February 13, 2009
Does being a DC Downsizer really matter?
By James Wilson

Media Alert: Jim Babka is scheduled to appear on Straight Talk w/ Jerry Hughes at 3:06 PM Eastern. Details are available at the blog. 

Quote of the Day: "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." -- Cornelius Tacitus (55-117 A.D.) Source: The Histories

Subject: Does being a DC Downsizer really matter?

I hear it all the time: "Sending messages to Congress won't work." My first reaction is, "compared to what?"

In truth, "public pressure" has a fine track record . . . 

  • How did segregation end? It ended because of public pressure.
  • Why did the Soviet Union collapse? In the end, it was because of public pressure.
  • Why did China move toward a free market economy? It was because of public pressure.

More to the point, Congress has voted the way we wanted 17 times since was founded. Being a DC Downsizer really does matter. We've updated our list of legislative victories and posted it on our blog.

Pressure works. What doesn't work is apathy. More importantly, public pressure will work even better once we have a large army to apply large pressure. We continue to make good progress in that direction . . .

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  • We've raised $446 so far this month and recruited 7 new pledgers

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Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army.

Jim Babka
President, Inc.

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