Loreal or Lady Clairol?

August 18, 2009

How out of touch is this guy? Our beloved Senator from the 50th State, Daniel K. Inouye is quoted in the paper this morning while speaking to the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Kona, that Americans need to spend more, adding, “People may think saving their money is the best financial bet, but, the senator said, “the money saved may cost workers their jobs” -unless they’re in the Union (my annotation, hee-hee). And as an aside by the way, he said:

“It may please you or it may not please you, I’m the No. 1 earmarks guy in the U.S. Congress.”

Uh, hello . . . isn’t that kind of thinking responsible for how we got in this mess to begin with? Definitely it is, and I think it’s about time, no make that way overdue for him to retire. And not just because he’s 85 years old and been in Congress for 47 years!

Loreal or Lady Clairol?

Loreal or Lady Clairol?

Here are some of his recent and past votes in Congress:

  • Voted YES for original Stimulus Package under Bush
  • Voted YES for all Bailouts so far
  • Voted YES for extending funding for the Cash for Clunkers program
  • Voted YES for the 2009 Economic Spending bill
  • Voted YES for the 2nd Economic Spending bill
  • Voted NO requiring reinforced border fencing
  • Voted YES in confirming Timothy ‘the tax cheat’ Geithner as Treasury Secretary
  • Is all over in favor of huge government health-care take over

Is the kind of behavior your own family or a small business displays in these tough times when so many are broke or out of work or furloughed or cut back in hours? Of course not! It’s time more of us and especially our elected officials started to live within our means. IF THERE WAS EVER A CASE FOR TERM LIMITS – HE IS IT!

That’s it for now!
Aloha, “Mikie”
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Hold Their Feet To The Heat

August 13, 2009

Someone was complaining the other day they’d written to their Congressional people but when they finally heard back the reply was just a lot of words saying nothing. Another response they said, had absolutely nothing to do with the issues they’d written about.

“What’s the point in contacting them and writing letters and emailing them? Have you ever tried calling them? They are never available, and their staffs are either totally clueless or downright rude! I doubt my concerns are even passed on.”

How about when they ask you if you are from the Senator’s district? Sometimes I am, but if not I tell them, “No I am not, but every single vote or issue they weigh in on impacts me and every other American, so I want them to know how their vote affects me.”

Make 'em feel the heat!

Make 'em feel the heat!

But bottom line is this:  It’s our job to HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE. The more letters, calls, faxes and emails they get, sooner or later they have to pay attention or direct staff to respond and it takes time and maybe, just maybe something will get through. The easiest way to keep the heat on is to utilize some of the many websites that track issues, condense down what they mean and then fairly easily allow you to contact your specific representatives, sign petitions or send emails or faxes right from their websites.

Here are a few that I use for this purpose:

govtrack.us  Go here to track specific bills. A search box in the upper right corner calls for a bill number. Plug it in and away you go. If you don’t know the House or Senate bill number you can go to the “Search & Browse” legislation button which allows for a keyword search. And there’s a really  cool, “Find a Representative or Senator” feature and all you need is a zip code.

GrassFire.org is another great website with “Take Action” tabs which give you names of who voted which way and direct phone and/or fax numbers so you can hold their feet to the heat!

NCPA.org National Center for Policy Analysis – sound stuffy but is chock full of informative from a non-partisan perspective. Their goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control.

These are just a few of many useful and informative sites to assist you in wading through the muck. It’s past time to get involved and this will make it easier!

That’s my Tip of the Day!
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Aloha, “Mikie”
email:  Mike@MikeSells.com
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