PLEASE SHARE BELOW LINKS & INFO!


As you are probably well aware, we are being reminded about both our great victories and our great losses this week. We have gone from passing the Affordable Care Act due to the hard work of 2008 to dealing with a radical brand of anti-Democratic hypocrisy known as the Tea Party that took over the House in 2010 with a phony call for “no taxation without representation.”


And on October 1st, we saw the huge success of the Affordable Care Act launch with 4.7 million hits on the White House web site and 190,000 calls with 1,200 sign ups in Kentucky and 4,000 accounts created in DC alone.


Since they can’t complain about about tax rates they agreed on in December or a deficit falling faster than at any time since WWII, offering secure and affordable health care for working families that most WANT to pay for is the reason the GOP-controlled House chose to shut down the federal government and furlough 800,000 workers to reduce national income by $1.3 billion a week and cost DC about $200 million a DAY. This is against the wishes of 81% of Americans and comes off the GOP already killing more than 678,000 public sector jobs already.


The good news is that DC government has been spared so far thanks to some political hardball by Mayor Gray, as the
House is allowing temporary funding of city services.


Shutdowns have happened before but this isn’t just about ideology this time…it is part of the transparent effort to
subvert our democracy with unlimited obstruction to disrespect the President that America elected to REPRESENT us.


Think about it, as much as Democrats hated George W. Bush and the Iraq War, did they ever truly threatend to shut down the government until it ended? Majority Leader Reid made that point in a
letter to Speaker Boehner.


VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT:

President Obama on the Government Shutdown and Obamacare Launch http://bit.ly/16h6dfj


According to insiders, if Speaker Boehner allowed a vote to keep funding the government without any new demands attached it would pass but this is the responsibility of every Member that has been complicit in this anti-Obamacare propaganda campaign…not just one man.
But he is the gatekeeper and circumventing his decision would be a lengthy process.


He was right about one thing though:

“If you shut the government down, it’ll end up costing more than you’ll save.


And this is before we discuss the debt limit, which if the U.S. reaches on October 17th without it being lifted would mean our nation would have to default on our debt…or face
outrageous ransom demands. Otherwise,  Obama might risk impeachment by invoking the 14th Amendment’s passage that the “validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law… shall not be questioned.”


I hope you will join me in educating yourself and sharing information on this fight and how to take action….it’s time to join #teamdemocracy by fighting to end the #gopshutdown and help America #getcovered.

 

*** ACTION #1: TELL CONGRESS YOU WANT TO END THE #GOPSHUTDOWN ***

Tell @SpeakerBoehner and your Congress Members you want a “Clean” 6-Week Continuing Resolution to end #TeaPartyShutdown and then to #ShutdownSequesterCuts that Democrats have already given up fighting in order to keep the government open:


http://govsm.com/w/Senate
* http://govsm.com/w/House

– includes social media and web sites (phone/address info) –

 

Popvox Constituent Communication Web Site Poll:

https://www.popvox.com/bills/us/113/x136

(69% favor “Using The Government Shutdown As A Way To Reform Obamacare”)


GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN FACTS:

9 Most Painful Consequences of a Government Shutdown:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/10/01/the-nine-most-painful-consequences-of-a-government-shutdown/


11 Reasons Why A Government Shutdown is Terrible:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/reasons-government-shutdown-terrible_n_4019301.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009


Absolutely Everything You Need To Know About How Government Shutfown Will Work:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/absolutely-everything-you-need-to-know-about-how-the-government-shutdown-will-work/


Here Is What Happens When The Government Shuts Down:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/09/24/2669501/here-is-what-will-happen-if-the-government-shuts-down/


Here’s The Economic Cost of a Government Shutdown:

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/09/30/2706091/cost-of-shutdown/

 

*** ACTION #2: SIGN UP YOURSELF OR FRIENDS FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ***


(FYI: Don’t call it Obamacare….follow these other rules when spreading the word:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/obamacare_n_4006242.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003)

 

http://healthcare.gov

(If you sign up, you can get interviewed by the Washington Post by emailing Sarah.Kliff@washpost.com)

 

ACA FACTS:


Everything you need to know about Obamacare:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/09/30/%3Fp%3D63297/


20 major questions about Obamacare, answered:

http://thkpr.gs/15E80qX


Obamacare Infographic: Why Young People Should Sign up!

http://www.upworthy.com/if-youre-young-this-is-the-only-obamacare-infographic-you-need-i-obamadare-you-to-click-on-it?c=bl3


Politico’s Undetstanding Obamacare Guide:

http://images.politico.com/global/2013/09/27/politico_understanding_obamacare_guide.html


#GetCovered 101 Guide:
http://gtcvrd.am/1991VZN

 


THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU IF YOU DON’T SIGN UP:

Despite the GOP fearmongering the health insurance mandate would mean a 2.5% tax hike on only a minority of the 16% of Americans above the poverty line who currently use the ER as their health care plan if they continue to do so after being offered more affordable options and tax credits to opt into the market.

