Friday, December 9, 2011

Piece of our mind...

Yesterday, as we stopped by the Library to drop a book, my wife noticed a tent sign indicating that our “Tea Party” Senator was holding office in Park City for a couple of hours. Without much hesitation, we went up the stairs to share what was on our mind with this elected official. We didn't find him in person, but his rep, Gary Beck, a retired attorney.

We began by thanking him for coming to us and proceeded on telling him how ticked-off we were at our government, which first and foremost is corrupt by design and asked that some meaningful step be taken to bring some true campaign finance reform. We then told him what we thought of the current GOP presidential candidates (all bad) and Obama (not nearly as dismal) and said that the quarreling that has become a fixture in Congress had to stop; we not paying these guys salaries for what we were getting...
We also told him the “tea party” didn't impress us at all and that independent-minded people like us who were fiscally responsive and socially liberal had no representation whatsoever. We told him we were wishing for an alternative to the current politicians we were offered and would gladly jump-ship if given that opportunity.

 We warned him that “Occupy Wall Street” would return with a vengeance in the spring and that the major political party better get their act together in responding to that tidal wave which in fact speaks to 99% of the disaffected Americans. We went on and told him that American people are like the children of quarreling, rambling parents, the couple at odds being both sides of the aisle in Congress, and we were ashamed of them and seriously questionning the affiliation we were supposed to have to them.

I even managed to share my idea about a truly "balanced" trade policy. We concluded by saying that “writing to your Senator” was in pure waste as the recipient never directly answered the question and that we were equally mad at that. I don't know what Mr. Beck will have retained of our short visit, but we have very low expectations about an outcome that is likely to “move the needle...”

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