Local representatives: apologies expected

Oh, the AIG outrage! How could we have been so hoodwinked with these bonuses being paid out? Sounds like some people want blood for this, right?

Well, you don’t have to look far. Look right at your local representatives, that would be Markey, Polis, and Udall. If they went through the trouble to read what they sign they might have noticed this little gem hidden somewhere deep inside. But they or their staffers didn’t apparently, so they just blindly voted along anyway like good little rubber-stamping chimpanzees.

When asked about this, Jared Polis gave some smarmy response that, and I’m paraphrasing “yes, much of this was already looked at prior to vote, we knew for the most part what was in this.” Oh really? Did you know about these bonuses? If so, then your vote approved it, didn’t it? I haven’t heard Markey or Udall’s response to these bonuses or their blind votes; someone may need to wake them up.

Odd how silent many of their supporters are over this nationally and locally. All I’ve heard them complain about lately is lamenting over the signing of contracts (homes, credit cards, cars), not fulfilling them, and those darn consequences of breaking these contracts. Well, Congress just did you one better. They didn’t read these bills and budgets, signed them anyway, and we all pay the price for their (here it comes, these types favorite word) malfeasance!

Perhaps our local representatives, and their ilk who all voted for this fiasco should heed these words:

When you rush these budgets that are a foot high and nobody has any idea what’s in them and nobody’s read them. And it gets rushed through without any clear deliberation or debate, then these kinds of things happen.”

Who said that? Senator Barack Obama November 22, 2004

So go ahead, we’re waiting for your apologies. Better yet, your resignations.
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Had requests for the source of the above Obama quote, I’ll do it one better, here’s the YouTube with the actual audio:

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additional relevant quotes: Jared Polis said this was a “great bill”, and “There’s really no excuse for (members of Congress) not knowing what is in this bill.” During a question-and-answer session with the audience, Polis also addressed concerns that the package contains too much funding, or not enough. “Nobody knows,” Polis said, defending the act-sooner-rather-than-later approach. – from ColoradoDaily.Com
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“We will hunt you down!” thundered Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis during the AIG bonus demagogue-a-thon on the House floor Thursday (3/19/09)
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I Love A Parade


Our Vote! Longmont organization was in the August 2nd Boulder County Fair Parade. We also received a trophy for 2nd Place in the “Organizational” category! (8/5/08 Times-Call Pg A-3)

Was it the theme? The parade theme was “Back to our Roots”. As we passed the judges desk, the announcer introduced us: “Vote! Longmont encourages Longmont residents to register and vote in all elections, especially at the local level. VOTING IS THE ROOT OF DEMOCRACY. Be informed..get involved..VOTE! LONGMONT

Was it the music? We had a medley of songs playing, pumping out of my PA system. We started it off at a fairly low volume, but people kept yelling to turn it up. We HATE quiet parades. We were wedged between a couple trucks with big engines, so the high volume was a good counterbalance. We had people along the route dancing and singing along. At a couple points the PA system tripped a circuit breaker. Yep, it was loud.

Was it the mascot? We had our basset hound as our official Vote! LongmontAm-basset-doorbarking and howling out the passenger window.

Was it the float design? We had our banner on the front. We had our voting booth in the back. We had red, white, and blue “fringes” along the sides – considering the (supposedly) Lunatic, Disconnected, and Fanatical Fringe were there as part of our entry.

Was it the free stuff? The entire route, Brigette was handing out hundreds of pieces of candy (red/white/blue saltwater taffy), bookmarks (also known as “garbage” to Longmont Councilmember Sean McCoy), and election and registration information. She also gave these to the judges, couldn’t hurt. Keep in mind this was a hot day on blacktop.


A funny side note: in the staging area we were right next to the Boulder County Democratic Party entry (see picture of the Obama Boat). More than once we were confused as being the lead for their procession, by citizens, elected officials, and candidates alike. Everyone that came up to us were friendly, even after they figured out who we were, or weren’t. One in particular was U.S. Congressional candidate Jared Polis. We had a friendly chat, talked about his ads on our Vote! Longmont site, which he was aware of and thanked us for. He was also aware we probably wouldn’t be voting for him (most of Longmont isn’t in the district he’s running for).

So, it was a fun time, a nice surprise to actually win a trophy, and best of all, the organizers already called us hoping we’ll return next year!