 

 

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(June 19. 2013)

 

 

*** EVENTS & ACTION ROUND UP ***

 

Browse Events & Actions:

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(Become a N4P Contributor: Email network4progress@gmail.com to submit events/actions)

 

 

***6/19: Campus Progress Summer Kick-Off Happy Hour ***

6:00pm – 8:00pm Wednesday, June 19th

Madhatter, 1319 Connecticut Avenue NW. Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont)

 

Come meet other progressives in Washington, DC, as well as the Campus Progress staff at our annual Summer Kick-Off Party.

 

This year’s event is co-hosted by: United States Student Association, Young Invincibles, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, Rock the Vote, League of Young Voters, The Sierra Student Coalition, Advocates for Youth, Generational Alliance, Energy Action Coalition, AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, Working America, SEIU Millennials, Generations Initiative, The Bus Federation, and Wellstone Action.

 

You will have the opportunity to hear about progressive ideas and Campus Progress’ programs in progressive activism, journalism and more events that are planned for this summer, including our National Conference held in July.

 

No cover, 2 free drink tickets per guest. 18+ to enter, 21 to drink. I.D. required.

 

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http://campusprogress.org/events/summer_kick_off_party1/

 

RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

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*** 6/19-25: Ed Markey for Senate phone banking @ DNC HQ OR @ HOME! ***

http://www.edmarkey.com

 

*Virtual Phone Bank: Email emily@edmarkey.org to get the daily login so you can make calls on your computer!

(please cc network4progress@gmail.com so we can track our N4P callers)

 

*DNC Headquarters phone bank @ Capital South

430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Enter on Ivy Street.)

– featuring 6/20 Young Democrats Night with YDA National President Rod Snyder

with snacks provided!

 

Ed is leading in the polls but in a special election anything is possible so please help us protect John Kerry’s Senate Seat on Tuesday, June 25th!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Harris at (202) 479-5170 or by email at harrisj@dnc.org.

 

SIGN UP FOR A DNC HQ SHIFT HERE:

http://my.democrats.org/page/s/SignUpToVolunteer

 

 

*** 6/20-23: Netroots Nation (San Jose) Live Stream & #NN13 Conversation ***

http://www.netrootsnation.org/nn13/follow-nn13-at-home/

 

 

*** 6/26: Congressional Women’s Softball Game ***

Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003

 

Join us on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 for the Fifth Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game when a bi-partisan group of women Members of Congress take the field against the the women of the DC Press Corps.

 

REGISTER: http://cwsoftballgame.eventbrite.com

 

 

*** 6/29: Capital Cause Young Philanthropists Brunch ***

 

The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square, 1315 K St NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

 

The 2013 Capital Cause Young Philanthropists’ Industry Brunch will connect 300 of DC’s Young Philanthropists, Trailblazers and Changemakerswith top business leaders from ten different industries over a power brunch.  This event – designed to network Young Philanthropists with top industry professionals in an intimate setting – will not only take your career to the next level but will also position you to help fund grants to a worthy nonprofit of your choice.

 

REGISTER: http://cc2013brunch.eventbrite.com/

 

RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/594351880584704/?fref=ts

 

*** 2013 Young Democrats of America National Convention (San Antonio) ***

– $80 Early Bird Rate ends 6/28!

 

We are excited to announce the Young Democrats of America’s 2013 Biennial National Convention in San Antonio, Texas on August 8 – 11.  

 

This is the largest event that YDA hosts every two years with 1,000 Young Democrats expected to attend from all fifty states.  If you don’t participate in a single other Young Democrat conference, this is the one you don’t want to miss.

 

We are working with the Texas Young Democrats to put together the most exciting convention in YDA history, including political trainings, guest speakers and other special events. YDA national officer elections for the 2013 – 2015 term will also be held on Sunday, August 11.  

