Tomorrow, President Bush will address the Congress and the nation on the state of the union.
The president’s rhetoric will embrace everyone. But we fear that the policies that will flow out of the Capitol as a result of his speech, and more importantly as a result of how Congress is constituted, will leave many Americans out, especially those who can’t afford to write a $1000 check or hire a lobbyist.
That’s why today, we’ve sent every member of Congress a copy of our new “State of the Union: Congress Meets Wall Street” poster, along with a letter reading, in part:
“It’s time for you to decide: Should public policy be bought and sold like commodities in the stock market? Should a tiny elite, insulated from the everyday needs of average Americans, be able to buy politicians and obtain special treatment? Or should we offer candidates who refuse special-interest donations a source of "clean" public money?”
You, dear OUCH! subscriber, can help spread this message in a number of ways.
One, quite simply, is to tell your friends and associates about it, and suggest they go to www.publicampaign.org/stateoftheunion to check it out.
A second way, if you want to have some fun, is to send folks the following humorous message:
Message title: UNCENSORED PHOTO OF BUSH GIVING STATE OF UNION SPEECH!
Message text: If you thought that President Bush was too close to Wall Street and his big money campaign contributors, wait until you see this photo of him giving the State of the Union speech. It’s unbelievable! Just go to http://www.publicampaign.org/stateoftheunion and check it out!
A third way is to go to HowDareThey.org and follow the links to send an instant e-mail message to your representatives in Congress.
Thanks for all your help and support. We’ll be back with our regular updates on how money in politics affects average people next week!
The folks at Public Campaign
P.S. If you get National Public Radio, tune in Tuesday morning at ten minutes before the hour (5:50am, 7:50am and 9:50am E.S.T., during the “Marketplace” segment) to hear their in-depth report on our “State of the Union” poster