The online grassroots democracy thing is real, gathering momentum. Here's another example of a notable effort, focusing on the national budget.
As I recall, nearly half of the deficit is from tax cuts for the rich, and half regarding the war in Iraq, including missing cash and big-ticket items. (I wish more of that had gone to support the troops, but my bias is showing.) (Please fact-check me.)
Here're the details:
On June 26, AmericaSpeaks will convene 19 large-scale Town Meetings and dozens of smaller-scale Community Conversations across the US -- all linked together by live streaming video and polling software -- for the first-ever National Town Meeting about the federal budget.
a public discussion on the federal budget? While Congress will have to
pursue deficit spending in the short term to help our economy recover,
publicly held debt is projected to reach 200% of GDP by 2038 if we don't
take steps to reduce our long term deficit spending. Most legislators
fear voter-retaliation if they take steps in that direction, like
raising taxes or reducing spending.
AmericaSpeaks is making a bet that the American public is smarter than politicians give them credit for -- and inviting everyone who wants to leave the next generation with a healthy economy to get together and help sort out how we're going to do that. Coffee Party, AARP, Chamber of Commerce, National Council of La Raza, and many others are encouraging their members to attend -- making this the largest public discussion of the US federal budget to date.
invited to join the "AmericaSpeaks:
Our Budget, Our Economy" National Town Meeting on June 26. Find a
near you, or sign up to host one, here: http://USABudgetDiscussion.
find out more about the National Town Meeting: "A National Discussion Our
Fathers Would Love",
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