Video from markup of the Views and Estimates of the Committee on Financial Services on Matters to be Set Forth in the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal year 2012. Republican Congressman Scott Garrett (NJ-5th District) falsely claims that a study by the SEC requesting more funding is requesting... less funding.
Transcript: The solution to most any problem, it seems over the last four years while you were in power, is to not hold people accountable, not to make them more efficient, not to live up to the standards that Congress set for them through statute, but instead simply to do basically what the ranking member is doing today, let's give them more money. Well what the report is saying is just the opposite of that. They're saying that has been the tried and failed policies of the past: If you keep on funding the agency and not holding them accountable, that they will fail again. And that's why they failed in 2008. We on the other hand are taking the report to heart. We are reading the report and recognizing that they are setting out a whole list of parameters that must be met, a whole series of initiatives that must be taken in order to become more efficient and optimized in their operations, but before we give them more [inaudible], before we allow them to have more money to spend to their various programs, we are going to hold them accountable.
I noticed there was not a single group for people making what we at Sum of Change have come to call Grassroots Video. By that, we mean video of, from, and for the grassroots community. We're talking protests, demonstrations, rallies, house meetings, interviews with activists, documentaries, conferences, and anywhere you find grassroots organizers in action.
WASHINGTON, DC: Demonstrations were planned in over 60 U.S. cities today to show solidarity with workers in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and wherever workers' rights are under attack. I stopped in at the Rally to Save the American Dream here in DC, at Dupont Circle, where we heard from a number of speakers, including Van Jones.
As a reporter for Sum of Change, I am always the one behind the camera speaking with grassroots activists about issues that matter deeply to them. Yesterday, the roles were flipped when I was called in for my first television appearance by RT America. They wanted to talk about President Obama and why he is not demonstrating more leadership when it comes to the labor protests spreading across the country. In the days before this, I had traveled to Ohio to cover the events there. Folks at RT had seen our coverage and wanted to chat with me. Here's hoping the big orange beast can take their embed code:
COLUMBUS, OH: I am on the ground in Ohio, here to cover the protests for the couple days that I can afford to be away from DC. Today, despite a persistent rain, demonstrators lined the sidewalk outside of the Capitol Building in Columbus to voice their opposition to Senate Bill 5 which threatens state employees' bargaining rights. Today's protest was a lead up to tomorrow, when thousands are expected to descend on Columbus.
Last week, we attended a candidate forum for candidates in the special election for Washington, DC's At-Large City Council. We were hosted by DC for Democracy, Greater Greater Washington, and theDC Environmental Network. This event was streamed live and you can watch the entire recording of that livefeed here. Below, you will find videos broken out by question. We have posted every question that was asked, in the order it was asked. Enjoy!
I was honored today to join folks from DC for Democracy, the local Democracy for America affiliate, to personally deliver over 23,000 thank you notes to Senator Russ Feingold. Shortly after the the 2010 election, Jim Dean asked DFA members from all across the country to send the Senator messages of appreciation. In an email to all members, he wrote:
Last Tuesday, election day, some voters in Maryland were listening to a robo-call telling them that "Governor O'Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met." That evening, we received a recording of the call in question, which you can hear for yourself in our video report or on our website.
Early voting in Maryland, new for the state, started this morning. The numbers we are seeing so far bode well for Democrats. We have received reports of 20 minutes lines in Bowie (second highest turnout in Prince George's County so far) and poll workers in Rockville tell us it has been busier than they expected.
I just got off the phone with a few of the County Boards of Elections, and the initial numbers confirm these reports. If you compare Prince George's County, one of the most pro-Obama counties in '08, with Carroll County, one of the most pro-McCain in '08, you can see what I mean.
When Meg Whitman was asked about recent reports that she had employed an illegal immigrant and may or may not have been aware of that status, she reacted sharply:
"Jerry, you should be ashamed," Whitman said. "You and your surrogates put her deportation at risk. You put her out there. You should be ashamed for sacrificing Nicky Diaz on the altar of your political ambitions."
She went on to ask what she should have done, if she should have called INS and had Nicky Diaz deported.