Monday, February 23, 2009

I appreciate this

I got another political email today. This time no beanies, t-shirts, or other memorabilia were being hawked. This time, I was encouraged to take political action most Americans don't ever even consider.

Whether you voted for "change" in November or like me voted for the other guy, you have to appreciate this emphasis upon keeping Americans involved at least in some way in the process. How many of us even know who our Congressional representative is, much less have contacted him/her about current legislation?

So, despite the obvious political perspective present in the email, they're inviting me to stay involved in the process through my Congressional representative. Though it is clearly not advised here in the email, the invitation is implicitly open to contact Rep. Edwards to tell him what I think is wrong with the stimulus package if I so desired instead.

I appreciate that.


Organizing for America
Trey --

President Obama launched the most ambitious effort to stimulate the economy in our nation's history when he signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Tuesday.

Your representatives need to hear from you when they vote for the change you mandated in November. Doing what's right can be thankless when the culture of Washington tries to make political games out of the issues that matter to everyday Americans.

You're part of a powerful grassroots movement that can change that dynamic. According to our records, you live in Texas's 17th district.

Rep. Thomas Edwards's vote was crucial to passing the bill and creating and saving jobs in Texas.

Can you pick up the phone right now to thank Rep. Edwards?

Rep. Thomas Edwards
202-225-6105

Report your call.

Here are some suggested talking points for your call:

- I'm calling to thank [Congress member's name] for supporting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- I'll be watching closely online and in the news how taxpayers' money is spent in the implementation of this Act.
- I encourage [Congress member's name] to continue working with President Obama to lift America out of this economic crisis.

After your call, please record your feedback here:

http://my.barackobama.com/stimulusthanks

We still have a long way to go, but working together we were able to take this important first step.

With the plan in place, more than 2 million people will be lifted out of poverty, 20 million at risk of losing their health care will be protected, and 3.5 million jobs will be created or saved.

There will be plenty more ways for you to contribute in the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

P.S. -- If you don't live in TX-17 or think you have a different member of Congress to thank, you can input your address here and find out whether your Representative and Senators voted in favor of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:

http://my.barackobama.com/recoveryvote

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