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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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Virginia Republican Leadership is so ideological now that they chose a Convention for their most rabid supporters instead of a Primary for statewide voters to select their candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General this year and this is what they came up with!

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/05/ken-cuccinelli-virginia-gop-governor-nominee-91582.html?hp=l1_b1

 

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

“Republicans Nominate Rabidly Anti-LGBT Ticket”

http://thkpr.gs/10J14ta

(BONUS: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/the-9-most-anti-gay-statements-from-the-republican-nominee-f)

“Virginia Lt Governor GOP Nominee Believes Gays Are ‘Very Sick’ And Democrats Are Worse Than The KKK” http://thkpr.gs/11P8cay

And is AGAINST desegregation but FOR the 3/5 Compromise: http://wonkette.com/517277/black-republican-virginia-lt-gov-nominee-loves-segregation-being-three-fifths-of-a-person

“Virginia GOP Nominee For Attorney General Introduced Bill Forcing Women To Report Their Miscarriages To Police”

http://thkpr.gs/10IHpJM

Ken Cuccinelli Issues Briefs

LGBT:

Cuccinelli said Homosexuality “Brings Nothing But Self-Destruction, Not Only Physically But Of Their Soul.”

and tried to prevent universities from banning anti-gay discrimination

http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2013/07/wire/research/bridge-brief-cuccinellis-anti-gay-views-statements

WOMEN:

Cuccinelli is against abortion even in cases of Rape and Incest and bullied the

Virginia Board Of Health into shutting down the state’s abortion clinics:

http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2013/07/wire/bridge-brief-cuccinellis-anti-woman-record

47 Attorney Generals urged Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, but Ken Cuccinelli refused

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/1/cuccinelli-refuses-to-run-with-ag-pack/#ixzz2fx1rtpB4

TAXES:

Cuccinelli’s Tax Plan Would “Starve The State Of The Resources It Needs.” (Washington Post)

http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2013/07/wire/research/bridge-brief-cuccinellis-disastrous-tax-plan/

TRANSPORTATION:

Over 389,100 Daily Metro Passengers Would Benefit From The Silver Line…Cuccinelli wants to “KILL IT”

http://www.americanbridgepac.org/2013/07/wire/research/bridge-brief-cuccinellis-opposition-to-bipartisan-transportation-plan

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