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BFD

June 2, 2014

Jim Messina is imitating Joe Biden now. As well he might. After all, it is not every day that the President takes steps to destroy the national economy and raises energy prices for everybody.

David —

This is a BFD:

The New York Times is calling President Obama’s plan “the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change” — he’s proposing new EPA standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single biggest source of the pollution in the United States that causes climate change.

David, it should come as no surprise that polluters and groups that like things the way they are have already started fighting this with everything they’ve got. The best thing we can do is show just how many Americans believe this is the right thing to do.

Add your name right now — stand with President Obama and support aggressive action to fight climate change.

Announcements like this are why we all do this work. It’s proof that grassroots organizing really does pay off. Climate change activists have fought for years for EPA standards on carbon pollution — and this week President Obama is making it a reality.

This fight is about our future, but the effects of climate change are being felt right now — it’s linked to stronger weather, from more frequent and severe droughts to floods, storms, and wildfires.

It’s affecting public health, too. Over the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. Over half of all Americans live in an area where air pollution levels are too often unhealthy to breathe.

But while we place limits on dangerous air pollution like mercury, arsenic, and lead, existing power plants have had no national restrictions on the amount of carbon pollution they can emit.

None at all — until now.

The President’s plan promises to cut carbon pollution from power plants for the first time, setting a new standard for action on climate change.

As I write this, powerful interests on the other side are lining up their dirty budgets to try to tear this down. They have plenty of allies in Congress that will try to stop us.

I’m asking everyone who cares about this fight to stand up and say so today — stand with President Obama and new carbon pollution standards:

http://my.barackobama.com/Support-Carbon-Pollution-Standards

Thanks,

Messina

Jim Messina
Chair
Organizing for Action

P.S. — We’ve all been fighting for big action to fight climate change — something that will really make a difference. This is it — add your name today and let’s fight for it.

I have said it before and I guess I will have to say it again and again. Mercury, arsenic and lead are pollutants that are hazardous to human health. Various industrial processes can greatly increase the amounts of these substances in the environment to concentrations far greater than they are normally found in nature.It makes sense to regulate the emissions of substances like mercury, lead or arsenic. Carbon dioxide is a compound that is a naturally occurring component of the Earth’s atmosphere. It is harmless to human health and indeed is necessary for life to exist on this planet. Since virtually every industrial process produces some carbon dioxide as does animal respiration, trying to regulate carbon dioxide emissions is pointless, unless you want to establish some sort of totalitarian control over every part of the economy or you want to reverse the industrial revolution.

Notice just how dishonest Jim Messina is being in this e-mail. He states that half of all Americans live in areas where the air is too unhealthy to breathe, never mind that our air has been getting cleaner, and cites increasing numbers of Americans with asthma. He is conflating actual air pollution with increasing levels of carbon dioxide. As I said, carbon dioxide is harmless, unless you are in an enclosed space without ventilation, or are unfortunate enough to encounter a large cloud of carbon dioxide that has been released by a volcano or stagnant lake. Either he is ignorant or he hopes you aren’t paying attention.

This is certainly a fight about our future. These new restrictions on power plants will almost certainly make many power plants more expensive to operate, if they are not shut down altogether which will translate into higher prices for electricity for all of us, which means higher prices for just about everything, and fewer jobs for everyone to pay the higher prices.

There’s that hope and change we were promised!

 

 

 

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Team Obamacare

December 16, 2013

Organizing for Action‘s  Truth Team wants me to spread the truth about Obamacare’s amazing success far and wide.

David —

Here’s an Obamacare number that’s hard to argue with:

1.2 million.

That’s how many Americans have signed up for coverage so far since October, according to new data released this week.

This is exactly why people like us fought so hard for reform for so long — to actually help people get better, more affordable care. These are results worth writing home, or at least on Facebook and Twitter, about.

Share this number far and wide today:

The anti-Obamacare crowd might have more money than our side does, but they don’t have numbers like this. This is great news, and shows we’re definitely moving in the right direction — but we’re not done yet. So while they keep running their messaging wars with deception and scare tactics, there’s nothing better than fighting back with facts like this.

Share the news about these 1.2 million Americans with your friends and family on Facebook:

http://my.barackobama.com/Share-this-Number-FB

Or tweet it out:

http://my.barackobama.com/Share-this-Number-TW

Seriously, thanks for all your help.

Erin

Erin Hannigan
Health Care Campaign Manager
Organizing for Action

They also want me to join Team Obamacare.

David —

It’s almost unthinkable that some people wake up every day determined to take away access to affordable health care from millions of Americans.

But it’s happening. Interest groups have spent almost $10 million against health care reform just this year.

