As the president is going to deliver his State of the Union address tonight and we're in the middle of a debate over health care, Jonathan Sager points out that the question now is whether or not Washington will listen.
The message out of Oregon, like the message out of Massachusetts, is resonating: Voters are in a populist mood right now -- not an anti-government one, necessarily, but a populist one nevertheless. The progressive brand of populism that resonated with Oregonians this month is slightly different than the one that rang true in Massachusetts. Yet the message is just as clear.One of the main reasons that so many people in Washington paid attention to Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts was that Republicans made sure the media and elected officials heard their sound bites. Now that voters in Oregon have made it clear that this isn't a Republican movement, but a populist one, we need to make sure that our elected officials get the message. Of course, the best way of doing that is to call your members of Congress and write letters to the editors of your local papers. And now that our general assembly is in session and deliberating over the state budget, I strongly encourage you to let your Delegates and state Senators know that it's okay to make sure that corporations and the extremely wealthy pay their fair share.
The real question now is whether DC will listen, or if instead it will continue to cling to its common wisdom.
If you want to tell your members of Congress that you support the message sent by voters in Oregon, you can call the Congressional switchboard at 202.224.3121. If you want to contact your members of the General Assembly, you can get their information by following this link.