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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:46 PM

I was quoted in cover story of today's USA Today.

USA Today/Pew Research called me a couple of weeks ago. I was one of 752 randomly chosen cell phone users they called (plus 752 landline users). Most of the questions had you rate your response on a scale of 1 - 5 or very much agree to no opinion. Well, I tried to give them more than 2 cents worth. The survey took about 25 minutes and covered everything from Pres. Obama's policies to household income and religious preference. The last question was would I be available to answer follow up questions from a reporter. Thinking that there was no way I'd be chosen, I said yes, of course. And the rest, as they say, is history. Got the call yesterday and spoke with the writer of that article. Definitely felt funny seeing my name in the newspaper.

I mentioned in a thread (by EarlG) last week that I had taken part in a survey that showed President Obama beating republicans. And DUer's, without your many contributions, be they articles, opinions or spirited discussions, I wouldn't have been able to confidently respond to all of the interviewer's questions. So thank you, thank you again for all the good work you do here.

From the article:

This "sequester," in Washington parlance, could hamper economic growth, drive up unemployment and test the military's ability to respond to security threats at home and abroad.

Likened to a "meat cleaver approach" by the president, the cuts were designed to be bad policy and so politically dangerous that lawmakers would never let it happen. They would find a more efficient and targeted way to cut the deficit.

They haven't.

Beverly Hart, 69, works at a Colorado food bank and is concerned about how the cuts could affect the most vulnerable Americans while Washington stalemates. "There's so many different programs out there that I'm afraid are going to be impacted by these budget cuts for people who are really really struggling. To think that some of these cuts are going to affect them more, I am just so upset about it." Hart said she supports the president's position for more taxes.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/02/24/in-latest-budget-war-collateral-damage-could-be-sprawling/1943847/

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Reply I was quoted in cover story of today's USA Today. (Original post)
beveeheart Feb 2013 OP
babylonsister Feb 2013 #1
beveeheart Feb 2013 #4
LeftofObama Feb 2013 #2
pacalo Feb 2013 #3
freshwest Feb 2013 #5
Tikki Feb 2013 #11
NOVA_Dem Feb 2013 #6
Blue4Texas Feb 2013 #7
steve2470 Feb 2013 #8
underpants Feb 2013 #9
yellerpup Feb 2013 #10
beveeheart Feb 2013 #14
yellerpup Feb 2013 #21
beveeheart Feb 2013 #24
yellerpup Feb 2013 #25
Agschmid Feb 2013 #12
stevenleser Feb 2013 #13
NoMoreWarNow Feb 2013 #15
quinnox Feb 2013 #16
hay rick Feb 2013 #17
beveeheart Feb 2013 #19
hay rick Feb 2013 #23
2naSalit Feb 2013 #18
beveeheart Feb 2013 #22
DhhD Feb 2013 #20
MadrasT Feb 2013 #26
TDale313 Feb 2013 #27
grantcart Feb 2013 #28
ananda Feb 2013 #29
mercymechap Feb 2013 #30
mountain grammy Feb 2013 #31
reflection Feb 2013 #32
KT2000 Feb 2013 #33
PETRUS Feb 2013 #34
cate94 Feb 2013 #35
locks Feb 2013 #36
beveeheart Feb 2013 #43
AndyA Feb 2013 #37
calimary Feb 2013 #38
beveeheart Feb 2013 #39
calimary Feb 2013 #44
joeybee12 Feb 2013 #40
Liberal_in_LA Feb 2013 #41
merrily Feb 2013 #42

Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:50 PM

1. YAY! Props to you for

giving a great answer, and I'm so glad DU could be of help!!

Oh, and now you're famous!

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Response to babylonsister (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:06 PM

4. My 5 minutes of fame? LOL

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:52 PM

2. Congrats!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:05 PM

3. How great is that!

Take a bow, bevee!




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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:08 PM

5. Thanks for getting the word out! Kudos!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:49 PM

11. Yes, and your words will be reaching many people.

Thanks for doing this.


Tikki

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:08 PM

6. Congratulations!!!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:09 PM

7. Wow cool for you

And thanks to DU

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:09 PM

8. Congrats and thanks for stating the truth so well nt

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:41 PM

9. Well said. GREAT for you.

and thanks on behalf of all Americans

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:47 PM

10. K&R!

You do important work. That's a very nice quote!

