My new Representative gets it

My new Representative gets it

My new Representative gets it

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June 3 2007 8:36 PM

My new Representative gets it

I just moved to Boulder, Colorado, and decided to check on my new Senators and Representative. What do I see on the news section of Representative Mark Udall's site?

While I respect NASA Administrator Griffin’s right to express his personal views on global warming, I don’t agree with him. I think climate change and its impacts cannot be ignored. In that regard, NASA has a vital role to play in gathering the data and supporting the research that will provide information needed by policymakers. Unfortunately, however, the current Administration has not given NASA’s Earth Science program a high enough priority. I think that needs to change.

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Wow. A Representative that actually represents me? And one that takes a stand, the right stand, and is clear and unequivocal about it?

Golly.

Then, I looked at my Senators' pages. Hmph. Neither says much of anything, to be honest (in fact, I had not even heard of either of them before). One of them, Wayne Allard, seems to go out of his way not to say anything. I looked at his stem cell page, where he talks about the use of adult stem cells, but only mentions embryonic stem cells in passing. If you read between the lines it's clear he's against it (he's a Republican from CO, duh), but he doesn't actually say what he stands for. The other Senator, Democrat Ken Salazar, doesn't seem to have a list of issues with his stance, just press releases.

Why can't politicians hire web designers who can make it easy to, y'know, use their websites?

And you know what else is funny? I have looked at many, many politicians' sites, and very few -- if any -- actually say what party they belong to. This is perhaps the most basic thing they can state, and it's nowhere to be seen. Weird.

Well, goading people into action is something I like to do on occasion. I'll investigate these guys more and see what's what. Which leaves me with one final thought here: US citizens, when was the last time you looked into your own reps?