Wednesday, October 19, 2005

reverse Robin Hood: 24 hours and counting

As early as tomorrow morning, the U.S. House of Representatives will consider a Republican amendment to the budget proposal that would slash funding for basic services like Medicaid, food stamps and student loans, while still giving away huge tax breaks for the very wealthy. Some people are calling the amendment a Reverse Robin Hood measure: taking from the poor to give to the rich.

Here's the email I wrote my Member of Congress (retiring under fire for alleged financial misconduct while in the Congress):

Mr. Cunningham, you have an opportunity to finish your term demonstating leadership on behalf of ALL your constituents, not just those for whom more than enough can never be nearly enough. We need you to step up publically and say enough IS enough, and be the defender of those who cannot defend themselves. We'll take care of the freeloaders and ne'er-do-wells. In the meantime, please don't punish our oldest and youngest and most vulnerable citizens in order to further comfort the wealthy and strong. Here is a chance to turn things around -- We need you NOW, Mr. Cunningham.

By 1:30 p.m. Pacific today, something over 54,000 citizens had written similar letters. You can write a short letter to your representative and deliver it online by going here.

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