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://yda.wiredforchange.com/o/720/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=13416

 

RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/465901236821319

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*** EMAIL & CALL CONGRESS ON STUDENTS LOANS BY 6/30 ***   

YDA’s “Don’t Double My Rate!” Campaign

 

Federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 if Congress doesn’t take action.  Send an email to your members of Congress today telling them to keep the current insterest rate of 3.4 percent.  

 

Whether you are currently enrolled in college, graduated a few years ago, or hope to attend someday; whether you were first in your family to earn a higher degree or you continued a proud tradition, the opportunity of a college education was made possible, for many of us, by access to affordable student loans.

 

Unfortunately, tough economic conditions in recent years and skyrocketing tuition costs have created unique challenges for our generation.  To make matters worse, if Congress doesn’t take action, federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 making access to a college education even more difficult.

 

Let me be clear, no one who is willing to work hard and improve the quality of their life and that of their community should mortgage their future in order to attend college.  Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the economic stability of our generation by failing to act with a deadline approaching.

 

The American dream is built on a foundation of hard work, equal opportunity and upward mobility. Access to a college education is an important part of that foundation, and Republican inaction and misplaced priorities put us all at risk. For America to be truly competitive in the 21st century global economy, we need more college graduates, not fewer.

 

Let’s win this fight!  Contact your member of Congress today:

http://action.yda.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=202

 

*** NEWS ROUND UP ***

Contact Congress regarding any of these issues here:

www.senate.govhttp://govsm.com/w/Senate (social media listings)

www.house.govhttp://govsm.com/w/House (social media listings)

 

*IMMIGRATION NEWS*

Non-Partisan CBO Report: Senate Reform Bill increases GDP by 3.3% in 2023 & 5.4% in 2033 & Reduces Deficit by $200B in 2023 & $900B by 2033 http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/18/cbo-report-immigration-reform-will-shrink-deficit-and-grow-economy

 

*VETERANS NEWS*

What The Military Is Doing To Address Sexual Assault

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/06/14/2150351/military-address-sexual-assault/

 

*INCOME INEQUALITY NEWS*

White House GIF: “The Great Gatsby” Curve

http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/52721470601/youve-probably-heard-of-the-great-gatsby-but

 

1Q 2013: Biggest Drop In Wages Ever

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/07/2121581/first-quarter-of-2013-saw-largest-wage-drop-ever/

 

Six Charts That Show Its Time To Reset The Budget Debate

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/06/2112261/six-charts-that-show-its-time-to-reset-the-budget-debate

 

*POLITICAL NEWS*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/14/the-best-congressional-approval-chart-ever/?wprss=rss_the-fix

 

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NEWSLETTER USA

(June 19. 2013)

 

 

*** EVENTS & ACTION ROUND UP ***

 

*** 6/19-25: Ed Markey for Senate phone banking @ DNC HQ OR @ HOME! ***

http://www.edmarkey.com

 

*Virtual Phone Bank: Email emily@edmarkey.org to get the daily login so you can make calls on your computer!

(please cc network4progress@gmail.com so we can track our N4P callers)

Ed is leading in the polls but in a special election anything is possible (remember Scott Brown?) so please help us protect John Kerry’s Senate Seat on Tuesday, June 25th!

 

*** 6/20-23: Netroots Nation (San Jose) Live Stream & #NN13 Conversation ***

http://www.netrootsnation.org/nn13/follow-nn13-at-home/

 

*** 2013 Young Democrats of America National Convention (San Antonio) ***

– $80 Early Bird Rate ends 6/28!

 

We are excited to announce the Young Democrats of America’s 2013 Biennial National Convention in San Antonio, Texas on August 8 – 11.  

 

This is the largest event that YDA hosts every two years with 1,000 Young Democrats expected to attend from all fifty states.  If you don’t participate in a single other Young Democrat conference, this is the one you don’t want to miss.

 

We are working with the Texas Young Democrats to put together the most exciting convention in YDA history, including political trainings, guest speakers and other special events. YDA national officer elections for the 2013 – 2015 term will also be held on Sunday, August 11.  

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://yda.wiredforchange.com/o/720/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=13416

 

RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/465901236821319

 

*** EMAIL & CALL CONGRESS ON STUDENTS LOANS BY 6/30 ***   

YDA’s “Don’t Double My Rate!” Campaign

 

Federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 if Congress doesn’t take action.  Send an email to your members of Congress today telling them to keep the current insterest rate of 3.4 percent.  

