Saturday Links from The Political Carnival
Go Alan Grayson!
The GOP lives for austerity and strives for cuts to and the eventual elimination of successful programs that so many Americans depend on. Their watchword: Privatize. Their goal: Union busting (Read: Ending Democratic fundraising) and destroying their own government. Their prize: Money and power. They salivate over the prospect of profiting off of the misfortune of others, the needs of their fellow citizens, the public programs that have worked better than their for-profit corporate schemes.
Austerity hasn't worked overseas, it hasn't worked here.
"...End the sequester."
"Washington does not normally see 300,000 people speak as one. I am your legs today, and to some extent I'm your voice, but I'm not the one who matters. What matters is that we work together... In numbers there is strength."
"...They're gonna have to listen."
Now we have to make sure that everyone, including the White House, knows that the American people reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
In an effort led by Alan Grayson, 31 members of Congress have pledged to vote against legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits.
Let's make sure the White House knows we reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
If 100,000 of us sign this petition, Alan Grayson will deliver it to the White House.
The NRA's multi-year campaign to wave their wallets in Washington and block gun violence prevention policies has been almost unbeatable—until now.
Earlier I posted a video of Rachel Maddow who had a similar "until now" message. She also informed us of Wayne LaPierre's role as the rodeo clown who diverts our attention from those who manufacture and profit (and then donate that money) from the products that are used in the massacres and gun violence that are becoming all too prevalent: “Wayne LaPierre & NRA exist to make you think of anything other than gunmakers when you feel outraged by gun violence.”
Please watch the Maddow video, because it's a perfect companion to the one above in which this message to Congress couldn't be clearer:
"I'm a gun owner and a proud defender of the Second Amendment. For years, I've watched Congress take money from the NRA and then oppose any kind of reform that helps keep us safe. Well, after the Newtown massacre and the NRA's disgusting response, I've had enough." [...]
"The NRA doesn't speak for me, and they don't speak for the vast majority of Americans, so stop taking their money."
Acclaimed author, Berkeley professor, and Clinton-era Secretary of Labor Robert Reich lays out the what, why and how of the Fiscal "Cliff", the showdown in Congress that Republicans created to demand painful cuts in vital domestic programs in exchange for raising taxes on the top 2%. Learn the facts, and the best way out of this forced showdown.
Jobs come first. Prosperity, not austerity. Makes sense to me.
Oh, and it's a fiscal crossroads, not a cliff. At worst, it's a slope or a curb... or a hiccup. This is a self-created "crisis" that the GOP is trying to use in order to cut programs that are there for the health and welfare of American citizens who need assistance in order to, you know, live.
The first thing to know about the so-called "fiscal cliff" is that it's not a cliff—it's a choice. It's a choice between making the 1% richer at the expense of everyone else, or lifting up 100% of Americans. It's a choice between American prosperity and European austerity.
In this sharp new video, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich breaks down the fiscal choice in 2 minutes and 30 seconds—with pictures too. And he gives Democrats the inside scoop on how to fight and win this fiscal showdown for the middle class.