“During a fire in California several years ago, my home of 26 years burned down. The insurance company paid the money due me to the morgage holder, BofA. Everytime I called about getting my home rebuilt, I would talk to a differernt representative in a different state. I would tell my story over and over. Even though I had receipts for all expenses, they questioned everything until I thought I would go insane. I would rather stick a needle in my eye than talk to anyone at Bof A again. My home was never rebuilt. After two years, one representative took pity on me and told me I could reset my loan with in the left over insurance money to make my payments lower. Two years before this was an option! With a $250 fee, my payment went from $1700 a month to $500.”
“The more information you have, the better decisions you can make. I like this idea, and hope that we Americans can look more deeply into the issues. Aren't you sick of people making decisions along party lines, without studying facts, history and consequences.”
“I find, when one of my family begins arguing scripture, it is best to ask a thoughtful question. My favorite is: If God is all knowing, why didn't he add to the commandments "Thou shall not hold any man, woman or child in slavery or bondage?"”
“Thank you for your excellent analysis. The democats are so hard to lead. If they would just simply follow this message relentlessly until November perhaps we would be spared the horror of John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Mr. Weigant perhaps President Obama is reading your talking points. Oh, and I wonder if we couldn't change the wording of middle class to all working and retired working Americans.
Vegan Girl on Sep 9, 2010 at 00:49:12
“Right now, if there is one thing uniting the democrats.... It's the republicans.”
hp blogger Chris Weigant on Sep 9, 2010 at 00:19:29
Thanks for the kind words. Being modest, I hope that they're reading Lakoff and Westen, myself.
But don't knock the "middle class" as a label, as it's one of the biggest for self-identification. Something like over 90% of the public agrees that they're "middle class." Politically, that's pretty valuable in a label.
“I live down the road from HP. A two lane off ramp from the freeway was designed and built to ease the traffic that the HP emplyees would cause, but now there is no traffic or emplyees thanks to CEO Fiorina sending the jobs outside the US. Senators need to consider more than just the bottom line when making decisions.”
“It seems like those in the White House and those on the Left have each been hurt by the other, like in marriage. So maybe your job, Chris, is to be the marriage counselor and use those talking points to help these partners better understand each other and communicate in a more loving manner how important and how grateful in terms of voting we all would be with a chair at the table. (well if you think about it, for Dems, thats a lot of chairs - HA!) I love Talking Points and look forward to it each Friday, but maybe Friday the 13th was bad for you too.”
hp blogger Chris Weigant on Aug 13, 2010 at 22:50:00
Yeah, I've been in kind of an unrelated bad mood, you're right about that.
But every so often I have to just let fly on Fridays and give voice to my inner Rant. Today was one of those days. I guess what I'm saying is, sometimes that two-by-four looks like the best tool to use...
OK, here's me being positive: Obama, this week, came up with a new twist on his "Republicans drove the car into the ditch" theme, which is worth pointing out, for being clever.
"What gear do you put the car in when you want to go forward? You put it in "D"! What do you put it in to go backward? That's right -- "R"!"
Like I said, it did bring a smile to my face, I have to admit.
“Well said. I have met a lot of hard working, thoughtful citizens in my community through OFA. That line between what we want and what we can pass is so difficult and requires well drafted talking points for people who want to consider choices and alternatives.”
“Changing the terms for this century might put everyone on a new page of understanding. What we are lacking now, is appreciation for effective management practices that protect public health and safety. Effective management transcends government regulation, and requires talented, knowledgeable citizens employed and trained to professionally protect the health and resources of ourselves and future generations.”
fourbrrl on May 12, 2010 at 15:53:05
“Whose going to make the "training course" for the talented and well meaning individuals ??”
“I look forward to your post every week. For whatever reason, Americans need simple messages right now. Why not use the word "jobs" in the chart name? Jobs Progress - Above the Bikini
I would also like to see big government deregulation/regulation used less. Why not focus on effective management instead? We need to value focused and quality management practices that help keep Americans safe, healthy and productive. Regulation is not as friendly a term as effective management driven by talented and knowledgeable individuals.
Thanks for all your work in helping us refine communication about these important issues.”
LizM on May 9, 2010 at 07:50:15
“...effective management... I like that concept.
Maybe, after another six and half years of effective management, this ship of state will be on a steadier course and less prone to mishaps.
“Interesting and thought provoking with excellent historical examples.
What about the negative implications for the chain of influence. I'm thinking of political and religious leaders who use fear and lies to promote their interests and spark the actions of some of our citizens who lack compassion and soul.”
hp blogger Paul Loeb on Mar 25, 2010 at 11:54:14
“The process can definitely work the other way. I remember speaking at a South Carolina college and picking up an old student newspaper that was jammed in behind one of the stage ropes. It had a picture of a young Lee Atwater, the then active college Young Republican who went on to create the infamous Willie Horton ads and become the example for Karl Rove.”
“The Public Option has really been beat up and needs a make over. A simple four page bill that gives people the CHOICE to buy into Medicare is simple to understand and seems fiscally sound. I just wish they would have called it the Freedom to Choose Medicare Act.”
“People who will not vote are weak and play right into the right wing hand. In the end, losing control of the Congress will be much more devastating than not getting all you want from this first difficult year. The Democratic Party is very diverse which is wonderful, but also makes it difficult to have a strong focus and strategy.”
“Details are important, but the big picture here is about power to make change. The Republicans want health care and Obama to fail so that the democrats will not have the power(votes) to make future changes. If Democrats lose to the party of NO, then nothing will be accomplished. Even Howard Dean is now talking up the positive parts of the bill. If Democrats really want to help our country, they must keep the party of No out of power. Topping the list to accomplish this is to support each other and stay focused on making progress, even if the details are not perfect. At the end of three years, that progress will mean a lot more to the American people that what the party of NO has contributed.”
Nov 22, 2009 at 10:28:59
“Having a pet has helped me agreat deal.”
KindOne on Nov 22, 2009 at 20:20:09
BetteB on Nov 22, 2009 at 15:26:05
“Having a pet own us has great value. This is one of the ways we learn to love unconditionally and treat other with compassion (like having to have them "put to sleep" rather than being so attached they suffer, for example). Trouble is keeping a pet healthy and legal isn't cheap. Pets have been proven as promoting health and happiness.
“Sarah P quit her job as governor to go on a book tour. We don't hate her, we just don't respect her work ethic and the way she uses her family. Why would anyone vote for someone for president who has a record of quitting? If that isn't enough, her voice is impossible to listen to for more than three seconds.”