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There’s Good Advocacy, and then There’s…

… the opposition to S. 894, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2011. It’ll be the featured bill in the WashingtonWatch.com email newsletter this week, so a lot of people will be clicking through to read the comments. What will they see? One person—a logged-in user—who supports the bill says, “I hope this bill [...]

Communicate with Congress? Yes, You Can

You can get through to Congress, according to a report from the Congressional Management Foundation entitled: “Communicating with Congress: Perceptions of Citizen Advocacy on Capitol Hill.” One of the most important top lines: Citizens have more power than they realize. But you have to know how to exercise that power. According to the perceptions of [...]

Contract From America Wrap-Up

Over the past few weeks, we’ve reviewed each of the ten items in the Contract From America, a document put together with input from many people in the loosely affiliated groups that make up the Tea Party movement. Hopefully, this is helpful to Tea Partiers and non-Tea Partiers alike. For the former, it’s a deeper [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 7

This is the seventh in a series of posts on the Contract From America’s ten-point agenda. Read previous posts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. The seventh item in the “Contract From America” (including the level of support it received in a voting process) is: 7. Defund, Repeal, & Replace Government-run Health Care Defund, [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 6

This is the sixth in a series of posts on the Contract From America’s ten-point agenda. Read previous posts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. The sixth item in the “Contract From America” (including the level of support it received in a voting process) is: 6. End Runaway Government Spending Impose a statutory cap limiting [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 5

This is the fifth in a series of posts on the Contract From America’s ten-point agenda. Read previous posts here: 1, 2, 3, 4. The fifth item in the “Contract From America” (including the level of support it received in a voting process) is: 5. Restore Fiscal Responsibility & Constitutionally Limited Government in Washington Create [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 4

This is the fourth in a series of posts on the Contract From America’s ten-point agenda. Read the first one here, the second here, and the third here. The fourth item in the “Contract From America” (including the level of support it received in a voting process) is: 4. Enact Fundamental Tax Reform Adopt a [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 2

This is the second in a series of posts on the Contract From America. Read the first one—on Agenda Item 1—here. The second item on the “Contract From America” (including the level of support it received in a voting process) is: 2. Reject Cap & Trade Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise [...]

The Contract From America—Agenda Item 1

The Tea Party movement is a fascinating groundswell of activism among Americans who are concerned about the direction of their government. Because it’s a bottom-up movement, it’s got official Washington having fits. Nobody knows exactly what Tea Partiers want or how they will act in the next election. But Tea Partiers want something, and they’re [...]

Repeal! Repeal! Replace?

At least seven bills have been introduced to repeal the recently passed health care overhaul law. Check ‘em out! H.R. 4903, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act H.R. 4910, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and enact the Empowering Patients First Act in order to provide incentives to encourage [...]