Mark Green's February 26, 1978 Washington Post article brings memories back re: 1978 when ACA was voted down. I was a nearly 21 year old consultant to the Consumer Federation of America. (My task related to the energy crisis and its effects on low-income and working people, helping write a report to the Office of Technology Assessment. )
I was present in the CFA 1012 14th Street office,s where activists labored in vain to pass a progressive bill rejected by Congress during President Carter's Administration.
I saw the young consumer lobbyists and how they dressed for lobbying. Sloppy, hippy-like and unappealing to Congress-critters. Sorry. They needed better hygiene, too,
Meanwhile, as Mark Green points out, some 111 Democrats voted agains the bill, unimpressed by activist arguments and funded by the first tranche of a wave of corporate funding for Congress-critters that began in earnest soon after, with corrupt Democratic leader and corporate fundraiser ANTHONY LEE COEHLO.
Lesson: activists, please:
- Dress for success. Wear clothes suitable for lobbying Capitol Hill offices.
- Make stronger arguments.
- Write better handouts.
- Learn social skills.
- Follow the money. Expose computing money and lobbyists.
- Call out unfair and deceptive campaign tactics, in real time..
- Watch out for "Judas Goat" Democrats, DINOs or what acvivist Tomy Reynolds calls "Undercover Republicans. As the Consumer Federation of America advised in a press release, guys like putative Democratic Congressman NORMAN Y. MINETA (November 12, 1931 to My 3, 2022) are "not to be trusted." NORMAN MINETA was, later Lockheed Martin VP commencing in 1994, the year after Judge Theodor von Brand's landmark Varnadore v. ORNL decision. (Ethically-impaired MINETA was later President Clinton's last Commerce Secretary and President George W Bish's first Secretary of Transportation, )
From The Washington Post: