Hmmm maybe Joe should revisit his statements on tax increases from December of 2009.
My rant for the week.
I was on vacation last week with my family and one person, reading an old fashioned paper, asked me what I thought about Obama wanting to talk to students heading back to school. I responded that I think it is perfectly appropriate for the president of the United States to address our nations schools and that the students should watch the address.
Being on vacation I was disconnected with the “party line” and didn’t know that republicans should be against such things (unless Bush or Reagan do it).
Enter the problem with our great country.
And anyone who doesn’t go along with the “party line” is pandering and moderate.
Pat Toomey remarked about the speech,
“U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey called President Obama’s speech today to school children in Arlington, Virginia “an inspiring and moving speech for students across America.”
“Education is the cornerstone of our country’s future,” Mr. Toomey said, “and it is important that we relay that message to our young students. The President’s emphasis on responsibility and the personal stories about his own education are exactly the kind of inspiring messages our children need to hear from our country’s leaders.”
The reporters response (being parroted far and wide),
Toomey has veered hard to the middle since forcing Specter into the Democratic Party, first by endorsing Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination, now with this.
Finally we have a conservative candidate who has been begrudgingly accepted by the GOP handlers in PA. But whenever he speaks his mind and cuts through the systems hypocrisy with some good old fashioned common sense he is trounced for being a moderate and “pandering”.
Bully for you Pat! Keep on speaking your mind and using some common sense.
In 2008 “A record-breaking 46% of Americans have used the internet, email or cell phone text messaging to get news about the campaign,” this according to Pew Research study. With so many Citizens using the internet to talk to each other and get news, shouldn’t our elected officials be communicating with us using email?
I made the rounds of my elected official’s websites to see how well they were communicating with “we the people”
President George Bush (R)
Pros: Confirmation page and confirmation email. (only site to have double opt in).
Cons: No front page opt in so hard to find out where to subscribe, double opt in message flagged as spam.
President-elect Barack Obama (D)
Pros: Opt in box on the front page, only requires my email and zip code, confirmation page (with ability to invite friends) and confirmation email.
Senator Arlen Specter (R)
Pros: The opt in box is on the front page and he has a list of past newsletters.
Cons: Requires both first and last name, no confirmation email
Senator Bob Casey (D)
Pros: Opt in box on front page, also has an action center with a petition where you can submit your email address.
Cons: Unfortunately the system was down and I got an error when I hit submit (otherwise he would have ranked on top of the list. Requires first and last names.
Congressman Joe Pitts (R) 16th district
Pros: Opt in box on home page
Cons: Triple opt in, once you hit submit an email is generated which you have to reply to with a command, after following the instructions I got a reply email saying my command wasn’t valid. Generated emails do not say who they are from.
Governor Ed Rendell (D)
Pros: Has opt in box on home page, only requires an email address.
Cons: No confirmation page or email confirmation that your submission has been processed. i.e. I don’t know if I’m signed up yet.
Senator Mike Brubaker (R) 36th district
Pros: Link from home page and sends a confirmation email.
Cons: No opt in on the front page, only a link. Requires first and last names, confirmation email flagged as spam by google mail.
Rep Scott Boyd (R) 43rd district
Pros: Link from home page (quick to respond to suggestion of having a monthly newsletter)
Cons: No opt in box on the front page. Required fields are: First name, last name, address, home phone, work phone, email, zip code, county, government priorities.
Visit your elected officials and see how good a job they do communicating wit you. Post results in the comments.
cross posted at TechRepublican.com