Obama did not steal that contact your reps gimmick from us* because he also wants to be the first Google hit for the search string “skull+fuck+kitten”. He did it because it works. So do the man a favor and tell your elected whomever what you thought about the President’s speech. I would throw in that Obama’s plan is literally the least that we can do to address the problem, and if we really want to put a dent in nine-plus-percent unemployment then we should take more of that money that investors want to give us for free and build something really fucking big. Fix the electrical grid. Use your imagination.
Republican Reps and Senators need to hear from you more than anyone else. Call them first, and then phone your local Democrats and give some positive feedback.
Again, even though I have said this before, calling or writing matters more than most people think. Elected officials are expected to represent their constituents. Lacking psychic powers, they only know what you want because actual people tell them. That is what town halls are for. They keep staff on hand to read letters and answer the phones because hearing from you is a critical part of their job. When a Rep hears from nobody but hysterical FOX viewers screaming about the talking point crapola of the day, which is what happens most of the time, then those stupid talking points go way up on his or her priority list. That is how democracy works.
It would be great if we had enlightened Representatives who listened to some superawesome policy thinktank and gave people policies that make everything better whether constituents like it or not. That model even happens – more than you think! – but those thinktanks are run by evil people who produce shitty legislation that makes the country worse. The Center for American Progress, Paul Krugman and Al Gore will not team up and super-punch some sense into Obama, Olympia Snowe and whatever moderate Republicans the tea party has not yet bothered to clean out of the House. You need to do that.
Find your Congresscritter here.
Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
Guide for first-timers here.
(*) Also from FDL. More’s the pity.