July 30, 2007
Victory plus urgency
By Perry Willis
Today's Downsizer Dispatch . . . Please share with concerned friends . . . Quote of the Day: "Simply having rules does not change the things that people want to do. You have to change incentives." -- Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia Subject: Victory plus urgent action needed We won another one. The provisions related to the National Animal Identification System were stripped out of the agriculture bill! See, pressure works! Better yet, President Bush says he will veto the agriculture bill because it does not cap subsidies for millionaire farmers. Finally, a good veto from the Decider! But we can't savor our victory for long. More votes are coming in Congress and we need to take urgent action. Congress is slated to vote tomorrow on its secret ethics bill. Because this bill is secret we don't know what's in it. (We need the "Read the Bills Act!") This ethics bill probably doesn't contain provisions that would regulate groups like, but it could. How would we know?! We've beaten these regulations several times now, and we can't afford to let down our guard now. Please send Congress a message opposing any regulation of grassroots groups that organize citizens to communicate with Congress. In your personal comments tell them you also oppose secret legislation that taxpayers can't see before it comes to a vote. You can send your message here. But that's not all. We need to do double duty today. Congress is about to recess, so they're voting on a lot of things very quickly. The Defense appropriations bill is back, just as we predicted. This means the amendments to restore habeas corpus and dismantle the military tribunals are also back in play. Please ask Congress to pass . . . * S. 576 to dismantle the military tribunals * S. 185 to restore habeas corpus You can send your message here. Please send messages on both of these issues. We'll be able to relax a little once Congress leaves, but for now, we have to keep our foot on the gas. Thank you for being a DC Downsizer. Jim Babka President, Inc.
Blog commenting is currently under construction. In the meantime, you can send an email if there's something you'd like to tell us.

What Can We Do For You?

We can help you downsize the federal government, if you want that. All you have to do is join. It's free! In return...

We'll give you an army.

We're recruiting a huge army of supporters to work for what you want.

We'll give you influence.

The Downsize DC Army will exert relentless, resistance-numbing pressure on Congress.

We'll make your voice heard.

We'll use our growing army to make your beliefs heard by everyone, everywhere, every day.

We'll give you winning strategies.

Ideas like our "Read the Bills Act" and the "One Subject at a Time Act" will give you the leverage to win the public debate, control Congress, and Downsize DC!

We'll give you powerful tools.

  • Your free membership includes a subscription to our free email newsletter, the Consent Chronicle, which national talk show host Jerry Hughes calls by far the best newsletter he receives.
  • You'll be able to use our Educate the Powerful SystemSM to pressure Congress. It's easy. All it takes is a few mouse clicks and keyboard strokes. You can do it in your bathrobe while you're drinking your morning coffee, or during a break at work.
  • You'll also gain access to our 16-page strategy document, "The Downsize DC Vision." You'll learn about important insights like "ignoring an axiom," and powerful strategies like "picking off the herd." One reader called this document "the unified field theory" of political change.

To gain these benefits, just enter your email address in the box below and hit Subscribe!

Subscribe to the Consent Chronicle
Enter your email address twice: