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A Appeal from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee

January 30, 2012

I continue to get fund-raising e-mails from the Democrats. Here is one of the latest from last week.

President Obama just laid out his path for America. Last night, the Republican presidential candidates laid out quite another.

We can fight like mad to help the president lead our nation toward economic fairness. Or we can let Newt and Mitt seize the White House and Congress – and hand it over to the 1%.

Economic fairness? That’s a dirty word to them. Middle class families? Fend for yourselves. Mitt would pay NO TAXES under Newt’s plan. None.

Which plan will you choose: President Obama’s, or radical Republican’s? Our FEC deadline is 7 days from now, and we still need $444,000. If we fall short, President Gingrich takes the oath of office before a Republican-controlled Congress. And America’s middle class will be finished.

Decision time. Can you chip in $5 to stop a total Republican takeover?

President Obama said it best tonight: “We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

I’m not willing to settle. No way will I allow these fanatics to undo all Democrats have accomplished in the past three years – or the past century, for that matter. Please give what you can, and join me in the fight.

Guy Cecil
Executive Director, DSCC

I am not sure which is the more disturbing thought; that people like Guy Cecil are cynical enough to believe (probably correctly) that the majority of Americans are simple enough to fall for this sort of nonsense, or that they really believe it. Their idea of “fairness” seems to be to take from the people they think have too much and give to the people, generally their supporters, who have too little.

If Obama wants to know why a growing number of Americans are just getting by, he can look in a mirror. I also think it is a little strange that the man who hands out waivers from his policies and subsidies to green businesses while canceling the Keystone Pipeline should speajk of everybody getting a fair hot and playing by the same set of rules.

I wonder if the Republican fund raising letters are this stupid and dishonest. I imagine so, but perhaps they do not exhibit quite the level of ignorance of economics.

Here are some excerpts from an email I just recieved.


There are a lot of Americans asking the same question right now: are these Republicans kidding?

Corporations are people? The way to create jobs is to give rich people more money? Super PACs decide who gets elected?

I’m not buying it, and I don’t think you are either. But our skepticism is not enough — especially in a world where the Koch Brothers have $43 billion to throw at us. We need strong People-Powered campaigns to call out all these Tea Party Republicans, for trying to destroy the middle class in the country we all love.

I was under the impression that the Tea Parties were made up of middle class Americans. And, who else is going to create jobs but rich people. Maybe if they were able to keep more of their own money, and were not punished for getting ahead,  there would be more jobs available.

This isn’t just about hitting the DCCC’s $500,000 grassroots goal, before tomorrow night’s deadline.

This is about the 22 million people in this country who can’t find a full-time job. This is about the 50 million people in this country who can’t see a doctor when they’re sick. This is about the 47 million people in this country who need government help to feed themselves (and no, Newt, the answer isn’t to demonize them).

The Republicans sure won’t help the jobless, the homeless, the sick, the poor and the hungry. So that job falls to us. We need champions in Congress who will fight for the middle class, and everyone aspiring to get there.

Suggesting that government policies encourage people to be able to take care of themselves rather than encouraging lifelong dependence on the government is not really demonizing them. I suppose it all depends on just how you define help and whether you want the American people to be free and independent or government serfs depending on handouts from their lord and masters.

By the way, whose fault is it if so many people can’t find a full time job? Who has been in the White since 2009? Who had control of both houses of Congress from 2007 until 2011, and who still has control of the Senate?

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More Mail from the Democrats

October 14, 2011

I was feeling a little neglected after President Obama and the rest of the Democrats stopped sending me e-mails. It appears that the fundraiser was over and they didn’t need to ask for any more from me. I have to say I felt a bit used. At least I would, if I had ever sent them any money.

Well, I am glad to see that the Democrats don’t just love me for my money. They also need me to sign petitions.

We told you last week about Republican efforts to suppress the vote nationwide that could prevent 5 MILLION Americans from voting. According to the New York Times, the voter fraud Republicans say they’re preventing simply isn’t an issue. “The only reason Republicans are passing these laws is to give themselves a political edge by suppressing Democratic votes.”

The scary thing is, it just might work. Enough votes could be lost to states like Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada and Virginia to hand the Senate – and the White House – to the GOP.

This news really struck a nerve with grassroots activists – we’re nearly halfway to our goal of 150,000 signatures. But we’re missing your name – will you click here and sign?

After you’ve signed, check out our brand new 2012 Election Protection Project website, where you can view maps of affected states, learn facts about the new laws, share information on Twitter and, most importantly, register to vote.

We’re starting to put together our voter outreach plans based on these new GOP laws, and I sure could use your help. Thanks in advance for signing and sharing. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.

Crystal King
DSCC Political Director

I am just outraged that the Republicans are trying to suppress the necro-American vote. Sure the living can show IDs easily enough, but does anyone care about how hard it is for the dead to get identification. They don’t normally drive so they can’t get driver’s licenses. Illegal immigrants also have considerable difficulty in acquiring valid. I will be glad to sign this petition identification. Just because a person is not a US citizen or even alive is no reason to deny them the vote.