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:08 PM

14. I've been a volunteer

at the Food Bank for over 2 years (since I retired). Some of the stories I hear just break my heart. And I can't help wondering if certain republicans heard them, would it make any difference to them? Sometimes it seems that my listening to their stories is just as important to them as the food they receive from us.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:25 PM

21. So right, beveeheart.

They need to be seen and heard. It must be hell to be invisible. Please do tell their stories, you may very well inspire some to help.

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Response to yellerpup (Reply #21)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:43 PM

24. If some of you are inspired to help,

many Food Banks need donations of personal care items as much as food. Can you imagine not having a toothbrush to brush your teeth every day? Deodorant? Soap? Razors? Feminine pads, tampons? Diapers for babies as well as for older people who suffer from incontinence? Denture cream? etc., etc., etc.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #24)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:03 PM

25. And socks!

I pick up a big bag of white althletic socks every time I go to Kohls and drop them off at the homeless outreach.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:50 PM

12. Awesome! Great job Bev! n/t

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:51 PM

13. Well Done!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:14 PM

15. totally awesome-- nice work!

 

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:16 PM

16. K&R

congrats, that is fabulous

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:19 PM

17. Revenue yes, cuts no (except to our bloated military). nt

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Response to hay rick (Reply #17)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:25 PM

19. One of the things I discussed with

the reporter that she didn't mention was the need to cut the military budget, especially those items that certain generals even agree are not necessary.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:40 PM

23. You did a great job.

Pity the reporter didn't include your remarks on cutting the military budget. Guess she was just doing her job. I think most reporters understand they are also being paid to not report such sentiments.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:20 PM

18. Good on you!

Interestingly I was talking to the Job&Social Services/Food bank/Clothing bank worker in the town down the hill today and they said they were literally scared for their clientele with all the cuts that have already been made to all services including unemployment and emergency unemployment for the long-term unemployed in our area... including senior services like the lunch program and meals on wheels in the town. It sucks, and those who are least equipped to handle these cuts are the one who will be most negatively impacted.Your quote was excellent and I hope it is viewed my millions.


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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #18)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:29 PM

22. Yes, literally scared does describe the situation.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:25 PM

20. Maybe a new bill to provide food/food stamps needs to be proposed and voted on at once.

Perhaps it is time to write a second Farm Bill.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:06 PM

26. great job

how cool

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:07 PM

27. That's fantastic!

Good quote.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:18 PM

28. You were great


And thanks for your work at the food bank too!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:21 PM

29. Good for you!

And thank you.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:29 AM

30. Congrats

so true!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:56 AM

31. Good for you, and you're right..

DU is the best source for honest and real information on what's happening here and around the world. I see stories I don't see anywhere else and the links open new worlds.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:50 PM

32. proud to be the 100th rec on that.

Good job!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:51 PM

33. Thank You!!

for using the opportunity to remind readers of the "invisible people" who will be affected by this horrible game.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:11 PM

34. Cool. nt

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:15 PM

35. Nicely done!

And thank you for helping at the food bank!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 01:47 PM

36. Proud of a neighbor Coloradan!

I've never been "surveyed" nor have any of my friends though we're all active volunteers and political. Soo glad they finally found a good Dem and empathetic person who knew how to express opinions many of us have wanted to see in the media. Thanks for a great job.

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Response to locks (Reply #36)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 01:22 PM

43. Thank you, neighbor.

I'm between Boulder and Denver.

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:27 PM

37. Very cool!

Thanks for taking the time to participate.

Isn't USA Today pretty right wing? Might open a few eyes, people need to hear the truth, need to know what's really going on in this country.

Congrats on the coverage, and hugs for taking the time to do something that might be helpful!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 02:31 PM

38. Exhibit A - for why DU is an essential tool for us activists!

Where else could you find the background briefings and thoughtful analysis on countless issues facing America, than here? And it's at your fingertips! I've had questions before and posted about it - and invariably other DUers chime in with answers, links, observations, perspectives, examples from real life, etc.

This isn't just a website. Or a discussion board. It's a freakin' THINK TANK! And it's OURS! And I think we're all very well served. Look how it benefited you, beveeheart! And you, in turn, have used it to benefit the rest of us!

BRAVA!!!!!

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Response to calimary (Reply #38)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:46 PM

39. democraticunderground = our freakin' THINK TANK!

Love your description of DU.

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Response to beveeheart (Reply #39)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 10:34 PM

44. Well it sure sharpened me up on the issues.

Thanks, beveeheart!

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:47 PM

40. Woo-hoo! KNR

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 08:39 PM

41. kick

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Response to beveeheart (Original post)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 12:50 AM

42. What fun!

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