November 19, 2007
Don't check out yet
By Perry Willis
Today's Downsizer Dispatch . . . Quote of the Day: "It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error."
-- Justice Robert H. Jackson, U. S. Supreme Court, "American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382, 442" (1950)
Subject: Don't check out for Thanksgiving quite yet We know everyone's thoughts and energies are turning toward Thanksgiving. Ours too. But please don't check out quite yet. Here's why . . . We had all but given up hope on the FISA fight. But now things are suddenly looking up. We'll tell you about it tomorrow, and there will be an URGENT ACTION ITEM. So . . . Please pay attention to tomorrow's Dispatch. Also . . . Please pay attention to next week's early Dispatches, even though you may have a turkey hangover. We'll be launching a new campaign. We've been putting off doing so in the hope that we would soon be launching our new website and Congressional Education System. But . . . The programming involved has been like chewing coconut. The more we've chewed the bigger it's grown. Leaping the hurdles thrown up by 535 different Congressional offices is quite an undertaking. We continue to think we're close but we can't tell for sure, so early next week we're finally going to launch the . . . One Subject at a Time Act! So be ready to bombard Congress. Finally, with the holidays upon us, our funding problems are going to become even more problematic. Please start a monthly credit card pledge of $5 or more, or make a one-time donation of $10 or more, and we'll send you a copy of "The Downsize DC Vision." Here's what people are saying about it . . .
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