Then I got this.


We have to act fast.

House Republicans are set to vote today on a bill that would go even farther than Republicans’ previous efforts to restrict women’s access to reproductive health care.

This GOP bill would allow emergency rooms to refuse women life-saving healthcare. Pundits are calling it the “Let Women Die” act.

We must act immediately to call out the right-wing Republicans behind this assault on women. We’ve set a goal of raising $100,000 for the DCCC Women’s Health Rapid Response Fund so we can hold these Republicans accountable.

Please make an urgent contribution of $3 or more to the DCCC Women’s Health Rapid Response Fund. Your generous support will send a powerful show of grassroots strength against the Republicans’ extreme agenda.

Instead of focusing on jobs or the economy, today’s vote will mark the seventh time this year House Republicans have chosen to undermine women’s access to health care.

First, it was Republicans redefining rape to deny health care coverage. Now, they want to allow hospitals to turn away women in life-or-death situations. Plus, for the first time ever, this bill would restrict how women with private insurance can spend their own private dollars in purchasing health care. It has to stop.

Help us send a message to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and the rest of the House Republicans that their repeated insistence on restricting women’s access to health care has consequences.

Thank you standing with us.

Taryn

Taryn Rosenkranz
Dept. of Grassroots Activism

The fiends!!. They want to deny women needed healthcare, just because the Republicans hate women. I wonder though. This wouldn’t have anything to do with making sure the tax payers are not paying for abortions, would it? No matter. Nancy Pelosi has said the Republicans want women to die on the emergency room floors and I am sure she wouldn’t lie or exaggerate. I’ll send that $3 right away.

More Appeals

September 30, 2011

I am still getting e-mail from the Democrats begging me for money. One of them is from none other than James Carville.

Thought experiment: Picture Washington under total Tea Party control.

Mitch McConnell will privatize Social Security. Jim DeMint will end Medicare. And kiss the EPA goodbye since Tea Partiers think clean water tramples on their constitutional right to be poisoned. The Tea Party’s like kudzu – you give ’em an inch, they take MILES.

They get their crazy ideas through the House, and the Senate stops ’em. Thing is, they flip four seats, and their ideas will fly right on through. Our little thought experiment becomes an ugly-as-sin reality.

What you chose to do in the next 12 hours will determine who controls the Senate – Tea Party Republicans, or the rest of us. The DSCC’s still $75,000 short of its September goal. Your immediate gift – which will be matched – could put Democrats over the top. Don’t give, and the Tea Party just got tougher to beat. Your choice, folks.

This is from the man who told President Obama to panic after last week’s special election and said Obama should fire people (who?) and indict people.

There are certain people in American finance who haven’t been held responsible for utterly ruining the economic fabric of our country. Demand from the attorney general a clear status of the state of investigation concerning these extraordinary injustices imposed upon the American people. I know Attorney General Eric Holder is a close friend of yours, but if his explanations aren’t good, fire him too. Demand answers to why no one has been indicted.

Mr. President, people are livid. Tell people that you, too, are angry and sickened by the irresponsible actions on Wall Street that caused so much suffering. Do not accept excuses. Demand action now.

In other words, don’t worry if any actual crimes have been committed. Just indict people to help with your reelection.

As I watch the Republican debates, I realize that we are on the brink of a crazy person running our nation. I sit in front of the television and shudder at the thought of one of these creationism-loving, global-warming-denying, immigration-bashing, Social-Security-cutting, clean-air-hating, mortality-fascinated, Wall-Street-protecting Republicans running my country.

The course we are on is not working. The hour is late, and the need is great. Fire. Indict. Fight.

I don’t think the crazy person is in the Republican debates, except for Ron Paul.  Frankly, getting federal spending under control and getting the EPA off our backs sounds a whole lot saner than what the Democrats are doing, spending us into bankruptcy. As for James Carville, I think his wife, Mary Matalin, should make sure he is taking his meds.

 

A Plea from Nancy Pelosi

September 27, 2011

I am still getting e-mail from prominent Democrats begging me to contribute.Evidently, in three days, they have to file with the FEC and they hope to get good numbers. This time I got an e-mail from none other than Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House.

Enough is enough.

For the third time in 10 months, House Republicans pushed our government to the brink of a shutdown to put their radical agenda ahead of the American people’s interests.

While Democrats worked to secure disaster relief funding, House Republicans insisted on holding these critical funds hostage in a cynical ploy to advance their agenda.

It’s never been clearer why we need a Democratic House Majority. We cannot afford another two years with a Republican Majority that recklessly brings us to the brink of a government shutdown unless their radical ideological demands are met.

Friday’s FEC filing deadline is only 72 hours away and we are still $171,984 away from our $1 Million grassroots goal. It is critical that we have a powerful showing of grassroots strength.

I am not sure that the representative from the Congressional district that includes most of San Francisco is in much of a position to say what is extreme or radical. They do seem to be increasingly desperate though. I wonder how their overall fundraising is going.

