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Kludge
09-28-2008, 08:39 PM
Dear X,

My opponent is a disgrace.

Other than a brief canned statement in local media on Friday, he has published nothing on the administration's bailout proposal. He has contributed nothing to the discussion or debate on the most significant financial crisis of our lifetimes.

As of this evening, his Congressional Web site is devoid of any information on the topic, with no updates since September 23rd. How is he serving the people?

A brief survey of Congressional Web sites across the political spectrum shows that other representatives are aggressively communicating with their constituents: Virginia Foxx, Dennis Kucinich, Marcy Kaptur, and Ron Paul all have prominent statements and updates on the debate.

What does my opponent do?

He closes his office:

http://blog.lawsonforcongress.com/2008/09/27/the-height-of-arrogance/

... and doesn't even answer the phones.

Folks, the survival of our economic system is at stake. This has not been a good weekend for the rule of law, or good government:

http://blog.lawsonforcongress.com/2008/09/28/a-bipartisan-drama-resuscitating-a-dying-republic/


Please let your friends and neighbors know that it is time to hold our elected officials accountable. We desperately need principled change in November.


Sincerely,

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William "BJ" Lawson
Congressional Candidate, North Carolina's 4th District
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pacelli
09-28-2008, 08:45 PM
Price also doesn't care enough to do speak on the issue for a minute in the house. He was nowhere!!! He still hasn't returned my email or even acknowledged receipt of it.

This man is a disgrace to his constituents.

Neil Kiernan Stephenson
09-28-2008, 11:58 PM
Why are we wasting money on Chuck Baldwin when we should be giving it to BJ Lawson?

revolutionman
09-29-2008, 08:38 AM
because too many people buy into the spectacle of the Presidential General Election, and neglect the infinitely more important Congressional, State and Local elections. if we had good congressmen Bush would not have been able to wreak such havoc on America. No President would be able to if we were electing bulldog ball busters to congress.

rancher89
09-29-2008, 11:26 AM
because too many people buy into the spectacle of the presidential general election, and neglect the infinitely more important congressional, state and local elections. If we had good congressmen bush would not have been able to wreak such havoc on america. No president would be able to if we were electing bulldog ball busters to congress.

qft

Gadsden Flag
09-29-2008, 07:19 PM
Price voted for the bailout, just in case anyone didn't know.

pacelli
09-29-2008, 07:37 PM
Price voted for the bailout, just in case anyone didn't know.

Thank you for contacting me about our country's financial crisis and the proposed recovery legislation. Today the House defeated this legislation, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, by a vote of 205 to 228, despite my support.

Like you, I do not have any interest in "bailing out" Wall Street firms and business leaders who have speculated recklessly, endangered our country's consumers and homebuyers, and resisted regulation that would protect the public interest. My concern is for Main Street - for the people depending on a sound economy and the availability of credit to buy a house or car, to run their business and meet payroll, and to save for college and retirement.

Like it or not, we are all in this together, and the entire economy is threatened as we teeter on the edge of a 1929-style meltdown. Today Wachovia Bank, a North Carolina mainstay, collapsed. But this goes much deeper than bank failures. Last week, the City of Raleigh could not find a buyer for a $300 million bond, and Wake County cancelled its planned $472 million bond issue for school construction, Wake Tech, libraries, and open space acquisition. Both have AAA bond ratings.

Although President Bush lacks the credibility to be of much help, I take the dire warnings of economic analysts very seriously, particularly in light of everything that has happened in the last few weeks. But I could not support Secretary Paulson's request for a blank check for $700 billion to purchase mortgage-backed securities and stabilize the markets.

