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The Dems’ money pitch II

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Nancy Pelosi tried to get my money last year. Now, Howard Dean wants to slip his fingers into my wallet. She didn’t get any, and the Screamer won’t either.

Last year, House minority leader Pelosi sent me the “2005 Democratic Agenda Survey” on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. (Earlier post.) Today, not one but two copies of Gov. Dean’s “2006 Grassroots Survey of Democratic Leaders” arrived in my mailbox. One used my first and last name; the other added my middle initial.

I suppose I should be flattered. The Screamer and his crack staff apparently believe that I (“You have been selected to represent St. Bonas, NY”) am a “Democratic Leader.” I think they’ve been buying the wrong mailing lists, because today’s poor excuse for a political party masquerading as the Democratic Party isn’t one I’d try to sell door to door.

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

January 20, 2006 at 1:27 pm

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What does my congressman stand for?

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The National Political Awareness Test, an undertaking of Project Vote-Smart, asks one fundamental question of national candidates: “Are you willing to demonstrate a good faith effort to provide voters with your inclinations on the issues you will most likely face on the citizen’s behalf?”

My freshman District 29 (N.Y.) representative in Congress, Republican John R. “Randy” Kuhl (a member of the 2004 class), did not submit a response to the NPAT, according to Project Vote-Smart. (See the 2004 congressional NPAT.)

The 2004 NPAT sought Kuhl’s positions on abortion; budgetary, spending and tax issues; defense spending; campaign finance and government reform issues; crime, drug and education issues; employment and affirmative action issues; environment and energy issues; gun, health and immigration issues; international aid, international trade and policy issues; Social Security issues; technology and communication issues; and welfare and poverty issues. The NPAT also asked him to list, in 75 words, two or three legislative priorities.

I don’t know why Rep. Kuhl would wish to deny his constituents — the people who elected him — his understanding of and positions on these issues. After all, he or his staff has posted on his House web site statements about many of these issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

January 20, 2006 at 12:21 pm

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