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August 17, 2009

This One Is Short, But Shocking

Media Alerts: Downsize DC President Jim Babka is scheduled to do a talk-radio interview this afternoon (Monday), and another tentatively (likely) tomorrow (Tuesday). Details for those interviews will be posted on the DownsizeDC.org blog.

Quote of the Day: “Democrats are using smoke and mirrors to hide the impact of their health plans. Existing estimates, therefore, reflect only a fraction of the total cost.” — Michael F. Cannon of the Cato Institute, writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constition

Subject: The politicians aren’t telling you about all the costs

The politicians are lying to you about the true costs of their massive health care plan.

In fact, they’re lying to you in several ways, using fraudulent accounting tricks and sleights of hand.

We’ll be exposing their tricks this week. Here’s the first one . . .

The Big Government health care bill delays the full implementation of the overall scheme until after the 10-year period evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office. This allows those who favor the bill to claim it will cost “only” $1.2 trillion, when in fact it will cost at least 50% more than that once the whole thing is in place.

If the public is going to accurately debate the cost of this program, and decide whether it’s worth it, then they ought to know what the cost of the full program actually is. Congress should confess, and let the public know the true cost.

Please send Congress another letter opposing the Big Government health care bill.

This time use your personal comments to say something like the following . . .

“I know that the programs created by the big health care bill won’t be fully implemented until after the 10-year period evaluated by the Congressional Budget Office. I suspect this has been done to hide the true cost, which will probably be at least 50% higher than the $1.2 trillion reported by the CBO. Please undo this fraud by having the CBO report what the 10-year cost of the full program will be.”

After you’ve sent your letter to Congress please also alert others, and ask them to send a similar message to Congress using DownsizeDC.org’s Educate the Powerful System (sm).

To stay on pace to exceed the 50,802 messages Downsizers sent to Congress last month we must send 2,604 messages today.

Thank you for being a part of the growing Downsize DC Army. To see how fast YOUR ARMY is growing, please check out the Keeping Score Report below my signature.

Jim Babka
President
DownsizeDC.org, Inc.

KEEPING SCORE REPORT

Since our last report you’ve gained another 27 net new members to help work for what you want. That brings you to 3,510 net new members for the year. The Downsize DC Army now stands at 27,859 — nearly 86% of the way between 27,000 and 28,000!

YOU can make the army grow even faster by following our quick and easy instructions for personalized recruiting.

We can also grow faster by spreading the word through the media. Please help us do this by starting a monthly credit card pledge — it can be as low as $5 a month (which is just 17 cents per day). You can start your pledge using our secure online contribution form.

Please let us know if its okay to advertise your support here:

NEW MONTHLY PLEDGERS IN AUGUST: Gary J Leidy, David Bergland, Gary T Gorski, Don J Crites, 4 unlisted — (8 total) FROM JULY: Barbara Greenhouse, Henry Wood, Donald B. Fox, Mickey Adams, Mary E Sullivan, Raul A., Michael Jones, Alan Farrar, Emma Flores, Michael S Gerlica, John C Matthews, Cheston E Unnewehr, Val Grayson, Arlene Aquino, Susan Varey, Chris Sengenberger, John DiLiberto, 3 unlisted — 20 total.

Or, you could make a one-time donation. Please let us know on our secure contribution form if its okay to advertise your support here:

NEW ONE TIME DONORS IN AUGUST: Michael Bayback, Ann & Todd Secoy (in memory of Julia Bitner), James Marranca, Kay Samalin, David Hyatt, Douglas Steinschneider, Lily Riker, Nicholas C. Beason, Mr. Marlin, Edward J. Krieger, Lynnette Thompson, 7 unlisted — (18 total) FROM JULY: Robert Lonaberger, Lucy Cole, Donald E Forward, Steven J Lavelle, Karen Glasgow, Brian Keith, Susan Thomas, Chelsea Moller, Michael Herman, Bonnie Hofer, Anita Binns, Brian O’Neill, Richard E Camp, Travis Walston, Donald Grahn, Sonja Thompson, 16 unlisted — 32 total.

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