I thus became part of the intensive discussions over the last ten days to rewrite the Treasury plan in several critical respects. The legislation which came before us today would:

 Provide strict independent oversight and accountability for all activities undertaken by the US Treasury
 Release the $700 billion in installments, with multiple reviews along the way
 Make certain that the entire $700 billion is recaptured by the Treasury and thus by the American taxpayer, by requiring that taxpayers share in any profits resulting from the government's help and providing for assessment of the financial industry for any remaining losses
 Forbid "golden parachutes" and limit other compensation for executives of participating financial institutions.
 Require the government to work with participating institutions and loan servicers to help deserving homeowners negotiate reasonable repayment terms and stay in their homes

The defeat of the bill prolongs and perhaps deepens the crisis. Coordinating with the Senate, the House will need to return within days to try again. Perhaps the economic situation will then lead some members to reconsider. Perhaps the bill can be changed in ways that attract a majority; I certainly have a list of improvements I would like to see. But considering the members who voted "no," I will want to scrutinize carefully any changes designed to attract them.

I am committed over the next few days to continue working to avert financial collapse and get the best possible deal for America's taxpayers and homeowners. I welcome and share your concern about this situation and will be glad to hear from you at any time.

Sincerely,
DAVID PRICE
Member of Congress
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Flash
09-29-2008, 09:29 PM
Why are we wasting money on Chuck Baldwin when we should be giving it to BJ Lawson?

THANK YOU. BJ Lawson and Bob Conley are two Ron Paul candidates with a great chance of winning. Why aren't we donating and focusing on these Ron Paul Jrs?
Barr, Baldwin, and Nader are great for a protest vote ONLY.

Kotin
09-29-2008, 09:31 PM
Why are we wasting money on Chuck Baldwin when we should be giving it to BJ Lawson?

yes exactly.. I may vote for Baldwin but I know hes sure as hell not going to win.


Conley and BJ Lawson have my undivided wallet :D

Neil Kiernan Stephenson
09-30-2008, 11:06 AM
Glad to see some sanity in this thread.

Nathan Hale
10-05-2008, 08:44 PM
THANK YOU. BJ Lawson and Bob Conley are two Ron Paul candidates with a great chance of winning. Why aren't we donating and focusing on these Ron Paul Jrs?
Barr, Baldwin, and Nader are great for a protest vote ONLY.

Krikorian in OH CD-2 and Dean Barkley for MN Senate are both GREAT Ron Paul candidates worth supporting as well - and both of them are polling in the 20% range. PErhaps they're not endorsed, but considering their platforms they may as well be.

stephensmith
10-06-2008, 04:33 PM
B.J.'s doing great and I think his momentum will only build in the time left before the election.

Here's my honest evaluation of his prospects.

First, David Price is entrenched because he is a liberal Democrat in an overwhelmingly Democratic district. I hate to say it, but if I were betting on the outcome of the race at this point, I would have to place my money on Price winning re-election.

That said, I do think B.J. could win if he could get his positions out there--especially on civil liberties and the bailout. I believe the bailout more than anything makes Price vulnerable. People across the political spectrum really hate it.

The problem with liberal Democratic voters is that they see the Republican label and automatically associate it with Bushism, war, assault on civil liberties, "meanness," welfare for the rich, and so on. They won't bother to investigate whether or not these apply to a particular Republican candidate -- they'll just assume it. Plus, many will vote Democrat starting with Obama and then straight down the line, out of habit.

If B.J. can distinguish himself in the voters' minds from the neocon Repubs, as well as show that he is actually better on civil liberties and the war than Price is, then I think he could win. This is how I see the voters dividing in such a case:

B.J.

Republicans who tend to vote Republican, regardless (including straight-ticket voters for McCain!)
Democrats and Independents concerned about civil liberties
Independents who just hate the establishment on general principles
People of all party affiliations who are enraged over the bailout


Price

People who benefit from the pork that Price is so good about bringing home
Local Republican establishment-types who don't like B.J. I'm serious, some of these people would rather see Price re-elected than have a Ron Paul-type Republican win
Democrats and Independents who are single-issue voters, especially if that issue is abortion (pro-choice)


I think it's clear that B.J.'s voters under this scenario would far outweight Price's.

So really, the challenge is getting the word out to enough voters before election day arrives. As I said, B.J. is doing a remarkable job already. He just needs about 10 times more support, in terms of both manpower and money. I'll be doing what I can.