They’re outspending us — but they’re not going to beat us. If you’ve ever cared about health care reform before, you should step up again right now.

Join Team Obamacare, and let’s fight back:

http://my.barackobama.com/Team-Obamacare

Thanks,

Lindsay

Lindsay Siler
National Director of Issue Campaigns
Organizing for Action

I notice that they are trying to portray themselves as just a plucky little group of activists fighting the big money interests and I have to wonder who they think they are trying to kid. Organizing for Action is just Barack Obama’s campaign team renamed and made over to help enact Barack Obama’s agenda. It’s head, Jim Messina, was Obama’s campaign manager and it’s executive director, Jon Carson, was a White House staffer. The whole operation is practically run from the White House. Maybe they are being outspent, I wouldn’t be too sure about that, but with the kind of connections they have, they really don’t need to raise much money, except to pay the salaries of their top officials.

 

Emails from the Democrats

January 17, 2013

I had thought that my friends in the Democratic Party had forgotten all about me since I have hardly gotten an email from them since the election. I am happy to say that this is not this case. They need me to stand with Barack Obama in his fight against the nefarious NRA.

Breaking Washington Post Headline: “NRA planning ‘the fight of the century’”

friend — Today, we have the momentum to take monumental steps toward reducing gun violence.

But the NRA and their army of lobbyists are working to tear any proposal to shreds. If we don’t stand up to the NRA immediately, they will destroy our chance to stop gun brutality. But the window of opportunity is so small that I need you to act right now so it doesn’t slip away.

Sign the petition and denounce the NRA immediately. Stand with Democrats who want to reduce gun violence. Let’s get 100,000 signatures by midnight tonight!

The NRA will do anything to demolish common-sense gun laws. They even released a repulsive ad that calls President Obama an “elitist hypocrite,” and uses his children as political pawns.

If we want to reduce gun violence, we must stand united against the NRA. Add your name right away so we can reach 100,000 grassroots supporters by midnight tonight.

Thanks for your support,
Guy Cecil

I can think of many other groups that have armies of lobbyists and at least the NRA doesn’t pay for their political action by taking money from people who are compelled to be members as the labor unions do. In any case the reason the NRA is so politically powerful is not so much because they hire so many lobbyists but because so many Americans happen to agree with their position on the second amendment.

I have not seen the NRA ad, so I do not know if it is repulsive or not. President Obama is using other people’s children as political pawns so he is hardly in a position to complain. He does indeed come across as a elitist hypocrite by denying parents the same right to protect their children as he enjoys. The president’s children are in more danger than others of having some harm come to them because of who their father is and I am sure that no one begrudges them their protective detail from the Secret Service. However, other people’s children are in danger and if parents feel that their children would be safer with armed guards in their schools, the same privilege that all the students at Sidwell Friends School and other elite private schools enjoy, why shouldn’t they be permitted to have armed guards?

I also got a message from Jim Messina.

David —

Yesterday, President Obama announced his plan to protect our children and our communities by helping reduce gun violence.

We won’t stop every violent act like the one in Newtown, Connecticut. But if we can save the life of even one child, the President believes each of us has a responsibility to take action.

People like you spoke out and demanded action. Your input, along with ideas from leaders and policymakers across the political spectrum, went into the President’s plan.

Learn more about the plan, and say you stand with President Obama in tackling this critical issue.

Most gun owners use their guns safely and responsibly, and the President believes firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights.

But common-sense changes can go a long way in keeping our streets and our schools safer — and there’s too much at stake to stand by and wait for action.

The President will not wait. Yesterday, he signed 23 executive actions to start moving our country in the right direction. And he’s calling on Congress to act on four legislative measures — closing background check loopholes, banning military-style assault weapons, making our schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services — right away.

Take a look at the President’s plan to reduce gun violence, and stand with him in support:

http://my.barackobama.com/Gun-Reform

More soon,

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager

Obama for America

I thought the campaign was over. This idea that if we can just can just save one life we should do it is truly dumb. There is no consideration here of any sort of cost/benefit analysis. The question to ask  is what benefits we gain from an action at what cost and if the benefits are worth the cost. There are a great many things we could do that would save lives. We could pass a national speed limit of 20 miles per hour. We could outlaw, not only all guns, but knives, clubs, and every sharp object. Setting up a North Korean style police state could save many lives. None of these measures would be worth the cost in freedom and difficulty of enforcing them.

This may seem like a cold, hard hearted way of looking at things, but each individual human life is not of infinite value. Anyone who has been responsible for creating safety measures knows that you have to balance the number of lives potentially saved against the increased costs that such measures will produce. Environmental regulations cannot be designed to remove all traces of pollutions but can only reduce the amount of pollution in the environment to acceptable levels. A policy that saves only one life is probably not the most effective policy.

