October 25, 2010

Another Reminder to Get Out the Vote

Like the video description at YouTube says: Seriously. Vote. Or else everybody loses.

[ Everybody Loses ]
Source: YouTube

How’s This For “Follow the Money?”

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This is fabulous. The far right loves to play “follow the money,” as though somehow people who are truly interested in American progress and who are willing to help push forward with their wallets is a bad thing – so let’s give them a taste of their own medicine.

Click the above image to enlarge and see exactly where the Tea Party is getting all of its money. If you think it’s grassroots organizations that represent small-town America and reject big established government and incumbent politicians, you’d be as misinformed as the rest of the Tea Party thug’s gallery – these people have been swindled and have fallen for it hook line and sinker.

Their money is coming from a couple of really deep pockets who are intensely angry that President Obama won the election and the nation essentially rejected the policies of the Bush era and the so-called Neoconservatives wholesale. They’re looking for revenge, and they’ll take it at the expense of the American people and as many dollars as they can spend and raise in the process. Don’t be fooled.

[ Tea Party Inc.: The Big Money and Powerful Elites Behind the Right Wing’s Latest Uprising ]
Source: AlterNet

Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day

If you read Not So Humble at all, you know what’s at stake in the upcoming elections and how important it is for progressives and liberals everywhere who care about the future and continued progress of our country – incremental as it is – to get to the polls on November 2nd. The far-right wingnuts and Tea Partyists are definitely headed to the polls, and you bet they’re hoping you don’t go because they know full well they’re in the minority.

Do you need more convincing that a lot of the nonsense we’re hearing in the media amount to little more than right-wing talking points? Check out this fabulous list from Dave Johnson over at the Campaign for America’s Future that I have to lift in its entirety because they are, point for point, critical to be read together:

1) President Obama tripled the deficit.
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.

2) President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.

Reality: Obama cut taxes. 40% of the “stimulus” was wasted on tax cuts which only create debt, which is why it was so much less effective than it could have been.

3) President Obama bailed out the banks.
Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.

4) The stimulus didn’t work.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.

5) Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.

Reality: A business hires the right number of employees to meet demand. Having extra cash does not cause a business to hire, but a business that has a demand for what it does will find the money to hire. Businesses want customers, not tax cuts.

6) Health care reform costs $1 trillion.

Reality: The health care reform reduces government deficits by $138 billion.

7) Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.

Reality: Social Security has run a surplus since it began, has a trust fund in the trillions, is completely sound for at least 25 more years and cannot legally borrow so cannot contribute to the deficit (compare that to the military budget!) Life expectancy is only longer because fewer babies die; people who reach 65 live about the same number of years as they used to.

8 ) Government spending takes money out of the economy.
Reality: Government is We, the People and the money it spends is on We, the People. Many people do not know that it is government that builds the roads, airports, ports, courts, schools and other things that are the soil in which business thrives. Many people think that all government spending is on “welfare” and “foreign aid” when that is only a small part of the government’s budget.

If people want to make this a referendum on President Obama, they’d do well to head over to one of our previous articles where we highlight the Obama Achievements Center – where, even if you don’t particularly think President Obama is progressive enough or effective enough, you have to acknowledge the things he’s done so far and ask the question of whether or not you’d get the same from John McCain if he had won the election.

Great example – President Obama participated in the It Gets Better Project. Would John McCain have done that? Would any of these Tea Party nuts who claim to defend the constitution but have never read it (Christine O’Donnel’s “where in the constitution is freedom of religion” and Sharron Angle’s “There’s a second amendment?” comment prove it) have participated? Never – they’re too busy blaming everyone else for the problems they and their financial backers caused while draping themselves in American flags and claiming to be “of the people.”

Be wary my friends, that Trojan Horse is right outside the door, and there are a lot of clueless people willing to let them in.

[ Eight False Things The Public “Knows” Prior To Election Day ]
Source: Campaign for America’s Future

Headed to the Rally to Restore Sanity/Keep Fear Alive? RideToRally.com Can Help You Get There

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Headed to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity/Rally to Keep Fear Alive in Washington DC over Halloween weekend? Of course you are – you’re a good progressive and you and a couple hundred thousand of your friends are headed downtown too!

But the question is how are you going to get there? Living in the Washington DC area, I strongly suggest that you consider taking the Metro, but if you live outside of the region and need a ride into the area, the folks over at RideToRally.com tipped me off to their service that can help you find someone who’s headed to the rally and willing to give a couple of good progressives a lift into the area.

If you have some space in a car and you’re headed to the rally, or if you live in the area and you’re willing to pick up some folks, you can head over to the site too and sign up to help people get to the event! Head over and take a look, and see how you can help/if you can find help.

[ RideToRally.com ]