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Security. This may be a tangent into a rant but let's start with at least a couple of facts. As people get older they do worry about their future and hoped for 'retirement' (social security). When we're young we think SS won't be there and we don't really care...it's a ways off. When we're getting there we check the letter from the government and think about it, often worry about it. We may think about surviving until we're on Medicare and can get treatment or at least see a doctor.

Our opposition knows this and that is why they use every fear tactic they can think of to get older people worried and scared. SS is going broke, the deficit, the Dems spending like there's no tomorrow. Forget about yesterday and the tax cuts for the rich while running wars, that has nothing to do with the economy in ruins. Look it's a year later and Obama has done Nothing. The more they can get the left and the right pissed off at Obama, the more they win. Let's see how this plays out....

When Obama was elected we celebrated and looked forward to some mighty big changes. Before he was elected we volunteered, donated, came to rallies, made phone calls, knocked on doors and in general had his back. We talked with our neighbors, we talked with people at work, at the gym, we may have been a little over the top but we were excited.

Now? not so much. We're split. Some defending the President, some attacking, some sitting it out and meanwhile Koch, Rove, Armey, etc just pile on the fear and the lies and push for a Republican majority. Why? So they can launch the investigation committees (Plural) and spread more lies. Why? Because it's all about the money. Not the economy, just who gets the money. Fear and lies, fear and lies until people buy it. Older folks are buying it and that's important because they vote. In mid term elections.

We know the attack is under way (see the Koch brothers, the Glen Becks, the Tea baggers, etc). There are diaries on all these folks. It's about making people scared (especially old people) and getting them to vote. Meanwhile, we carp and complain and carry on like there isn't an election in 9 weeks. We are (for the most part) not out organizing on volunteering in an endangered Congressional district, we're not talking about the good things Obama has done but focusing on the negatives. In short, we're losing.

There have been some great diaries on what Obama has done well and some on what he has not done so well but really, has he changed So Much? I don't think so but having worked for a Governor I can say one of the problems he faces is he is the President and can't wave a wand. there's the whole Federal government which does not exactly march in lock step. There's that bureaucracy thing and it is maddening at times.

There isn't a lot of time left. I suggest we defend what is working Remind ourselves of what Obama has done well ( I thought I had a great diary hotlinked but can't find it) but Lily Ledbetter, student loans, Health Care, keeping economy from going off the cliff, Financial Reform, COBRA/unemployment extensions and a lot more. Give time and money to a Congressional and make the commitment to talk to your retired or soon to be retired neighbors and folks you know. They vote and a bunch are scared.

There's about 9 weeks left and we're looking at waking up in Nov with another change election and we're not going to like it. We're hitting the road so I won't be around if this diary goes anywhere but have a nice weekend, hang in there and fight like hell. Seriously, if the specter of Tan Boehner (or wever his name is) isn't enough to get us going what if FDR had lost his first re-election in a national wave?

Originally posted to philinmaine on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 06:31 AM PDT.

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  •  Beat the Social Security drum (17+ / 0-)

    Tell every old person you know.

    1. Social Security is basically an insurance program. You pay it, it pays out.
    1. Republicans want to abolish it. They make no secret of that.
    1. Don't be fooled by their word for "abolish", which is "privatize." If W had been successful in "privatizing" Social Security, as he attempted, it would have been wiped out by the Bush stock market crash, and everyone now collecting a Social Security checks would now be on the streets collecting aluminum cans.
    •  great points n/t (4+ / 0-)

      Let your hopes, not your hurts, guide your future.

      by philinmaine on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 06:48:27 AM PDT

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    •  It's not "privatize" (5+ / 0-)

      Even the GOP won't go near that term anymore.  It didn't focus-group very well.  Frank Luntz has told them to use the word "personalize", or "personal accounts".  

      This is not news - they've been on this bandwagon since Bush's aborted attempt at the same thing back in 2006 (which was one of the primary drivers for electing a Dem majority in both the House and Senate).

      The difference this time is that the GOP has some blue dog Dem support on their side.

      Beware of the "personalize" route.  It's the same thing - tremendous wealth transfer from you (via your SS account) to the Wall Street casino.  This is a winning message, and can't be hammered enough between now and November.

      "When reality is your enemy, insanity is your refuge." -- blue aardvark

      by Richard Cranium on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 08:22:51 AM PDT

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  •  The rich don't care about Social Security (4+ / 0-)

    They have more than enough financial security without it.  Many of them get it because the current set of laws and the overall financial system keeps wages down for workers, and the fruit of labor is mostly transferred to the already well off.

    Social Security was meant to be a safety net.  When someone is calling for the removal of a safety net, always ask, "Who is then suddenly at risk, and who isn't?"

    Those calling to end this safety net aren't walking the high wire, and they don't care if the people who are, the majority of the people in this nation, should fall.  To those calling for the end of Social Security, the rest of us are expendable.  There is simply no nice way to put this attack on the heart of the nation.  It is cynical and heartless.

    "Trust only those who doubt" Lu Xun

    by LookingUp on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 06:54:42 AM PDT

  •  What many of them are scared of is the (0+ / 0-)

    future that faces their children or grandchildren.

    "Wait for the market to rebound" is not a winning way to adress those concerns.

    Without leadership and a realistic plan to put people back to work, we lose.  Not just with Seniors, but with them too.

