Another gorgeous day outside, blue skies, trees blooming in all their bright colors! This alone can brighten a persons spirits. My cucumber plants are about 4 inches tall now and need replanting!
Here are the results of my phone calls today!
Yes, I keep handy a document with all my US Senators, US Representatives phone numbers and in addition the names and email address of all my State Senators and State House Representatives. If you're in Colorado and want my list, please ask! I make it a habit to share information!
With that said, my first phone call was to the White House! Yes, folks, I call them too! Since I had written to President Obama about a year ago through the comments section on the White House page (link) and hadn't received a reply, my question was "how DO I get a reply and a visit to the White House to meet with President Obama and VP Biden?". The reply was to write a letter, and send it via 'snail mail'. The address is: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20500. It is encouraged that you send your letter by express mail and mark it with the words "Urgent" and/or "Attention: President Obama". My letter will go out at the latest early next week.
From the Great State of Colorado, we have 2 US Senators and 7 Representatives in Washington DC who are supposed to be doing good work for their constituents. I called each and every one of them today. While calling each of these politicians, I realized that some of their staff members are VERY savvy, intelligent and on top of the issues. (you both know who you are and I thank you). Others couldn't give me more than "I'll pass your information/comments along", one took my email address.
I asked each office questions on what was going to be done with unemployment and what their individual politician was doing about it, I expressed my displeasure with my state politicians for defeating SB10-039, a job re-training scholarship program that I mentioned here on my blog just this week. Also, when speaking with each staff member I mentioned that the percentage rate of unemployment in my state is NOT correct. The way to get an actual percentage rate is to monitor those persons who have run out of unemployment benefits and are still unemployed. When that is done, the percentage rate of unemployment is actually HIGHER than advertised. Why can't anyone do a COMPLETE job in calculating this?
Even though during these conversations more may have been said, the comments as I logged them are NOT word for word but in a rough style that I could reference later.
What my Senators and Representatives think!
Again, my little comments are notations that I made from conversations with STAFF members and NOT from any conversation with each politician.
Michael Bennet - call (202) 224-5852 DC office
- unemployment YES
Mark Udall - 202-224-5941 DC office
- voicemail or press 1 for staff
- doesn't know stand on unemployment
- working wall street
- Diana DeGette - District 1 (202) 225-4431
- will get an email on her stand on unemployment
- Jarod Polis - District 2 (202) 225-2161
- will forward my comments on unemployment
- John Salazar - District 3 (202) 225-4761
- will send my comments to John
- Betsy Markey - District 4 (202) 225-4676
- trying to make jobs
- Doug Lamborn - District 5 (202) 225-4422
- will pass along my comments regarding unemployment and extensions
- Mike Coffman - District 6 (202) 225-7882
- credits for business, stop the spending, and give more to constituents
- Ed Perlmutter - District 7 (202) 225-2645
- intent of the leadership to do something about unemployment
So dear readers, make yourself heard too! Use this link for finding your US Senators, Representatives and Governors to make calls for your state.
What to do with Wall Street
It's my expressed opinion that Wall Street shouldn't have received ANY bailouts. They made this mess, they should have been told to buck up and make things right. Instead, they were given YOUR money and MINE, has anything really gotten any better? If you agree that they haven't, and if you use Twitter, use #bankshowdown and take some time to read. THEY still OWE US money! Perhaps they should have been allowed to fold, then have the crumbs swept under the rug (so to speak).
If you are angered by Wall Street, use the following links to obtain their addresses and phone numbers to call and write to them!
For JPM Chase: Chase CEO emails - found at http://consumerist.com/2008/05/contact-information-for-chase-ceos.html
For Wells Fargo: John.G.Stumpf@wellsfargo.com and executives http://consumerist.com/2008/09/contact-info-for-wells-fargo-ceo-john-stumpf-and-friends.html
For Bank of America: BoA CEOs http://consumerist.com/2010/04/reach-bank-of-americas-ceo.html
For Citibank: Vikram.Pandit@citi.com
Now it's time for me to get on with other things on my list .....
Comments are welcome!
And as always:
STAND UP AND BE HEARD!