Now, of course, to every parent, their children are of infinite value. That is understandable. Policies, however, ought not to made by emotional appeals and quick action but by carefully considering what works best with the most acceptable costs, in other words, the exact opposite of what President Obama and his supporters are doing.

Jim Messina Thanks Me

November 9, 2012

Jim Messina wants to thank me for the hard  work I have done for the Obama campaign.

David —

President Obama made a surprise visit to the campaign office in Chicago yesterday to give a heartfelt thank-you to staff and volunteers.

I wanted to pass this video along, because it’s a message every single person who helped build this campaign deserves to see. He wasn’t just talking to those of us in the office — he was talking to all of you.

In his speech on Election Night, President Obama gave you all the title you have spent the last year and a half earning:

“The best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics.”

So many times in this election, this campaign was counted out. They said our supporters wouldn’t turn out, and we’d never see the kind of voter participation we saw in 2008. They said we’d be buried in money and special-interest influence. And they said that no campaign could overcome the political headwinds we faced.

Last year, a major American newspaper asked, “Is Obama toast?” As recently as two weeks ago, another ran this headline: “Can Obama win?”

Tuesday night, you all answered all of those doubts with a resounding YES WE CAN. By knocking on doors, organizing phone banks, and chipping in a few bucks when you could, you built a campaign that is unparalleled. And you re-elected our president.

You also proved that millions of ordinary people taking ownership of a cause is still the most powerful force in our political process. You showed that grassroots organizing and small donations are not only the right way to win, but also the most effective way.

How we got here must guide where we go. If we’re going to accomplish the things America voted for on Tuesday, you’ve got to be even more involved in getting them done than you were in giving us all the chance.

We’ll be in touch soon about how we can get started on some of the President’s top priorities in his second term.

For now, I just want to say I am so proud of this team. And I can’t wait to see where you take this incredible movement from here.

Thank you — more to come,

Messina

Jim Messina
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

You’re welcome Jim. Now, go back to that playground you were lurking in.

 

Attackwatch

September 14, 2011

Yesterday, I got an e-mail from Jim Messina, the campaign manager for Obama for America.

David —

Remember the claims that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States?

Or that health care reform — a law that brings down costs and improves health care for all Americans — would help “pull the plug on grandma”?

If he had released his birth certificate two years ago, the claims that he wasn’t born in the United States never would have gotten as much attention as they did. I wonder if I told Mr. Messina that I had a bag of magic beans that I would be willing to sell him, if he would believe me. That makes about as much sense as believing that “health care reform” can simultaneously lower costs and improve health care. But, on
to the message.

This campaign isn’t going to wait to find out what’s coming. We’re building a program right now to snuff out these false attacks the moment they start, fight back against distortions of the President’s record, and mobilize our supporters around the truth.

It’s called AttackWatch.com — and if you have an interest in seeing lies about President Obama countered, you should give it a close look.

Will you visit AttackWatch.com today and sign up to fight back on the President’s behalf?

Yes, I want to help respond to attacks on the President.

Not right now, but I can donate $5 to fund the 2012 campaign and support this work.

Not right now, but I want to check out AttackWatch.com.

Being a part of AttackWatch.com is simple. Just visit the site when you see a new attack on the President. If we’ve heard it before, you’ll be able to download all the facts and resources you need to fight back. If we haven’t, you can be the first to let us know about it.

You can also sign up to be on the front lines as attacks develop — we’ll be in touch in the months ahead with new tips for how to spread the truth to your friends and neighbors.

I am so tempted to join attackwatch and see what kind of stories I can make up. Republicans say Obama is a lizard man from Alpha Centauri! They are running ads accusing Michelle Obama of really being a man!

It would be fun but judging from the derision this is attracting, see here, here here, and I’m sure many other places, I imagine that this effort will soon be consigned to the memory hole.

Best of the Web from the Wall Street Journal picked this up too.I wonder if the people who came up this this thought about the probable reactions they would get.

In a related note, President Obama wants to have dinner with me.

David —

Supporters like you are the reason I’m here, and the values we share have always made our organization more than just a political campaign.

So whenever I can, I want to take the opportunity to meet you. Last month, that meant I got to talk to folks in Iowa about small-business opportunities, and sit down with a group of volunteers from around the country who helped build this campaign in their communities this summer.

Today, I want to ask if you’ll join me and three other supporters for a meal and conversation sometime soon.

He’s asking for a donation to his campaign, of course, but you can enter without contributing, so I entered. My chances of winning are about the same as winning a lottery, but it would be fun to meet him, and tell him what I think of the job he’s doing.


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