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Lessons from 2012 & Your Ideas for 2013

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MODERATED BY:

Jim McBride, President, Network For Progress

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PANELISTS INCLUDE:

Colin Delany, Editor, epolitics.com

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Beth Becker, Social Strategist, Progressive Congress

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Chad Barth, Event Evangelist, Eventbrite Politics

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Join us to discuss the advances in using social media for advocacy seen during the presidential and other campaigns (Kony 2012, SOPA/PIPA etc) during 2012 and what are techniques and tools that can be used for activists and organizers in 2013.

Topics include the use of Facebook, Twitter, Eventbrite and other tools to spread your message, organize events/actions and develop communities that increase “bottom up” Movement-building engagement.

Social Media professionals and amateur activists will discuss and learn what are the most effective uses of the latest communication technology trends.

DC Comm Tech for Progress is a communication/technology-focused community for members of the grassroots group DC Network For Progress, a social and media-savvy organization for those inspired by the “Yes We Can” Movement.

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4th Annual

*** STATE OF THE UNION WATCH PARTY ***

#sotupartydc

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Special Guest:

ANITA BONDS

DC City Council Member (At-Large)

Chair, DC Democratic State Committee

 

 

Partners include:

Network For Progress

(including DC Comm Tech for Progress & DC Career Progress)

http://www.networkforprogress.com/getupdates

 

Generation Obama-Washington, DC

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Progressive Communicators of DC

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DC Democratic Party

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Young & Powerful – DC

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Democratic GAIN / Jobs That Are Left

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Host Committee includes:

Colin Delany, Franklin Garcia, Grace Kaissal, Aris Kyriakopoulos, Jim Maas, Jim McBride, Jason McCool, Nicole Williams

 

6:30pm-10:30pm Tuesday, February 12th

(6:30 Mixer, 9:00 Speech)

 

Local 16

1602 U Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

@ U Street metro



Please join Network For Progress, a social and media-savvy community for those inspired by the “Yes We Can” Movement, and several great co-sponsors for our 4th Annual State of the Union Watch Party where Progressives, Democrats and “Hope Mongers” can watch the President’s Address to Congress while mingling for friends, careers and PROGRESS!

We will be accepting optional 50/50 contributions from registered attendees for President Obama’s new non-profit version of Obama For America organization called Organizing For Action and Network For Progress.

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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

Have comments or suggestions for this post? Email me at forwardprogressive@gmail.com and follow me at http://www.twitter.com/fwdprogress or http://www.facebook.com/forwardprogressive.

 

ABOUT “FWDPROGRESS” AUTHOR:

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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7pm-10pm Saturday, October 6th

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Obama v Romney? Biden v Ryan??? Here is the MAIN event this campaign season!!!

Join Social Media Club DC, Network for Progress, It’s First Friday (our conservative counterparts) and a bipartisan coalition of College and Young Democrats and Republicans from the D.C metro area to see the “Rumble 2012: Bill O’Reilly v Jon Stewart” livestream on a BIG SCREEN as we take over the top level of Local 16!

Co-Hosts include Progressive Communicators of DC (pcdcnetwork.org) and the LGBT community Gertrude Stein Democratic Club (steindemocrats.org).

We will be collecting donations at the door for the local DC Non-Profit StreetWise Partners, which works with low-income individuals to help them overcome employment barriers, obtain better jobs and achieve economic self-sufficiency.Streetwise Partners is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

“O’Reilly v Stewart 2012: The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” will be streamed live Saturday, October 6th at 8pm ET from Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. O’Reilly and Stewart will take an entertaining and comedic approach to today’s pressing political issues in an attempt to find the best direction for America.” You can order it too: http://www.therumble2012.com

Questions? Contact Jim @ networkforprogress@gmail.com or 703-867-5070.

 

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