Washington, D.C. – After much confusion surrounding the events to take place last Thursday, the meeting with Senator Reid’s staff occurred as promised. Both the rumor mongering and misunderstanding of responsible parties as to what a public petition is, caused much commotion and confusion however, the petition was delivered.
Following Issa Decker’s original arrangements with Vaughn Bray, Legislative Correspondence Manager for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), and WorldNewsVine, I met with both Vaughn, and Maria Urbina, Legislative Correspondent to discuss the petition, the merits of it along with the plight of America’s unemployed.
The confusion surrounding the petition was neither on the part of Senator Reid’s office, nor on the part of WorldNewsVine. The confusion was a matter of, or to better word it, a lack of working knowledge of exactly what a “Public Petition” truly is. Thusly, WorldNewsVine was refused full access to the public petition for the 99er’s created by Issa Decker. There was reference to a “legal department” from the site that hosted the petition however, no contact was made, nor was direction on how to contact same provided as well.
This much can be assured from our visit. The Democratic Leadership is astutely aware of the plight of not only America’s jobless but also, the American workforce as a whole. The Senate Democrats, led by Senator Reid have tried, and continues to work towards a resolution to this crisis. The roadblock as we all know is the obstructionist attitude of the Republican Party.
As stated, due to the nature of the Public Petition found online, the signatures of the state of Nevada will be verified as a matter of processing this petition. Once, this process is completed and contact has been established, the petition will be considered validated in the state of Nevada.
Each state represented on the petition will need to be addressed, and the same process placed into motion. Change.org had refused to release the, Public Petition in its entirety for publication stating legal reasons. I would suggest someone look up and understand the meaning of a Public Petition next time.
Myself, felt as always, that this petition was a genuinely well thought out plan. However, with WorldNewsVine being the sole source of online media to present Issa Decker’s story, and the fact that the petition on the site it was being hosted was fairly buried, it would be wise to have this petition hosted on a site that will give the utmost publicity it deserves. The petition generated roughly 20,000 signatures that upon initial review appeared valid represented less than 1 percent of the total numbers listed or claimed to be listed as “99ers”.
This is not once again, to state that this petition did not prove its cause whereas, the Democratic Leadership has always been aware of the plight of the American unemployed.
Moving forward on this petition it would be best to have the petition located on a site that would give it the recognition it deserves. Next, make certain that the rules of a public petition are observed, and that the members of the petition begin to focus their attention on those members of Congress, the Republican Party, that are refusing the assistance to the unemployed as they deserve. In essence, most of those calling are “barking up the wrong tree”. You will need to convince and win over support, committed support of the Minority Leaders office, Mitch McConnell, and at least four additional Senate republicans to prevent the further stalling of existing legislation, and the blocking or creation of any further legislation.
Once again, I cannot stress this any further than what I have here in this article, and the plethora of articles written on WorldNewsVine that reflect the factual information provided in covering the plight of the unemployed. The Democratic Leadership is not to blame for this crisis. The Democratic Leadership has done everything in their power to assist in this crisis. The Senate Democrats specifically, are not responsible for blocking aid to America’s unemployed, and continues to work towards a solution to this crisis. Those members and supporters of this effort need to concentrate your efforts on the Minority Leaders office to stop the obstructionism, not the Democratic leader’s office for they are there to assist.
99ers need to concentrate your efforts on the Senate republicans, the party of “No” to achieve what your petition sets out to achieve. Efforts have already been attempted and the GOP keeps blocking every move, the refusal to use recaptured TARP funds from their wealthy campaign contributors, is a prime example of the power the minority is using to kneecap these efforts.
I will attempt to answer questions as commented below. The meeting was held in confidence; we have questions submitted to the Press Secretaries office, and again the confusion regarding Arleen’s arrangements with the Senator’s office and these other blog sites, does not represent a true picture of the arrangements Arleen had originally planned with Senator Reid’s Correspondence Manager.