Make Congress Listen to You

For months, the president, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have insisted we take their mouthful of medicine they are calling health care reform.

By now, you probably have made up your mind as to whether this is a miracle cure or snake oil. If news reports are correct, Congress will be voting Sunday and they will be deciding what kind of health care you have access to and how much it will cost.

But they are also deciding whether they respect you or take you for a chump.

I have created a Web site — — that lists every member of the House and Senate with their D.C. and district phone numbers and their Web sites so you can call or e-mail them with your opinion.

Do you feel frustrated that your member of Congress is listening more to party bosses than to you? There's still time to contact them, just go to find your senators and congressman and call or e-mail them.

But there is something else you can and must do: Get personally involved to either keep them or dump them.

If you like the way your congressman votes, write a check to his campaign and volunteer for it. Write as big a check as you can. If you don't like the way your congressman voted, then write as big a check as you can to one of his or her opponents.

There's only one thing many elected officials understand: campaign contributions. Your calls and e-mails matter, but if you really want to influence the future of this country, put some walk behind your talk and put money in the campaign of the candidate who will listen to you and dump the one who won't. It's that simple.

Whether you contribute to a Democrat or a Republican is up to you. Whether you support the health care bill or not, that's up to you. But if you really want to change the political system in this nation, then give your time and your money to elect someone who will work for you.

I'm writing checks this year to people I trust so they will replace the ones I don't. I hope you'll do the same.

That's my view, I welcome yours. E-mail your comments to:

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