Alan Grayson

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  • Thumbnail Republicans risk future elections for ignoring immigration reform This is a leaked copy of a secret memo written by the Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, dated Nov. 10, 2014: Dear Fellow Republicans: I hate to say that I told you so, but I told you so. I warned you almost two years ago that the [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Uncle Sam = Big Brother?

    2013-06-14 19:28:55View | Delete

    ThumbnailIn George Orwell’s novel 1984, “Big Brother” is the dictator of Oceania. No one knows whether Big Brother is a real person, or simply the personification of the dictatorship. Big Brother spies on every citizen through “telescreens.” Everyone is reminded constantly, “Big Brother is Watching You.” Uncle Sam Let’s compare that to the recent revelations about the [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: What If Richard Nixon Had Had Your E-Mail Password?

    2013-06-11 16:28:55View | Delete

    If he were President right now, Richard Nixon would absolutely adore today’s National Security Agency. Nixon would be able to snoop, shadow and spy at will. He could read your e-mail; see what you’ve googled; check out your browsing history; find out whom you called, who called you, when you spoke and for how long; [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: A Day in the Life of a Congressman

    2013-06-10 14:59:01View | Delete

    One of the interesting things about this Congressjob is that at any given moment, there are three or four different things to do. What one has to show for one’s time in Congress is, more than anything else, a question of time management. Last Wednesday posed an interesting choice for me. I was invited, like [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Letter from Birmingham Jail

    2013-05-18 08:22:34View | Delete

    Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” King was jailed for campaigning against racial segregation in Birmingham, in violation of an injunction against anyone “parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing.” His letter was written on the margins of a newspaper, scraps of paper that another prisoner [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Trade Sell-Out: Out of the Mouths of Citizens….

    2013-05-15 15:53:59View | Delete

    If you have received my e-mails for a while, you know that I sometimes refer to you all, affectionately, as “Alan’s Army.” You are passionate, smart and dedicated. But last week you were something else: Amazing. I told you about a proposed partnership between multinational corporations and their sellout tools in government (a/k/a the Transatlantic [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Sequester Threatens Top-Secret Military Research

    2013-02-23 15:10:21View | Delete

    Thumbnail One of the nice things about being a Member of Congress is that I have security clearance, and you don’t. (Sorry!) So I know about the threat that the looming sequester poses to a crucial top-secret military research project. Since we’re friends, I’ll tell you about it. The U.S. Army has discovered that a small [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Aaron Swartz, R.I.P.

    2013-02-21 12:42:54View | Delete

    Aaron Swartz was an internet leader and free-speech advocate. He helped organize the worldwide movement to keep the internet free from censorship and corporate control. After Aaron downloaded a large number of scholarly articles from the JSTOR website without JSTOR’s permission, he was indicted for violating JSTOR’s terms of service. Facing long years in prison, Aaron [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: “Would You Like To Buy A Pen?” She Asked Me

    2013-02-18 11:40:45View | Delete

    As we approach the self-immolation known as “The Sequester,” I find myself thinking about a woman in West Africa, asking people, “Would you like to buy a pen?” She was a middle-aged woman, wearing a bright-colored dress. Judging by wear and tear, it may have been the only dress she owned. She was standing on [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Humpty Dumpty Constitutionalism

    2013-01-31 14:43:10View | Delete

    A few days ago, I pointed out that the House Republicans’ five-page bill to raise the debt ceiling offends two different provisions in the Constitution.  I wish this were an isolated instance.  It’s not. Most House Republicans are Tea Partiers, and Tea Partiers are in love with three things: those three-sided felt hats; those overly snug vests [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: An Unconstitutional Twofer

    2013-01-27 13:05:09View | Delete

    Thumbnail This week, the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives did something that you wouldn’t think is even possible: they introduced (and then the House passed) a five-page bill that, despite its brevity, may violate two separate provisions of the U.S. Constitution. The bill increases the debt limit by some unspecified amount, but only [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post:

    2013-01-15 10:00:09View | Delete

    When I was elected to Congress in 2008, I asked to join the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Why? Because I was a government employee. The AFGE negotiates benefits for government employees, including me. If I were going to benefit from that, I felt that I should pay my dues. I’m not the “free [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Legislation Constipation

    2012-12-26 18:26:49View | Delete

    Here are what I modestly and humbly refer to as “Grayson’s Laws of Legislating”: (1) Vote for what you’re in favor of. (2) Vote for what you can live with, if you must do that to get what you need. What we’ve been seeing in the House of Representatives lately have been massive and pervasive [...]

  • Let me get right to the point. I’m against the proposed “chained CPI” cut in Social Security because it substantially undermines the protection against inflation that Social Security recipients enjoy under current law. The existing cost of living adjustment (“COLA”) already understates actual increases in the “cost of living”; the chained CPI would exacerbate the [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: My Thanksgiving – A Turkey Sandwich at WalMart

    2012-11-24 15:27:48View | Delete

    I did not spend Thanksgiving evening with my wife and my five children. I spent it, instead, handing out turkey sandwiches to workers in WalMart. And showing my support for one brave soul who walked off the job in protest against exploitation. WalMart “associates” make an average of just more than $10 an hour. That [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Idiot Wind: “A Socialist Nightmare Hellscape”

    2012-11-04 14:33:04View | Delete

    Yesterday, I mentioned that my opponent Todd Long has concocted a bizarre End-of-Days scenario if I win, which has me removing the Bible from people’s homes, and “kicking Christianity out of the country.” Long may be a liar, but he’s not an outlier. Because right-wing nuts like him have been flooding the media with paranoid [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: An Eye For An Eye, Unless You’re Rich

    2012-10-28 13:45:52View | Delete

    As we lurch uncontrollably toward Election Day, choosing our next set of lawmakers, I’ve been looking for a way to cast some light on what is at stake. I think that I’ve found it in the oldest legal code, the Code of Hammurabi, from 1772 B.C. In general, the Code of Hammurabi established the law [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Put A Little Love in Our Hearts

    2012-10-23 09:43:38View | Delete

    Good news and bad news. The good news is that President Obama won last night’s debate. The bad news is that the entire debate, questions and answers, seemed premised on the false assumption that virtually everyone else on this planet wants to kill us. Here is a list of the topics last night: (1) Libya [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: Romney’s Secret Plan to [Fill In The Blank]

    2012-10-17 11:23:46View | Delete

    I watched the Presidential Debate last night. There was a general absence of NASCAR moments, although Romney’s insistence that the President actually didn’t say what the President actually did say about the Benghazi attack came close. Leaving that aside, the impression that I was left with is that Romney is running a giant con game, [...]

  • Alan Grayson wrote a new diary post: They Want to Destroy Social Security (circa 1935)

    2012-09-22 15:46:20View | Delete

    Thumbnail Yesterday, I wrote that all the crocodile tears that the Right Wing sheds for the supposed insolvency of Social Security are just a cover story for what they really want to do, i.e., destroy Social Security. My Tea Party opponent is a perfect example of this: he calls Social Security a “Ponzi scheme”; he calls Social [...]

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