I have always wanted a dog, and I have been advocating for a dachshund for many years. Clearly, this is a passionately held position. Like most advocates, I am sometimes frustrated that others can't see the obvious validity and significance of my cause. But objectively, I know that my wife may attach more importance to many other issues: the welfare of our sons; doing her demanding job well; or even the cost of low-fat milk.
Your issue will almost certainly face issue competition; this may be temporary - if you are approaching the end of the fiscal year and there is a critical budget debate coming up. Or it may be a chronic problem: your issue is barely visible to key policymakers because of perrenial concerns that they see as more politically significant. You may need to consider how to tie your issue to these "bigger" concerns.
modified: Wed, 12/22/2010 - 15:30 by David Devlin-Foltz