 

Whether you are currently enrolled in college, graduated a few years ago, or hope to attend someday; whether you were first in your family to earn a higher degree or you continued a proud tradition, the opportunity of a college education was made possible, for many of us, by access to affordable student loans.

 

Unfortunately, tough economic conditions in recent years and skyrocketing tuition costs have created unique challenges for our generation.  To make matters worse, if Congress doesn’t take action, federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 making access to a college education even more difficult.

 

Let me be clear, no one who is willing to work hard and improve the quality of their life and that of their community should mortgage their future in order to attend college.  Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the economic stability of our generation by failing to act with a deadline approaching.

 

The American dream is built on a foundation of hard work, equal opportunity and upward mobility. Access to a college education is an important part of that foundation, and Republican inaction and misplaced priorities put us all at risk. For America to be truly competitive in the 21st century global economy, we need more college graduates, not fewer.

 

Let’s win this fight!  Contact your member of Congress today:

http://action.yda.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=202

 

 

*** N4P NEWS ROUND UP ***

Contact Congress regarding any of these issues here:

www.senate.govhttp://govsm.com/w/Senate (social media listings)

www.house.govhttp://govsm.com/w/House (social media listings)

 

*IMMIGRATION NEWS*

Non-Partisan CBO Report: Senate Reform Bill increases GDP by 3.3% in 2023 & 5.4% in 2033 & Reduces Deficit by $200B in 2023 & $900B by 2033 http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/18/cbo-report-immigration-reform-will-shrink-deficit-and-grow-economy

 

*VETERANS NEWS*

What The Military Is Doing To Address Sexual Assault

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/06/14/2150351/military-address-sexual-assault/

 

*INCOME INEQUALITY NEWS*

White House GIF: “The Great Gatsby” Curve

http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/52721470601/youve-probably-heard-of-the-great-gatsby-but

 

1Q 2013: Biggest Drop In Wages Ever

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/07/2121581/first-quarter-of-2013-saw-largest-wage-drop-ever/

 

Six Charts That Show Its Time To Reset The Budget Debate

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/06/2112261/six-charts-that-show-its-time-to-reset-the-budget-debate

 

*POLITICAL NEWS*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/14/the-best-congressional-approval-chart-ever/?wprss=rss_the-fix

 

 

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WATCH MY “VIRTUAL DOOR KNOCK” OF MY CLOSING ARGUMENT:

http://youtu.be/0NF0S_aWK4U (12 min)

PLEASE COMMENT & REC ON DAILY KOS:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/30/1152442/-Obama-campaign-needs-to-focus-more-on-Closing-Argument-1-It-s-the-economy-stupid

Dear Hope Mongers,

Even if you’re already an active supporter I hope this inspires folks by putting this election in better context and helps you hone your OWN closing argument to voters…including friends and family!

The campaign isn’t spreading the word on this enough…but Yes YOU Can!

The choice we have in this presidential election is very simple but in recent weeks Mitt Romney has used the debates to fudge his newly right-wing agenda and lie about Obama’s agenda in such dramatic fashion that it’s time for a reminder of where we have been and where we need to go in terms of economic growth and much more.

We have another great reminder about what a pathological liar and phony Mitt is as he got a Pants on Fire for his “Chrysler will ship jobs to China” ad: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/oct/30/mitt-romney/mitt-romney-obama-chrysler-sold-italians-china-ame/

So, here is a 15-Minute Crash Course on WHY WE SHOULD RE-ELECT OBAMA! (includes 3 short videos)

SPOILER ALERT! HERE ARE MY TOP 5 REASONS FOR YOU A.D.D. TYPES:
#5 U.S. DEFICIT DECREASED BY 18% IN 2012 ($200 BILLION)
#4 U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED 27% SINCE 2009 (but it could have been 43%)
#3 U.S. STOCK MARKET HAS DOUBLED IN VALUE SINCE 1Q 2009
#2 U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE IS UP 11% SINCE 2008
#1 OBAMA IS CREATING NEARLY ONE MILLION MORE JOBS A MONTH THAN THE LAST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT IN HIS FINAL MONTH IN OFFICE

We have a great chance to win (see below) but this election should NOT be such a dead heat in Virginia and beyond….so get this message to friends and other voters there and nationwide!
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com

Regards,

Jim McBride

(aka Forward Progressive)

President, Network For Progress

 

 

