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Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 09:44 AM PDT

Tax Cut Hypocrisy

by evandmiller

Earlier, Jed Lewison wrote that "Republicans want to raise your taxes." His headline was exactly right - we should continue to call them out.

The same Republicans who demanded an extension of the Bush tax cuts for the rich want to let the payroll tax cut expire, a move that would raise taxes on working families and kill jobs across the country.

Republicans are insisting that the payroll tax cut expire, a move that would raise taxes on working families and kill jobs across the country.

Click here to play the game - “Who wants to raise your taxes!” - and to sign our petition telling these jokers in Congress to quit playing games with American workers.

The Associated Press wrote yesterday: “Many of the same Republicans who fought hammer-and-tong to keep the George W. Bush-era income tax cuts from expiring on schedule are now saying a different 'temporary' tax cut should end as planned. By their own definition, that amounts to a tax increase.”

It’s further proof that Republicans care more about the rich than American families, who will have to pay an average of $1,000 more a year to the federal government if the tax cut isn’t renewed.

Sign the petition to tell the jokers in Congress to stop playing games with America’s workers.


Senator Claire McCaskill continues to ignore America's need for new jobs, instead focusing on reducing the deficit through spending cuts.

If you haven't already, sign our petition to tell Sen. McCaskill to stand up for jobs.

Just days after she dismissed the idea of a jobs bill in Congress, Senator McCaskill doubled down, saying, "The American people have now figured out that deficits matter."

But 67 percent of Americans say they would rather see Congress focus on job creation than the deficit, according to a recent poll.

After years of running up the deficit, Congress is looking to reduce the deficit the exact wrong way - through shared pain, rather than shared gain. Creating jobs will not only put our economy on the path to recovery but will also reduce the deficit over time.

If Democrats like Senator McCaskill cave to the Tea Party and fail to stand up for jobs, there will be no new jobs. And, as the New York Times recently wrote, "Without more jobs, both the economy and the budget will deteriorate further."

Help us keep the pressure on McCaskill by sharing our petition on Facebook and Twitter.


Senator Bernie Sanders announced that he joined 22 senators in calling for the congressional super committee to make jobs the top priority.

"Let us be very clear: our fiscal challenge is directly linked to the jobs crisis and we cannot solve the former without tackling the latter," the senators wrote in a letter to Leader McConnell.

The complete list of senators who signed the letter is after the jump. These senators should be awarded for trying to shift the conversation towards jobs, and hopefully it works. Unfortunately, not every senator signed on to this letter. Senator Claire McCaskill, for example, is already throwing in the towel on a jobs bill. Daily Kos teamed up with Jobs Now PAC to tell her to stand up for jobs. Sign our petition here.

After that, make sure your senator knows that you support a jobs agenda. And if you can, call the senators below and thank them for standing up for jobs.

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Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM PDT

A different type of jobs campaign

by evandmiller

UPDATE 2: Just one day and over 500 members! We're starting this from scratch, and have been blown away by the support. This is the beginning of a true grassroots effort. Spread the word!

UPDATE: A great article on today's campaign from Broward New Times.

Hi, this is Evan Miller. I'm part of a team of recent college graduates working to start Jobs Now PAC, a political action committee that will give a voice to the 26 million Americans who are out of work or underemployed. We're different than the big liberal groups that routinely hit you up for money: we're young, have no money, and can only claim a small network.

But we've experienced firsthand the problems that Americans face in finding work: a job market over-saturated with talented, experienced individuals and lacking in new opportunities; an economy still reeling from the Great Recession; a government of disconnected elites who have lost sight of their responsibility to create jobs or, worse, would keep their constituents jobless in order to win elections.

Today, we're launching a campaign to demand that members of Congress return from their undeserved vacation to fulfill their promise to create jobs.

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Yesterday, House Republican leader John Boehner said:

"I'm still trying to find the first American to talk to who's in favor of the public option....I've not talked to one and I get to a lot of places."

A lot of places, except...his home state of Ohio, where 57% of voters favor the public option...and all of America, where 65% of people favor it.

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Organizing for America has dropped the demand for the public option from their open letter to members of Congress. As recently as Sept. 11, the letter featured on OFA's Health Care Action Center stated that health care reform must:

"Guarantee choice - Every American must have the freedom to choose their plan and doctor - including the choice of a public insurance option."

A cached version of OFA's site from Sept. 11 can be viewed here.

Below is a screen shot of the original letter:

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Found this idea over at Open Left. I don't think such act has been tried here (correct me if I'm wrong).

I feel like this practice should be more commonplace among community blogs. We'll see if it catches on.

List and hyperlink your twitter handle in a comment below. Here is mine: EvanDavidMiller

After you post, you should probably twitter about it...


Amidst the smothering coverage of President Obama's speech in Cairo, there was a very fiery exchange between MSNBC host Tamron Hall and Republican strategist Alex Conant.

During a conversation about radio host and de facto GOP leader Rush Limbaugh's comments comparing President Obama to Al-Qaeda, Alex begins reminiscing about Limbaugh's challenge to MSNBC to not mention his name on air for 30 days.

Hall fired back:

"We have a right to cover people who are speaking out. This has nothing to do with this network. You tell me now if it is right -- stop -- to compare the President of the United States to Al-Qaeda. Do not try to call out this network for doing our job. Many people listen to this man, we have a responsibility to report all sides."

Watch the entire exchange here, it is quite amusing. Plus, Bill Press said "balls" on-air:


Adam Green did great work coining the term cancer-gate to describe Arlen Specter tricking the public into thinking they were funding cancer research when really they were funding his 2010 reelection campaign.

It seems that Specter will do anything to get reelected.

Join myself and Andrew Perez, founders of The New Argument in demanding that Specter give that money to its rightful recipients - an organization that actually works to advance medical research.

Sign the letter at

While you there, go to to tell specter to support a public healthcare plan!


Breaking news - the National Republican Senatorial Committee has given up on Norm Coleman! For the past few months, the NRSC has been pushing their visitors to a donate page supporting Coleman's efforts. Now, with the most recent court decision going in Al Franken's favor, it seems that the GOP doesn't want to urge anymore of their supporters to fund a lost cause.

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The guys over at Teabag Fox News saw the mention I gave them in an earlier diary and sent over this video:

I think it's pretty funny.

I'm interested to see how Fox News is going to respond to all of this and if this group is going to continue to fight back during the July 4th parties.

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Overt the past week, there has been a lot said about the tax-day tea parties. Here is my attempt at a complete round-up of facts and coverage from the protests.

Nate Silver has used reports from local newspapers to compile a list documenting how many were in attendance at each party. As of now Atlanta, GA comes in first with approximately 15,000 people showing up to teabag the White House. Silver estimates the nation-wide grand total to be over 300,000 strong.

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