Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The audacity of dopes

Members of the Illinois GOP from the 14th Congressional District have made a bold move. They called a press conference yesterday and declared that they are 100% opposed to drowning healthy kittens.

Actually, they have called for an end to political robo-calls. Same thing, I suppose. Who is going to protest a move like that? Well, the people who provide the calls themselves perhaps. Or the candidates. But they would be fools to make a public stink about a rule that was blatantly self-serving to begin with.

It took a great deal of “testicular virility” for Munson and Schmitz to call a press conference and declare that they were introducing a bill in the state house banning robocalls in Illinois.

It will be the first such bill in the nation, except for nine other states who have already adopted it.

And it was so cutting edge that Tom Cross, GOP leader in Illinois also joined the parade.

Did I mention their display of derring-do when they defied the schedule for introducing bills? Yes, they should have had all their new legislation in to the powers that be no later than February 15th. Gosh, they were over a month late this time. And, they put more pressure on Springfield by sending it in with a press conference.

The audacity of these leaders is astounding!

One good thing has come of this exercise. We now know they are capable of taking a public stand on something. So next time someone decides to slip in a bill to forbid screening Social Security numbers, these three are sure to quickly call a press conference to introduce a bill to undo the damage.

But wait, that would be controversial. And the duo of Madigan and Jones block the gates so nothing makes it to the floor anyway. You have to pick your battles carefully in politics.

Well, thanks Ruth and Tim. Now Denny Hastert and Laura Bush won’t call my house anymore. Thanks a lot.


  1. Bottom line: This is a publicity stunt.

    As I testified in the US Senate 2.27 These calls are an epidemic and are invading the privacy of All American Voters.

    Our members are taking a stand and saying enough is enough at the National Political Do Not Contact Registry at

    Here is a quote from a member this morning:

    "I find it very frustrating... I tend to get calls at the WORST time. I have a one year old daughter, and it NEVER fails that the phone will ring when I put her down for a nap or for bed. Also my vote is PRIVATE... so who do you think you are calling with a survey to find out who I am voting for!!! Stop calling me."


    Shaun Dakin
    CEO and Founder

  2. Shaun, Is there any hope of a federal law on this?

  3. I don't think so. First Amendment issues combined with politicians need to stay in office combine to ensure that these laws will more than likely never go anywhere.

    In fact, in S.C. this week a state lawmaker introduced a robo call bill on Tuesday and it was killed TODAY in committee.

    There is a third way. Of course, it is my idea so I'm biased.