OVERVIEW: OBAMA VS TEA PARTY “BUSH ON STEROIDS” POLITICS

President Obama has overcome nearly 100% Republican obstruction of almost ALL of his policies and despite only a few months in office with a filibuster-proof Congress (i.e. 60 Democrats in Senate that can simply approve a VOTE for a bill) he has fought to save us from a Great Recession and bring our country into the 21st Century. Here are some of the filibustering GOP’s greatest hits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Mitt Romney wants us to DOUBLE DOWN on Bush-era economic policies (tax cuts for the rich who mostly provide investment “supply” not consumer “demand” that can motivate supply), social policies (anti-gay rights, anti-climate change) and foreign policies (macho diplomacy & wars)  that set us backward and in many cases has adopted more extreme “Tea Party” ideas that would cut Medicare from people who already paid for it and other critical programs (i.e. FEMA) and preserving bloated defense spending (when our greatest threat is guys with homemade explosives) while endorsing colleagues who would eliminate women’s reproductive choices even in cases of rape and stripping away regulations until the next financial crisis when the crony capitalists want the government to bail them out again:

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/04/24/470541/mitt-romney-versus-george-bush

Former Congressman Perriello explains the Romney-Ryan Plan to Virginians and all Americans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pC5HZMb07uA&feature=youtu.be

 

This past week reminded us what a “Bush on steroids” approach would get us…..

Obama was praised by a Romney surrogate for the federal response from Hurricane Sandy:
http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/264747-gov-christie-obama-response-to-hurricane-sandy-outstanding

But Mitt wouldn’t have even had a federal response to several states and our greatest city being devastated by a weather disaster: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/30/mitt-romneys-argument-for_n_2042896.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=3136431,b=facebook

Our future is at stake. We need to move FORWARD not backward….and here’s more about why!

PART I: PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS
www.whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com


VIDEO: A Quick Look at President Obama’s First Term

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1vUKT_l_0g

http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/12-must-share-facts-about-President-Obamas-record

http://www.barackobama.com/news/entry/what-obamas-accomplished

OVERALL OBAMA HAS KEPT/COMPROMISED ON 56% OF HIS PROMISES SO HE DESERVES ANOTHER FOUR YEARS TO FINISH THE OTHER HALF:  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/obameter/

 

Also follow “30 Days 30 Ways” we’re better off than four years ago here:

http://www.facebook.com/democrats

 

PART II: OBAMA’S PLAN VS. ROMNEY’S PLAN
http://www.barackobama.com/plans

VIDEO: His “Economic Patriotism” Vision
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYI7qPO5wVw

VIDEO: Obama Explains Why Growing The Economy From “The Middle Out” Works and From “The Top Down” Fails
http://whyobamanow.org

(animated speech excerpt from 4/3/12 AP Luncheon)

ENDORSEMENTS:

New York Times Endorsement
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/barack-obama-for-president.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all&

New Yorker Endorsement

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/10/barack-obama-is-a-great-president-yes-great.html

Daily Kos Endorsement

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/04/1154799/-500-reasons-to-vote-against-Mitt-Romney-and-for-Barack-Obama

Colin Powell Endorsement (Republican & Former Secretary of State & Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)

http://www.barackobama.com/share/forward-colin-powell-endorses

 

 

but let me take the liberty of emphasizing the most important point of all….

PART III: IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID!

Because it is the #1 issue on the mind of Americans and least understood,  let’s review Obama’s HISTORIC turnaround of our economy that has led to PROGRESS that even his campaign hasn’t effectively explained while House Republicans (who took power in 2010 because his record was distorted) now block further growth as Mitt Romney and blowhard pundits blame our President for the mess of unemployment and deficits their party created IMMEDIATELY before he was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

5 Reasons Why Obama’s Economic Recovery might be the most over-looked Closing Argument in History:

#5 U.S. DEFICIT DECREASED BY 18% IN 2012 ($200 BILLION)
Despite the need for the $787 Billion Recovery Act due to increased need for safety net programs as well as bank and auto rescues while the government collected vastly less revenue during the Great Recession partly because we forfeited hundreds of billions in revenue from Bush tax cuts for individuals making OVER $250,000 annually, the U.S. government slowed its growth to the smallest rate since Dwight Eisenhower:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Republicans in Congress wouldn’t consider ANY tax hikes on the rich so President Obama’s offer of a $4 Trillion deficit reduction plan fell through last year. House Republicans threatened to not pay our bills and caused an S&P 500 credit downgrade because of it but Obama was still able to reduce our deficit by 18% this past year as the “bailout” loans have largely been re-paid (2011: 1.3 Trillion v 2012: $1.1 Trillion).

