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Raising the Minimum

August 8, 2013

Organizing for Action wants to raise the minimum wage.

David —

Let’s do something about this:

Even though our economy is on its way back, millions of Americans — people who work full time — are still living well below the poverty line.

That’s because they earn the minimum wage — something designed to help make sure that any American willing to work hard and play by the rules has enough to make ends meet. That’s not the reality right now for way too many people.

If a living wage is something you can get behind, then you should join the fight to raise the minimum wage.

President Obama is helping to lead on this issue — and dozens of allied organizations have been working hard to get a minimum wage increase passed by Congress.

There’s a lot to do, and OFA supporters are going to play a big role in making this happen.

If this is something that matters to you, add your name today and help fight for a better bargain for working Americans:

http://my.barackobama.com/Raise-the-Minimum-Wage

Thanks — more soon,

Jon

Jon Carson
Executive Director
Organizing for Action

Actually, thanks to the president’s signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, a lot of people have had to be content with part time work. But I think raising the minimum wage is a terrific idea. Why not increase the cost of labor so that companies have to raise prices or hire fewer people? Maybe we can get unemployment back above 8% again. Maybe, if we raise it enough, we can have another recession. Many people on minimum wage are young people just entering the job market. If we make it harder for them to find jobs, they can live at home with their parents. We could offer them unlimited unemployment benefits and get an entire generation dependent on the government for survival. Sounds like a plan.

What I am going to say now may seem mean. I hope not, since that is not my intention. I think that if you are living on minimum wage and are not just entering the work force, then something is wrong. You should take stock of yourself and consider what skills and experience you may have that will get you a job that pays better than minimum wage. If you do not have such skills or experience, then you need to find out how to get them. You should also take a look at your work ethic. Do you show up for work on time? Do you perform the duties of your job, and maybe a little more? Are you someone your boss can depend upon? If not, than you must become the sort of person that people can rely on. Whatever you do, I think that you can do better than minimum wage.

This is the difference between Jon Carson’s outlook and mine. People like him want you to work for minimum wage and look to the government for any improvement in your pitiful life. I think you can do better than that. I think that if you apply yourself, you can earn a living wage.

 

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Organizing for Action

January 21, 2013

I have been invited to participate in a grassroots organization to help President Obama get his agenda passed. I feel so privileged.

David —

I’m Jon Carson, the new executive director of Organizing for Action.

I hope you’re as excited as I am for this new organization, and for what our grassroots movement can accomplish in the next four years.

If you haven’t already, you should check out this short video First Lady Michelle Obama recorded about our organization, and then say you’re on board.

Just a little bit about me. I’m a Wisconsin guy, and I grew up on a farm in the western part of the state. In 2007, I joined Barack Obama’s campaign and served as the national field director. After the election, I went to work for the President in the White House, most recently in the Office of Public Engagement.

That brings me to now, when very soon, my family and I will be moving back to Chicago as I start this new role with all of you.

I first joined the President’s campaign because I was inspired by his belief that ordinary people have the power to change our country if we work together to get it done — and that belief will be at the core of this new organization as it unfolds.

And the way we’ll get it done can be summed up in one word: local.

That means each city or region will have its own OFA chapter, and you’ll decide the issues your community cares about most, the work you want to do to make progress on them, and the kind of support you’ll need to get it done.

At a neighborhood and regional level, OFA members will grow their local chapters, bringing in new leaders and helping train a new generation of volunteers and organizers to help fight for the issues at stake.

There’ll be times when we pull together at the national level to get President Obama’s back on passing major legislation, like reducing gun violence or immigration reform. And we’ll all work to help transform Washington from the outside while strengthening our economy and creating jobs.

But for the most part, the direction our work takes will be completely in your hands — with the support of this organization behind you every step of the way.

In the next few weeks and months, I’ll be asking for your input on putting together an OFA plan for 2013, we’ll be holding online briefings about the issues we want to tackle, and we’ll start organizing on those issues as they’re debated in D.C.

But for right now, I just want to say thanks and welcome. There’s a lot to be done, without a doubt — and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be part of OFA with you.

Take a look at the video the First Lady recorded this week, and go ahead — say you’re in:

http://my.barackobama.com/Organizing-for-Action

I’ll be in touch soon.

Thanks,

Jon

Jon Carson
Executive Director
Organizing for Action

If you thought the campaign was over last November, than you are about to be seriously disappointed. The campaign never ends nowadays, and I guess we never get a break from politics anymore. I wonder though, what kind of grassroots organization is run out of the White House? Isn’t this better described as astroturfing?

 

 


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