Monday, June 26, 2017

2017-06-26: The ACA Works, Republicans don't...





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Allow NO loss of insured!

The Affordable Care Act works.  If you can't do better, that's on Republicans, NOT THE ACA.

"Do No Harm" and DO YOUR JOB.  Make the ACA better through OPEN, Bi-partisan discussion and debate.

No Tax Breaks for the Rich!






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Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017-06-21: no secret healthcare



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NO SECRET HEALTHCARE!

Do Your J ob.  Bring the healthcare bill to an OPEN DEBATE.  Legislation that truly benefits the people is bi partisan!



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Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

2017-06-21: no private healthcare talks

Today I'm reaching out to the list of 'sane' republicans since my NC Senators appear to be useless.

Here's my message:

Please do not consider any healthcare bill that was not created in a bi-partisan manner, one that reduces coverage, choice of plans, or potentially limits coverage for pre-existing conditions.  All citizens need good health care, not just democrats or republicans.

Thank you for being a shining example of good leadership for the Republican party and not falling in with the extremest crowd that has hijacked the former sane leadership of the party.  Please continue to legislate based on facts and science.


Here are the senators I called:

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

2017-06-20: no closed door on healthcare debate

Call to Senator Burr and Tillis:

Insist the healthcare bill be drafted in a bi-partisan, public manner.  NO CLOSED DOORS!

Healthcare affects all US Citizens.  The process must be transparent.



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Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

2017-06-20: Perjury must not continue to stand, Fire Scott Pruitt!




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There now exists more than enough evidence to remove Scott Pruitt from office
He has lied under oath and proven himself to be nothing more than a corporate Stuge.

How can you continue to tolerate perjury among our leadership?

You must now seek his resignation at a minimum.


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Real news about NC and National politics:


Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

Friday, June 9, 2017

2017-06-09: taking it up a notch--personal visits to Burr and Tillis' offices.



In DC today, I took the time to attempt to see Senators Burr and Tillis in person to hear their position and plan for action specifically on:

  • Climate Change
  • Impeachment proceedings after the obvious obstruction of justice measures taken by trump revealed in the Comey memos and testimony
  • Removal of perjurers from office, specifically Pruitt and Sessions
Sadly, though not unexpectedly, neither senator was available for a drop in handshake from me, especially after they learned what I wanted to talk about.  Burr turned out to be 'out of town' and Tillis, after the aide went to see if he was available, was in a meeting.  Burr's aide was the most disappointing, where he told me half truths, attempted to debate the reality of climate science (with a poly-sci degree) and in a round about way, called me a liar.

Relatively speaking, Tillis' office was a breath of fresh air, where the aide actually went to see if it was possible for me to meet the senator in person, when he turned out to be too busy, he referred me to their legislative aide specializing in environmental matters, and was happy to write down every word I wished to convey to the senator, which he promised to do in person, and when I gave him my name he said, "OH!" with some excitement, "Your Peter Brezny.  I've read some of your postcards!"  Which made us both smile.  "Yes, some of them are a bit pointed" I admitted..."Desperate times." I said.  He nodded in acknowledgement, pen at the ready to take down my concerns.


No surprise but a big disappointment from Burr's office.

Both offices really wanted to know what I what I was there to talk about before they decided which aide to send me to.  In Senator Burrs office, after a polite, female, African American woman from Eastern NC, the principal receptionist (and in my mind, the ultimate attempt at social-green-washing from Burr) made sure I was comfortable with offers of coffee, water, or soda, I was shunted to Mr John C. McDonald, III, a pudgy, young man from Durham, NC with a degree in political science and aspirations of becoming a senator himself one day, but admittedly, without the funds to make it there.



At the end of our conversation and in spite of my request, he took no notes, but did tap the side of his temple and say, 'I've got it all right here', and instead of simply agreeing to convey my comments to the senator, which I came in person to do, all he wanted to do was debate climate change science, parroting what he has heard off of fox news apparently attempting to change my mind.

This man was a serious tool, and not the sharpest one in the shed, but a good 'hard talker' which I'm sure brought some level of pleasure to the leaders of the staff.  A good loyal dog to 'sick on the liberals' when they came crying about climate change, 'the gays' and human rights.

"I've written the senator many postcards, and received only a single, two sentence reply." I told Mr. McDonald.  

"We don't write two sentence replies"  He quipped.

"That's all I've received, one response, for nearly one hundred post cards sent to Senator Burr."

"Oh those pre-printed cards?" he chuckled.

"No, hand written ones, nearly one hundred of them, with printed addresses on the other side"

Mr. McDonald scrunched up his face, and replied, "Well I doubt that, we never write short replies and we always write back."

