indiana; André Carson, Indiana; Jim Himes, Connecticut; Gary Peters, Michigan; John Carney, Delaware

Even if your representatives are not on the list, it would probably help to send them a stiff letter anyway. First read the diary if you haven't already, then read the article, then pick out a quote that speaks to either you or what you think might be most effective to the staffers of the person you're writing to. Maybe your representative doesn't read Rolling Stone, or they think that no one else of any import does. It's up to you to let them know you're watching. Being cynical or being outraged in private will do no good at all.

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  •  I'll check in here occasionally (2+ / 0-)
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    BlackSheep1, Sandino

    but it's time to fix dinner over in this part of the world. I did write to my congressman and one senator. The other will require a long distance phone call tomorrow. He's new and a Teahadist and doesn't have e-mail.

    "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

    by northsylvania on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:19:46 AM PST

  •  Great idea! (5+ / 0-)

    Great diary.  Let's rec up these suggestions.

    IMO, there's one way to get at the truth and fix the problems - full and fair hearings, followed by a Congressional task force to work with the WH to unwind this mess and put it to bed.

    I have a feeling we're more likely to see something constructive take place now that Elizabeth Warren is on the Senate Banking Committee.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:22:55 AM PST

  •  I'm going to add a link to this in my post... (9+ / 0-)

    ...and I want to thank you for providing an excellent way of providing response for what is--and this is a major understatement, of course--a very much needed public safety valve on a set of issues that are only going to get more magnified as we proceed into the ongoing discussions regarding proposed cuts to social safety-net programs and the slightly-deferred fiscal cliff resolution.

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 09:35:53 AM PST

  •  Cornyn, Cruz, Neugebauer. I could BURY EM (1+ / 0-)
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    northsylvania

    in letters, faxes, emails, phone calls, and I'd still get nowhere.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:30:23 AM PST

    •  Depends on how you put it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Cornyn is an old school corporatist (so is probably hopeless but worth putting two fingers up his nose), Cruz is a Teabagger and if you consider that they are a form of populist, you can spin the letter to appeal to that kind of person. He is a newbie, elected by no-nothing rock and rollers and has to pay lip service to his base. Kay Granger (R- Fort Worth) faithfully sends me her crazy newsletter every month. I just copy her language with whatever cause that I think is important and send it. She has sent me back personal e-mails telling me why she doesn't agree with my position, but at least she knows I'm there raising a stink.

      "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

      by northsylvania on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:28:10 PM PST

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      •  Cruz is a Canadian Carpetbagger (2+ / 0-)
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        aliasalias, northsylvania

        and Cornyn ... OMG, the lack of intellect in that ... creature ... is stunning. Seriously, just absolutely breathtaking. Neugebauer's a T-Bag star in his own right, and his "roundup" thuds into my inbox with sickening regularity.

        But I live in Texas and the national Democratic organizations wrote us off a generation ago, so -- as are you with Granger -- we're stuck.

        Don't tell me I haven't worked hard enough. I busted it to get Bill White into the Austin chair, only to have Li'l Ricky pull off a three-peat. Dammit.

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

        by BlackSheep1 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:57:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •   Call, write, visit..... (2+ / 0-)
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    northsylvania, aliasalias

    There surely must be some score cards kept by our reps, for those of us calling and writing, that lets them know someone willing to speak out is probably speaking for many who do not.

    Granted our government is severely dysfunctional, but letting your senators and reps know that you are aware of the situation removes at least part of their fig leaf. They count on us to be either ignorant or dispirited and cynical.
    If you express a sense of outrage, you at least let them know you are out there and you are paying attention.

    "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand?" David Crosby

    by allenjo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 02:19:25 PM PST

  •  Is anyone else upset that email (2+ / 0-)
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    jbob, northsylvania

    capability on diaries has gone by the wayside?  I used to e-mail diaries like this to all of my friends, many of whom don't have the time to devote to finding info on causes such as this.   I realize I can still copy & paste the link but direct email was really convenient.

    Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

    by Ellen Columbo on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 04:12:22 PM PST

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