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LB in SF
Boy is our country fablunged! 
19th-Jan-2005 11:00 pm
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.... the fight has just begun!

All of my fanboy thanks to the courageous leader of our California colony, who dared to challenge the Cylons with the truth we all know, but which none of her colleagues had the guts to mention. This is my personal view, that your loyalty to the mission you were given to sell this war overwhelmed your respect for the truth. Boxer has my vote for Colonial President-in Exile, anytime.

I have to confess to doubts about the political effectiveness of Not one dam- dime day!, which a number of my friends are dutifully publicizing by sending out mailing flyers: "For 24 hours, nothing gets spent, not one damn dime, to remind our religious leaders and our politicians of their moral responsibility to end the war in Iraq and give America back to the people."

None of us needs to be told exactly how impressed Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Pat Buchanan, and James Dobson are going to be by this gesture. I'm also trying to envision (but not succeeding) Joe Pastor from Redstatesville somehow being given a set of sales statistics for the day -- and going into righteous shock. "Gee, I never realized how serious everyone is!" I'm not seeing the powerful mark that will be left by depriving a local coffeehouse waitperson of their daily tip, or failing to buy groceries from a favorite mom-and-pop grocery store. (Well, and to be honest, I bought a plane ticket to a science fiction convention, sometime back, and will be in an airplane for most of January 20th. I suppose I might honor "Not One Dam- Dime Day" by not spending any money at the airport or on the plane. Strike a blow against Northwest Airlines and hope they don't lose my luggage.)

But instead of not spending a single dime, it makes more sense to me to observe the day by:

a) spending three dimes plus seven cents to write a letter to my Senator urging opposition to the appointment of Alberto Gonzales as U.S. Attorney General. While we're at it, urge that they seriously question Condoleeza Rice's qualifications to be Secretary of State, since her confirmation has now been postponed until next week.

b) printing out a copy of Paul Krugman's analysis of the fake Social Security crisis or choosing an analysis with statistics and bar graphs by your economist of choice. (There's been a lot of good writing from Kevin Drum on the subject at Political Animal, more from Krugman in this Rolling Stone interview and some sharp point-counterpoint by Max Sawicky in the Wall Street journal.)

Take that printout, spend some more dimes to xerox it, and mail it the business section columnist and editor of your favorite Red State smalltown newspaper.

c) To not spend (or spend) money politically, see this table, which displays the largest contributors to both the Republican and Democratic parties. (Price Club/Costco=Good; Walmart/McDonald's=Bad)
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