    'Wall Street has just done a nose dive,' tell them, 'Those Republican organizations don't interest me in the least' Will Rogers advice to FDR

    by JesseCW on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 07:08:10 AM PDT

    •  children and grandchildren (0+ / 0-)

      gawd, who came up with that meme? I don't buy it. It's a typical catchphrase (one word?) that plays to emotion. Really? Are we all so really worried about our children and grandchildren? If only we actually felt that way it would be such a different and beautiful world. If only ALL decisions were made for the benefit of our children and grandchildren... it would be utopia. I'm sick of politicians using our children. Hey, maybe it's a diary. Or better yet, maybe next time sometimes uses that nebulous excuse they could identify the last 10 things they actually did for our 'children and grandchildren'

      you're gonna get what you give

      by chicagobleu on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 08:40:48 AM PDT

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      •  Want a list of the last ten things (1+ / 0-)
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        my granparents did for me?

        Because I haven't got kids or grandkids, but I do know plenty of older people who are a hell of a lot more worried about their kids UI benefits expiring than they are about whether their medicare coverage might change.

        'Wall Street has just done a nose dive,' tell them, 'Those Republican organizations don't interest me in the least' Will Rogers advice to FDR

        by JesseCW on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 09:03:14 AM PDT

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  •  Re Catfood Commission (2+ / 0-)
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    I expect GOP administrations to stiff us but Dem ones could at least be a little less enthusiastic.

    I see that you are into the:

    Donate
    Knock on Doors
    Vote
    Sit Down and Shut Up for 2 years
    Rinse and Repeat

    School of Democracy.

    •  Tha's me, too, EXCEPT for the sit down and (2+ / 0-)
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      shut up for two years part.

      I'm NOT happy with the crumbs we've been tossed from the Wall Street Bailout table, and not prosecuting the Bush regime is a stain on our national honor. That being said, I am firmly in f\ the
      Donate
      Knock on doors
      Phone (you forgot that one)
      VOTE!

      camp. We can hold on to our wishy-washy "majority" or we can lose it and get even less than we've gotten now. Or lose the crumbs we've been tossed. Yes, I'm working for fewer losses in 2010, do you have any better ideas?

  •  FDR Made Sure From Month 1 He'd Not Lose Re- (3+ / 0-)

    election or even his first midterms. He continued the periodic national radio Fireside Chats he'd been giving as governor, starting the month he swore in, and he gave them all through his Presidency.

    It's not 1933, of course Obama couldn't duplicate that specific policy, but as a generality it's obvious the Democrats needed to be messaging more and more effectively these past 2 years than they did.

    Well that's all in the history books, so now it's down to GOTV for the next 10 weeks. And we can always hope I suppose that they get some better ideas about communicating while governing looking ahead.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 07:56:31 AM PDT

    •  One of the problems is talking to intelligent (1+ / 0-)
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      educated adults, logically and rationally, when most of what your side has (just like theirs, no difference) is slogans and rhetorical game playing.

      Over a course of years I challenged this one GOP female and slowly brought her to see that the GOP wasn't people like her, that they policies were set from above, and that the stuff to which she replied "Well, I'm a Republican and I don't support that" was written in stone for the next few decades as GOP platform and policy. Eventually she came to question her support for the GOP when she disagreed with it on so many things.

      Good. right? Well, maybe not, because the Dems that are in power, in Congress and the Administration aren't helping.

      GOP is anti choice, but Dems are, well, um, ... GOP misuse state secrets claims, while Dems, well, em ... GOP believe in trickle down econ, but Dems, uh, well, ... GOPS won't support anything that isn't market based, while Dems, uh, well, ... The GOP doesn't really support full equality for everybody, but the Dems, well, ... Domestic spying - domestic spying, torture - torture according to the manual only, nontransparent - nontransparent, extraordinary rendition - extraordinary rendition, etc. ad infinitum, and surprise, I'm talking to intelligent people, so nobody gets any props for Lilly Ledbetter or finally reducing our troops in Iraq to 50,000 or so. In fact, nobody gets much credit for saving an economic meltdown, because the alleged threat scenario happened and the meltdown didn't and people can figure this shit out.

      What the true-blue never take into account is that all of this stuff that the left and moderates are bitching about isn't simply a failure in its own right, and a bad thing per se, but it also makes the whole damn package that much harder to sell to intelligent educated folks who are paying attention. The idea isn't to go sell the me generation, but to sell today's youth and boomers who have the right social/moral values but the wrong party and you don't do that by simply replacing Gitmo with Bagram (and then keeping Gitmo open anyway) and by making it stated official policy that the Nuremburg principles don't apply here, and that our people do get a pass if they claim to have believed that they were only following orders, by supporting "clean coal", drill baby drill and moar nukes as the primary underpinnings of an energy policy.

      In a nutshell, the party isn't helping, Congress isn't helping, Holder et. all aren't helping. The catfood commission isn't helping. Hell, so far La Hood is one of the ones who really is, there's a surprise.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt -

      by enhydra lutris on Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 10:18:23 AM PDT

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  •  I have four cats and cat food isn't cheap! (1+ / 0-)
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    We'll be eating dirt if we don't work together to get more and better Dems in office. Even the Blue Dogs can be pulled along by their ears if we have enough majority to keep them in line.

    The BS about Social Security needs to be challenged every time.  We need to tax the higher incomes for a fairer share.

    I AM worried about my Kiddos but not about their future Social Security benefits.  I'm worried about the ones out of work that I am helping to support right now out of my own retirement and savings.

    I am getting pretty damn angry but I will GOTV.  Thanks for your diary.

    PS: "Fear is a mind-killer and a little death..."

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