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January 26, 2005

Hob-Nobbing with the BigWigs. The Other BigWigs.

I got a voicemail this morning from Congressman Tom Reynolds of the NRCC inviting me to an annual dinner with President Bush. I had to listen to the message three times before I understood exactly who was inviting me where.

Turns out that I was being invited, as a businessman, to join the Business Advisory Council, a project of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Business Advisory Council is a small, prestigious group of conservative businessmen and women, who have joined with the NRCC to advocate a progressive, conservative, pro-business agenda. The Business Advisory Council allows for these individuals to pool their expertise and know-how to bring some common business sense to Washington.

The Business Advisory Council functions independently from any other organization within the NRCC, but will have direct reporting lines to Chairman Tom Reynolds and other party leaders.

Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis will know that I am not huge fan of GW or most of the Republican party. I was a registered Democrat until about 1996, when I changed my registration to "Unaffiliated". But dinner with the President might be a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity and I was just interested enough to call the number which was left for me. You can call too, if you are inclined. 1.800.245.2577. As I suspected and as it turned out, the call to me was a case of mistaken identity. They took my name to look up my invitation to the President's Dinner and wanted to confirm my street address in Ohio. For those of you who don't know this already, I live in North Carolina.

As I also suspected, this didn't stop them from extending an invitation to me anyway. As a businessman, I was still eligible to join the BAC and I was still invited to the President's Dinner. I could do so for as little as $300.00, though they suggested a contribution of $500 or $600 dollars. I told them that I would think about it and join through the website if I was so inclined. They suggested that it would be quicker and easier to just give them a credit card number over the phone. I told them I had to clear that kind of expense with my wife.

For those of you who don't know this, I'm not married. It was just an excuse to get off the phone. It works surprisingly well.

Truth-to-be-told, I'm actually divorced for about 5 years now. I could clear the expense with my wife. I just don't see the point in it.

So anyway, I'm actually pondering joining the BAC. My only reason for doing so would be to go the President's Dinner. I can't say that I support the NRCC and I can't say that I "advocate a progressive, conservative, pro-business agenda". In my mind, most businesses get off easy anyway. The guy I reached on the phone stated that the group would be pursuing more tax cuts and healthcare reform.

**Aside** At first I thought I had reached a recording. The guy was that stilted and clipped. Then I realized I'd reached an actual human. But I swear he gave his name as Andrew Robot. No shit. I was confused.

Anyway, I realize tax cuts may spur the economy, but I can't support more tax cuts in light of the massive and growing budget deficit, especially if the tax cuts are mostly for hugely profitable corporations.

**Aside** Yes, I know the argument that tax cuts spur investment and thus grow the economy, erasing deficits in the long-term. I just don't know if I buy that argument. The Congressional Budget Office projects a $855 billion dollar deficit by 2015.

**Aside** Yes, I also know that the deficit is only 4 or 5 percent of our economy and not a huge worry in some minds. Yes, running a deficit may actually be good for the economy. But the dollar is tanking and that might not be good.

So now I'm pondering spending $500 to join the BAC and go to dinner with the President and other bigwigs. Might be kinda' cool. What should I do?

Posted by Kehaar at January 26, 2005 12:58 PM | TrackBack
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Go!!! If nothing else, it will make for some interesting posts.

Seriously, how many times in a lifetime will an opportunity like this present itself.

Posted by: Sully at January 26, 2005 04:59 PM

Save your money. Put this on par with the ticket you bought for the girl thats not going to Cancun with you. A waste o money...

Posted by: Brother at January 26, 2005 06:47 PM

Don't go. The bigwigs are really just wanna-bes and the cash bar that they provide will add insult to injury considering that the Prez will only be in the room for a total of 10 minutes, if that. Spend the money on something really really fun. Of course, if you take a camera and live blog the event, I might just send you a buck or two just for giggles. hmmm ....

Posted by: Marie at January 26, 2005 07:18 PM

If you go, make sure to wear your assless pants. And take pictures.

Posted by: Big Dumb Cousin at January 26, 2005 10:44 PM

You can have dinner at my house for fifty bucks. I may not be the president but at least you wont be attacked and thrown to the ground when you start making random Watership Down references.

Posted by: Black Rabbit Amish at January 27, 2005 02:17 PM

My brother in-law had the same opportunity this past fall & declined to meet and have his picture taken with the president.

My sister probably would have had him sleeping on the couch for a month as a result.

She interned for senator Kennedy & has a picture of herself & the senator. (Although, I don't think he's aware that she's beside him)

Wouldn't it be quite a sight for their children to see the photo's hanging side by side on the wall.

Posted by: Sully at January 27, 2005 04:02 PM

Oh, he's been kicking himself repeatedly for not doing it.

Posted by: Sully at January 27, 2005 04:04 PM

My wife took a call today and took a message from
the BAC - lucky I was out. I think it would be fun but my wife seems to think that it would be a waste of money. I guess I'll ponder it a while.

Posted by: kurt at January 31, 2005 10:33 AM
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