Oh, this is an easy one to start with. Republicans like to say that they care about local issues, but what line has Ray Meier's campaign come out with this week? They say that Barbara Streisand is a plague on New York's 24th congressional district.
Michael Arcuri got a check from Barbara Streisand, and the Republicans instantly whipped themselves up into an outraged frenzy. Here's what the National Republican Congressional Committee has to say on the matter:
"Maybe receiving the backing of Babs doesn't raise eyebrows in Hollywood, but Streisand's positions are way out of the mainstream in Upstate New York."
Do the Republicans really believe this bull?
Right now, Republicans in Congress are preparing to pass legislation that makes people who torture prisoners immune from prosecution, and takes away our right to see the evidence against us when accused of a crime. The Republican Congress is preparing to take away the right of habeas corpus, for goodness sakes. The Iraq War is getting ever deeper into disaster. The war in Afghanistan too, which was once seen as a great success, has disintegrated so far that it is now teetering into failure. The Republicans have failed to capture Osama Bin Laden. They've ignored global warming, which is already causing huge damage to our economy and threatening human lives. The Republicans have brought us high gas prices combined with no minimum raise increase in an entire decade. The Republicans have made government bigger than ever before, and pushed the burden of government services to the local level, forcing property taxes to rise. Republican spending is out of control, and corruption in Congress runs rampant.
All these things are having a real impact on the lives of people in the 24th District. But did Ray Meier address any of these problems this week? No. Instead, Ray Meier's attack dogs are going after a singer and actress who doesn't even live here.
Instead of dealing with the real problems we're having, Ray Meier's people are busy trying to convince everyone that the biggest problem we have is Barbara Streisand.
I don't know what kind of crazy, out-of-touch world the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee lives in, but I can tell them that Barbara Streisand does not raise eyebrows here in the 24th district. If you go up to someone on the street here, and ask them, "What is your opinion about the Barbara Streisand problem?", they'll just look at you funny and walk away. If you ask them, "Isn't it outrageous what Babs did?", they won't have any idea what you're talking about.
When was the last time you saw groups of citizens across our district organize to fight against the threat of Barbara Streisand? It hasn't happened. There are, however, many groups of citizens organized throughout our district because of their concerns about problems ignored by the Republican government in Washington, D.C.
We have real problems to deal with. We don't need a congressman who thinks that it's his number one priority to fight Barbara Streisand. That's reason #1 not to vote for Ray Meier for Congress.