I promised I had the letter and could show it to him if he liked, but it was clear he didn't really care, either way...

At this point I really didn't know how to respond.  This jackass was telling me, that I hadn't sent correspondence to Burr--I guess I should have had him read this blog...regardless of being somewhat taken aback, I pressed on with the issue of climate change.

"This is about Paris isn't it?"  He asked.

"No, It's about avoiding the worst consequences of climate change, it's about creating new, better jobs, in larger quantities than the fossil fuel industry ever can, it's about doing the right thing for our planet and humanity.

To which he incredulously wanted to know if I though climate change was simply going to wipe out humans all together.  At this point I just started to feel sorry for this guy.  Here he was, half again my junior, and with possibly a third of the science education and even less of an understanding of our environment, and he chose to treat me, a constituent of the senator, as if I were an idiot.

We went interminably round and round as he continued telling me that my 'apocalyptic' scenarios were simply unrealistic, that renewable energy was impractical, that it was impossible to stop burning fossil fuel etc...

Regardless, I pressed on and finally, after the third time I said, 'I'm not hear to debate the reality that humans caused climate change, I'm here to have you convey my thoughts in person to the senator."

"OK, well, what would you do about it?"  He demanded, after removing his hand which had been partially covering his mouth when he told me that the Senator does believe that humans have contributed to climate change, as if he were crossing his fingers behind is back to make it OK to lie to constituents directly.

"Remove subsidies for fossil fuel companies."  I said.  "It's really that simple..."

"Which ones" he interrupted, wanting to know, with some zeal, if I could name the lavish subsidies handed out to the likes of Exxon/Mobile...many of which, no doubt, have been well hidden in the recesses of the 'discretionary budget' far away from the average voter's prying eyes.

"ALL OF THEM"  I replied.

And then, Mr. McDonald the III proceeded to explain to me that most subsidies don't really go to fossil fuel companies but in general the mining industry, at which point, all I began to hear was, bla bla bla, 


This toddler in a man's body was wasting my time.  


He was so squarely grounded in the fear based, scarcity minded, 'we have to burn fossil fuel, there's no other way' myopic, defeatist, status quo, BS, that all he could do was parrot half truths and cleverly worded twists of political jargon to make it sound like they cared, most of which he had likely heard from his pals at Duke Energy.

Like Senator Burr, this man is a disgrace to our government, and thanks in part to him, its clear the process is entirely broken.  Like the postcards I continue to send to his office which I now suspect most hit the trash can without even being considered or perhaps even tallied for the Senator at all, I would be quite surprised if he conveyed a single word of what I had to say to the Senator.

But what does Burr care any how, he's got his lifetime lavish salary, thanks to us tax payers, and he's not running for office again, so why bother listening to his constituents.

So I just asked Mr. McDonald one more time, to please convey my thoughts to the senator, summarizing again the three points I came to get across above, and headed down the hall to find Senator Tillis, hoping for better luck there, which thankfully I did.  At least Tillis has aide's willing to do their job.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017-06-06: Move Russia Investigation forward NOW.





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The Executive Branch's involvement with Russia is now Obvious.

Move the Russia Investigation forward NOW! Jail anyone who obstructs it.

Your collusion with the Trump administration amounts to Treason and will not be forgotten.



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Real news about NC and National politics:


Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

Friday, June 2, 2017

2017-06-02: Trump, a disgrace to humanity




Text on card:
Trump disgraces humanity.

Your collusion with the traitorous executive branch has tainted your already pathetic performance as my senator.

We must curtail climate change.

You Must Impeach Trump!


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Real news about NC and National politics:


Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576

Thursday, June 1, 2017

2017-06-01: Faster Action on Trump Treason Russia investigation and...




Text on card:
1). Publicaly call for faster action on Trump Treason Russia investigation
2). Support access to healthcare for women, Including birth control
3). Preserve 'Obamacare'.  The crap legislation put forward by Ryan is a corporate giveaway --> bad for America.

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Real news about NC and National politics:


Top 4 Senate Republicans most likely with sane critical thinking skills:
(from https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/which-republican-senators-are-most-likely-to-fight-trump/)

Sen. Susan Collins, ME:
DC office: (202) 224-2523

Sen. Dean Heller, NV: 
DC office: (202) 224-6244

Sen. John McCain, AZ:
DC office: (202) 224-2235

Sen. Cory Gardner, CO:
DC office: (202) 224-5941


Our 'not so sane senators' and my "representative":

Richard Burr
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3154


Senator Thom Tillis
185 Dirsken Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-6342


Representative Patrick McHenry
2334 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

(202) 225-2576