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Kansas City Democracy for America January Meetup

  • Jan 7, 2004 · 7:00 PM
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone this month (except me and my husband) were first timers, so I'm wondering where my former meetup people went.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We got 17 packets done in our small group! Great job team!

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a nice talk about Dean and other pertinent issues, wrote 8 letters to Iowa and New Mexico.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was the first meetup in Olathe and my first meetup. I expect that it will grow over time.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to know in advance if Dean will be addressing meetups via conference call. We had most people dial in on cell phones, but not everyone had cell phones.

    That said, TWO people from our meetup were able to ask Dean questions directly on the call (Lee's Summit and Grandview residents). This energized our meetup tremendously!

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great opportunity to get to know other people who want their country back.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first meet-up and I don't want to be too critical. But. The agenda was get-out-the-vote, for the primary and the election. However, the folks who led the meet-up had no information about basic voting procedures, like how to vote in advance or absentee (where to get ballots, when they had to be in, etc) so that we could be on the street on election day. Also, Kansas City is divided by the state line: half in Kansas and half in Missouri. Californos is on the Missouri side, but just blocks from where I live in Kansas so I attended the meet-up there. We talked only about what was happening in Missouri, and the Kansas contingent was ignored. Also, the guy who led the meeting asked first-time attendees to stand and talk about why they were there. For over 45 minutes these people raved about how they hated Bush. One woman said she would vote for Mickey Mouse rather than have Bush re-elected. It was not productive and a complete waste of time. It seems clear the reason to attend a meet-up for Howard Dean is to support Howard Dean. I left the meet-up (which was still going on) after an hour and a half and I did not feel as if I got any real, concrete information about how I could support the Dean campaign. Though I'll likely continue to support Dean, I'm seriously wondering why I would attend another meet-up.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was my first meetup and it helped to get me motivated. I was at the bar afterwards and a couple saw the literature I picked up and struck up a conversation. Like all of us, they're fed up. I gave them the handouts I had and they said they'd check out the next meetup. That felt good.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    It would be instrumental to those in attendance if there were individuals around the room, at identified stations, to be able to provide specific infomation to those of us who are uncertain about where to get it. For example, if I wanted to campaign door to door in my own neigborhood who could I go to and address this issue with????
    Also most people in the room, myself included are unaware of whether Missoui is a caucus or vote state and even when it is.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my third Meetup, and it's encouraging to see the number of attendees grow per meeting. Additionally, I brought three friends, which felt like a small victory for me.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Eric is a great host and handles the large, diverse crowd very well.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good conversation.Leader was efficient in time management but allowed guests to make their point or comments.Informative handouts.Showed video at appropriate time.

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had a good meetup. I talked to Governor Dean on the phone. I asked about repealing the whole tax cut. I think that would be a huge mistake. Low and middle class Americans will not understand a democrat taking away the tax breaks that were put in the bill by Democrats. They were truly stimulative cuts and Al Gore had promised many of them during his campaign. I want the Governor to win this and he could help us, me and himself by saying he will aim at the top brackets and leave the other cuts in place. The dividend tax cut will mean billions of lost tax dollars and most of that loss will go to the filthy rich. The cut in capital gains taxes will go mostly to the rich. The inheritance tax will only benefit the very wealthy. At this time in our economic history, we need a tax stimulus that really works and the tax cuts for workers is just what Dr. Dean should order. The huge deficits will make it hard to finance the Social Security benefits when boomers retire. The trust fund has over a trillion dollars of treasury debt that will eventually need to be refinanced. The huge federal debt will make that difficult if not impossible to do. The topic of opening the borders to Mexican workers was on the minds of many of us. Some young Mexican Americans were the most outraged by the move. The Governor can capitalize on that dreadful mistake. We have 9 million Americans who are out of work or underemployed and Bush wants to bring in 8 million more workers. He will drive wages through the floor. Gene W. DeVaux
    Greenwood, MO [masked]

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's have more meetings at Barley's or another location in southeastern Jackson County!

    January 7, 2004

  • A former member
    A former member

    The conference call was really fun! The personal stoies about getting involved in Iowa were wonderful! Thanks to the organizers!

    January 7, 2004

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