 

Desparate Donkeys

September 21, 2011

From the e-mail I have been getting, I think the Democrats are starting to be a little worried about their prospects in the next election.

Let me sum up this week for you:

President Obama: JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.
The Republican Party: NO, NO, NO.

President Obama presented his plan. The only plan Republicans have put forward is to say no to President Obama and yes to big corporations calling the shots, undermining the social safety net we pay for with our taxes, and, if you get sick: you’re on your own. In short: their plan is an assault on our values.

Their vision is dangerous – and we’re in danger of it becoming reality if Republicans flip just FOUR Senate seats in 2012. We can’t let that happen.

That’s why the DSCC needs your help to raise $585,000 before Sept. 30 so we can make sure Democrats don’t lose races that we can win. We literally can’t afford to fall short.

Please give $5, $10 or whatever you can give to the DSCC right now. The DSCC has only 10 days to raise $585,000 and fight the GOP’s assault on our values.

Rick Perry calls Social Security a “Ponzi scheme” and Mitt Romney compares it to a criminal enterprise. And now one GOP Congressman is complaining that President Obama’s plan would force him to live on just $400,000 a year.  Once again the GOP just doesn’t understand the challenges Americans are facing today.

2012 will decide whether we focus on creating jobs, like Democrats want, or protecting millionaires and big corporations, like Republicans demand. We can win.  But we need your help.

Please give $5, $10 or whatever you can give to the DSCC right now. The DSCC has only 10 days to raise $585,000 and fight the GOP’s assault on our values.

There are many reasons we’re Democrats. But perhaps one of the most important is this: We know that a strong middle class makes our country stronger.  Thanks for joining me to fight for what we believe in.

Sincerely,

Karen Finney

How punishing millionaires and big corporations is going bring more jobs is beyond me. And, Social Security is indeed a ponzi scheme. The sooner we admit it, the sooner we can fix it. I don’t think raising $585,000 is going to help them all that much. the problem isn’t communication. the problem is that their ideas have been tried and they just don’t work.

Tea Party Terrorists

August 10, 2011

I guess the golden age of civility is over. The latest meme coming from the Democrats is the the Tea Partiers are terrorists and hostage takers who brought the economy to the edge of ruin with their stubborn and unreasonable insistence that the government actually start to balance the budget.

First we have Joe Biden.

Biden, driven by his Democratic allies’ misgivings about the debt-limit deal, responded: “They have acted like terrorists.”

Biden’s office initially declined to comment about what the vice president said inside the closed-door session, but after POLITICO published the remarks, spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said: “The word was used by several members of Congress. The vice president does not believe it’s an appropriate term in political discourse.”

He didn’t say it. He only agreed when other Democrats said it.

Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

Considering that we are $14 trillion in debt and rising, I would certainly wish it were impossible to spend any more money.

John Kerry not only thinks Tea Partiers are terrorist but also that the media shouldn’t cover them.

“And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.”

“It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?”

It’s too bad we don’t have enlightened individuals to decide what should be covered and what shouldn’t. I suppose this would be a lot easier if the government owned all the newspapers and radio and television stations, like in China. I am sure the Chinese aren’t bothered by a lot of coverage of anti-government protests.

What bothers me about this name calling is that these are the same sort of people who wasted no time blaming Sarah Palin for the Tucson shooting, based on a map on her website. Now, what do you do with terrorists and hostage takers? Well, you shoot them. Does that mean that the next time some SEIU thug beats someone up at a Tea Party rally I can blame the Democrats for their intemperate remarks that produce a climate of hate?

Lightbulb Bill Likely Headed for Defeat in House

July 12, 2011

From the Hill through Instapundit.

It would seem that we may not get to keep our nice incandescent light bulbs after all.

House Democrats on Monday indicated strong opposition to a controversial bill to repeal federal lightbulb standards, which could lead to the defeat of the measure in an expected Tuesday vote.

The Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 2417 would end federal bulb standards passed in 2007 that Republicans have since held up as a prime example of federal overreach. House Republicans brought up the bill under a suspension of the rules, which requires two-thirds of voting members to support it.

That means even though a majority might support it, it is unlikely to be approved Tuesday in light of Democratic opposition.

Suspension votes are generally reserved for non-controversial bills, although this is not the first time Republicans have risked failure by putting a bill on the suspension calendar. In February, for example, the House rejected two bills in this manner — one instructing the Obama administration to seek repayment from the United Nations, and other to extend Patriot Act surveillance authorities.

During Monday’s debate on the lightbulb bill, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and other Republicans said federal standards will have the effect of banning incandescent bulbs next year, since they will be unable to meet energy standards that take effect then. Barton said this is a problem because compact fluorescent bulbs and others than can meet the standards are several times more expensive.

Do  the Democrats really even want to win next year’s elections? The ban on incandescent light bulbs is virtually a symbol of the over-aggressive, intrusive, nanny-state government that most Americans detest. I can’t imagine why they would want to give the Republicans this issue to run on.

By the way, I still hate the squiggly compact fluorescent light bulbs.


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