You know the kind of call I mean.  The one when they start to beg for money.  Not just one time give me some money and I won’t bother you again for another 6 months money either, but that continuing contributer thing, the monthly payment thing, the one they call being a Grassroots Partner.

Oh, it’s a great program, he told me, and my money will work harder because it will save them on their fund raising costs, and blah, blah, blah . . .

(More after the break)
Well, things are a little tight financially around my house.  Braces for my son and dental work for my wife which our dental insurance didn’t cover are costing us $460 a month (our dentists were nice enough to let us pay it off in installments), our prescription drug costs each month average $200 – $300 dollars under our current health insurance drug benefit plan, our mortgage payment increased because when we refinanced we borrowed some additional money to pay off other debts, and there are those gas prices, which in upstate NY average around $2.30 a gallon or more.  I won’t bore you with the ridiculous jump in our electrical and heating bills this winter, or the fact that no one in our family got any raise in salary this year, cuz I’m sure you get the picture by now.  

We have a lot of things we need to spend money on beside the DNC.  That’s just the reality.  I’ll bet a lot of you are in the same boat: money goes out faster than it comes in, doesn’t it?

So, I stopped the guy mid speech.  Ok, ok, that’s enough, I said.  I know the spiel.

That’s when I told him  — Yeah, I’ll do it.  But only because I’m pissed off at people criticizing Chairman Dean.  Something tells me he understood.

Now I’m not gonna tell you how much I agreed to contribute.  Some things should remain private, even with a blabbermouth like me.  I hope it won’t hurt too much when I see the charge on my credit card bill each month, but it probably will.  But I’ll try to figure something out.  I’m sure we can cut something somewhere.

And I’m not going to tell you what you should do.  None of my business.  People do what they can.

I will say though we better win this war, and I don’t mean the one in Iraq.  We already know how that one is gonna come out don’t we?  It’s the more important war I’m concerned about.  The war to get my country back.

And DNC?  You better make good use of my money guys.  

And Howard — Keep laying the lumber to the bastards, keep laying the lumber to ’em.  Those are my orders to you.

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