Beat your Reps like a Drum!


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Owen
July 10, 2008, 02:08 PM
I was listening to NPR this morning. The news segment was about the recent medicare kerfuffle.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92398785

Congress passed a bill that reduced payments to doctors by 10.6% There was a bit of an uproar, so efforts were made to remove the payment reduction. The first time around it failed, so the bill was rejiggered and the Senate prepared for another vote.

Now the important part.

In between the two votes, the American Medical Association ran ads in Texas. In those ads, they publicly withdrew their endorsement on John Cornyn. In the first vote Cornyn voted for the reduction. After the ads, and the public rebuke, Cornyn not only voted to remove the reduction, he's offering to write a bill to fix medicare issues well into the future.

It's interesting because I can't think of a time when, say, the NRA or any of the local gun-rights groups I have been involved in has publicly withdrawn its support from a Congress-Critter. Some of the local groups did withdraw support, but they sure as heck didn't run TV ads about it.

I think this an arrow for the quiver we all need to remember, especially with local and state level politicos as the area that would have to be covered with ads is very small.

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Big45
July 10, 2008, 02:09 PM
Um, what?

RoadkingLarry
July 15, 2008, 03:22 PM
Time to play hardball. I'm all for it where needed.

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