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Rep. Kendrick Meek on accountability and Iraq…

Rep. Meek is asking for some help in making certain that your elected representatives know how you feel about Iraq.  It’s time to stand up and say “enough.”

“The American people are asking for our troops to come home. I think that should be the goal of the Congress – for our troops to come home. I think that there are some Members of Congress who feel that we should be there as long as we need to be there. I think that when you start looking at billions and billions of dollars that have been spent thus far on this war and then with the President just yesterday asking for an additional $50 billion dollars as though I was to ask you ‘let me borrow $50 dollars’ – I think that that’s the kind of attitude that has been allowed to take place here in Washington for far too long and we need to bring an end to it.”

Send a postcard or a FAX. Make some phone calls. Head out to a public event over the Labor Day weekend and make your voice heard with your elected representatives. Write a letter to the editor.  Call in a local talk radio show.  Do something — and do it now.  Re-read Scarecrow’s post from this morning, and think about the consequences of inaction for a moment.  We cannot afford to sit idly by — you must take a stand.  And it must be done today.

The You Work For Us Summer Tour needs to kick it up a notch…your country needs you.  Our soldiers and their families need you.  Lift up your voice and let it be heard — and let them know that they work for us and we expect them to listen.

Here are some toll free numbers to call the DC offices of folks on the Hill (H/T to katymine):

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

Also, calling local offices can be very effective.  And can also result in you finding out about public meetings in your area that the DC folks may not have information on at their fingertips.  Do something, please, and do it today.

PS — It is worth noting that the $50 billion request is in addition to a $147 billion request that was already on the table — for a grand total of close to $200 billion in additional funds request when considered together.  Which would then be added to the billions of dollars which have already been spent on Bush’s refusal to admit failed policies in Iraq.  There must be accountability for this mess, and it must start here. 

UPDATE:  In case you were wondering, when it comes to Blue America support, Howie has made something very clear today.  And I want to be certain you all see it:  Bush Dogs need not apply.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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