Contrast this to the Bush years, when we put 2 tax cuts for the rich, 2 wars and a Medicare prescription drug benefit on a credit card that ballooned to $438 Billion in 2007 even before the economic collapse.


 

Over the last three years, the deficit has actually dropped as a % of GDP faster than at any point since WWII:

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/11/about-that-ballooning-deficit/

But as this guy explains, we shouldn’t freak out about it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ugDU2qNcyg&feature=player_embedded

 

#4 U.S. UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS DROPPED 27% SINCE 2009 (but it could have been 43%)
Despite the need for the economy to create 100,000+ jobs/month to keep up with the growing U.S. workforce and 569,000 public sector layoffs, after the first year of stimulus the economy started creating jobs again and the Unemployment Rate has been reduced by 27% since peaking at 9.9% in 2009 versus October 2012 (7.8%).

Despite this progress, if Republicans didn’t starve government in unprecedented fashion and public sector employment were at its 1980-2012 average of about 9.6% there would be about 1.4 million more public sector jobs and the unemployment rate would be around 6.9%:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/oct/17/us-employment-data-recession-recovery

And just in case you thought this was easy, check out what has been happening in Europe the last few years:

http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/11/chart-of-the-day-12.html

#3 U.S. STOCK MARKET HAS DOUBLED IN VALUE SINCE 1Q 2009
Despite the need for Wall Street Reform to avoid another financial crisis, the Dow Jones Average has nearly DOUBLED in value since 1Q 2009 in a near complete recovery for millions of Americans who relied on stock investments for their retirement. (1Q 2009: 6626 v 10/26/12: 13107)
Source: Kiplingers (see below)

 

#2 U.S. ECONOMIC GROWTH RATE IS UP 11% SINCE 2008
Despite the weakened world economy especially among european nations like Spain and Greece, with the help of Obama’s Middle Class tax cuts the U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth rate has increased by nearly 11% since 2008. (4Q 2008: -8.9% v 3Q 2012: 2.0%)
Source: Kiplinger’s (see below)

 

#1 OBAMA IS CREATING NEARLY ONE MILLION MORE JOBS A MONTH THAN THE LAST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT IN HIS FINAL MONTH IN OFFICE
Despite the expiration of stimulus programs that support long-term economic growth through infrastructure and clean energy projects due to GOP obstruction of Stimulus #2 (2011 American Jobs Act) the U.S. economy has created 5.4 Million private sector jobs in the last 32 months at an average of over 170,000 per month (184,000 in October compared to 820,000 job losses in January 2009.

Good References:
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/jun/01/scorecard-economy-obama/
http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/are-you-better-off-than-you-were-four-years-ago/2.html

 

So, contrary to the spin, regardless of whether you want the Middle Class or the Rich to make money you should vote for President Obama and a Democratic Congress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a stalemate in Washington so there’s a lot more to do but it’s time for us to understand who got us into this mess AND WILL DO IT AGAIN for the short-term benefit of special interest buddies. 

Democrats aren’t perfect, as many of them were complicit in some bad decisions over the last decade, but President Obama has us on the right track.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s choose HOPE over FEAR and move FORWARD not BACKWARD!

 

IN HIS OWN WORDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyhipoOpi5E&feature=youtu.be

(President Obama’s Town Hall Debate Closing Statement about the 100%)

 

NOW EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE!!!

http://www.vote.barackobama.com

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Jim McBride is President of Network For Progress (www.networkforprogress.com), host of “1st Thursday” Progress Parties and other social and media-savvy Movement-building communications and outreach activities in the VA/DC/MD-metro area with a network of over 10,000 supporters.

He has spent over twenty years working in Communications, from radio to TV to public relations from the high-tech sector (Checkpoint Software, OfficeDepot.com) to being the first media staffer hired at the International Association of Fire Fighters after 9/11 who managed Fire Fighters for Kerry press outreach.

McBride has been an active grassroots activist since 2004, previously serving as President of the Arlington Young Democrats (Virginia Young Democrats’ 2007 Club of the Year), Vice Chair of Precinct Operations for Arlington Democrats, Virginia for Obama Volunteer Database Coordinator (2008 Primary), Founder of Generation Webb and the Generation Obama-DC community he still engages as one of the DNC’s top Gen44 young professional fundraisers for the Obama Victory Fund.

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