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Received this e-mail today from Michelle Nunn's (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaign:
This past August, my husband, two children, and I packed into a minivan and hit the road, traveling across the state on our "What Washington Can Learn from Georgia" tour. As it turns out, the name of the tour was even more appropriate than we knew.

The self-inflicted budgetary crisis in Washington poignantly illustrates how important it is for our national leaders to learn the leadership lessons of everyday people.

As our citizens watch in dismay and frustration, our political leaders in Washington fight political battles to score points. Our congressional system of governing is literally broken. But there is a reservoir of hope -- Congress simply needs to turn to the example of their constituents.

Will you join me today and call on Congress to come together and end this this self-inflicted shutdown crisis now and then to stop kicking the can down the road? It is time for a real budget resolution, not procrastination:

For the past 25 years, I've been running the largest organization in the world dedicated to volunteer service, which mobilized four million volunteers annually. I have seen the best of America in our volunteers as they apply creativity and collaboration and civility to getting things done.

I have seen how people overcome differences on the PTA school board to achieve results for their kids and how they wrestle with tough problems and then reconcile differences to advance the causes of community hospitals.

As I travelled across Georgia, I saw this spirit of collaboration in abundance. I witnessed how the folks in Columbus have put aside political differences to transform their downtown and create an extraordinary water park on the Chattahoochee. The citizens of Macon have worked across sectors to provide a better place for kids in need at the Georgia Industrial Children's Home. In Athens, businesses, individuals, and faith-based organizations collaborated to create a Habitat neighborhood for working folks who can now enjoy safe and affordable homes.

People in Georgia don't shut down or take issues to the brink. Instead, they apply innovation, hard work, empathy, and determination to get the hard work done and make lives better.

The current budget crisis in Washington is a failure to apply these values, and it is a failure of leadership. We should expect our leaders to not only talk to one another on a regular basis, but to listen and to persevere. They must overcome differences and find resolutions to secure the welfare of our citizens and our nation's good.

Congress needs to learn a lesson from Georgia. Will you join me and call on Congress to remember these commonsense values and end this self-inflicted shutdown crisis? We need to end brinksmanship and focus on our nation's well-being:


Michelle Nunn

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Originally posted to pdc on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 04:26 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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