Hold them accountable!


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4ME&MYHOUSE
January 12, 2006, 03:42 PM
Not many posts here, but please bear with me.

I live in California, as you can probably guess by my presence on this forum I do not feel I am adequately represented by my state legislature.

Since they hold public office (we pay their mortgage) and they occupy offices, use equipment, travel etc. on our dime, shouldn't we have reasonable access to the day to day business that takes place there? As long as it does nopt compromise national security.

What I am getting at, is that I very often call in or write to my representatives and if anything at all I get a boilerplate response to my questions/concerns. Would it be unreasonable to have a mechanism to view real-time the number of phone calls or e-mails on a particular issue to track whether or not the elected official is doing thier constituents bidding, and representing our views? How do we know if for instance Feinstien is not getting flooded with e-mails to back-off on Alito for instance? Or letters and calls to back-off on the gun grabbing?

Thanks for "listening"

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ArmedBear
January 12, 2006, 03:55 PM
All information about our "representatives" should be completely open. No secrets.

They ostensibly work for us. We are their bosses. I'm not allowed to keep secrets about the work I'm paid to do from my boss, and neither is anyone else.

That said, I think that sending anything to Dianne Feinstein is about as useful as it would have been to send a nice letter to Hitler, asking him to lay off the Jews. She is a power-obsessed, evil person.

4ME&MYHOUSE
January 12, 2006, 04:00 PM
ArmedBear, I totally agree with your remarks. I am just thinking of ways to win by the rules of engagement THEY have in place.

Just trying to understand the scenery, and learn their rules. I know we can beat them, even at thier own game, because they are wrong. :D

ngray
January 12, 2006, 05:52 PM
Just get them to pass a law completely opening their offices for review. Shouldn't be a problem.

On a more serious note, it would be VERY interesting to see how certain districts' popular vote coincided with the representative vote. Citizens might be surprised what the variance is.

4ME&MYHOUSE
January 12, 2006, 06:01 PM
ngray, that is exactly waht I would like to see.

Anyone have any suggestions?

FRIENDLY
January 12, 2006, 07:05 PM
All they want from you is- vote for them, shut up and dont bother them with questions as they know what is good for you.I live in another country but the response is exactly the same.They consider and treat you like peasants.

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