Is anyone paying attention to the debt limit battle in Washington, DC? I watch my news feed on Facebook, Twitter, and the blogs but I don’t see much about the ongoing talks or the Cut Cap Balance Pledge. It makes me wonder if the grass roots believe November sealed the deal. “Now all we have to do is sit back and hope that those we sent to DC will just do the right thing.” That’s not how it works. Where are the activists, the bloggers, and the conservative organizations on this issue? The grass roots needs to get as loud as with Obamacare, because this is one the good guys can win.
The Cut Cap Balance Pledge has brought together more than 80 different conservative organizations. Some of them are actively promoting this pledge, but are they all hitting their email lists? Are they asking their members to use the social networks like Twitter and Facebook to share this with their friends? Are they pushing their members to ask the 72 Congressmen that signed the letter, but haven’t yet signed the pledge, “Why?”
Jim Demint has been seen on MSNBC talking about the importance of this pledge.
Rep. Dan Benishek, the guy from Michigan’s first district, who received an amazing amount of support from the online community is asking for everyone to get involved.
Benishek knows the power of the grassroots — he found himself running against Bart Stupak the day Stupak made the decision to cave on Obamacare. The then unknown candidate Benishek saw his Facebook page grow from under 200 fans on Sunday to over 20000 on Monday, and the donations rolled in over the next week to the tune of $250,000.
Why do these politicians think this Pledge is so important? I have a couple of guesses, but I believe that they know with the support of the American people behind them, they have a lot more power when their leader comes to them and says this is the best I could do. They can throw him back in the room and say sorry John, you just have to do better than that.
I just saw Speaker Boehner on Hannity say he supports Cut Cap Balance, but his signature is missing. Why don’t you call him or email him and ask “why?” While you are at it ask your own Representative and Senators the same thing… Then ask your friends & family and everyone else you can think of to do the same. If you go to the website and sign the pledge, the very next page takes you to phone numbers and email addresses of your elected officials. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
I am against raising the debt limit unless we get true reforms that will turn this ship around. Cut Cap Balance gets the job done. You can help by melting down the phone lines in DC and in your state and district. Let’s win this one for our kids and grandkids so they don’t get stuck with the bill.