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The movement we’ve been talking about is building, and Democrats better be listening. We are flooding Capitol phone lines with calls to demand that the Congress and the President protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

And many of you reading this are responsible for this building movement!

We are also demanding that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be allowed to expire, but we have to save tax cuts for the Middle Class and critical programs for our seniors and disabled people.

PLEASE CALL AGAIN TODAY: 202-224-3121 to demand that the lives and health of our seniors and disabled are so much more important than the ridiculous and completely unnecessary tax cuts for income over $250,000 enacted by George Bush.

This fight over the “fiscal cliff” is the first battle in our fight to reduce income and wealth inequality in America. For way too long, Rightwing Radical Republicans and Astro-Turf (fake) Teabaggers have been carrying the water for and doing the dirty work of the unbelievably rich while impoverishing more and more average, hard-working Americans.

How can the wealthy complain about our government and our workers? We built the roads and bridges their trucks drive on. We staff air traffic control towers. We maintain and build the power stations and power lines. We maintain the sewer lines. We protect their lives and property.

We, you and I and others like us, make this country work.

It is way past time the rich and wealthy step up and do their damn share.


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.
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  •  Cutting or increasing tax rates is a faux issue (1+ / 0-)
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    because we only tax dollars that move from person to person and the dollars being hoarded by the one percent won't be moving any time soon, regardless. The hoarders, with the exception of the population that just hoards out of obsession, are sitting on the dollars they've accumulated in hopes that, if they hold out long enough, somebody will give them the profits of 8%+ to which they had grown accustomed in the late eighties and early nineties. It's not going to happen, because the dollar is a symbolic entity that's inherently worthless and which can be created/produced in infinite quantities. But, in some breasts hope springs eternal. Moreover, since most of these hoarders now sit on a stash that's too big to disperse in their life-times, there's no incentive to change.
    So, what's to be done?
    The answer is rather simple.  Since the Congress is in charge of managing the currency, it just needs to do the same thing it did when it funded two wars in the Middle East -- just authorize the expenditures and let the Treasury disburse dollars to pay for the goods and services.  Do in the interest of the national welfare, the same that was done for warfare.

    What's to preclude that? Nothing but the Congressional preference for maintaining the illusion that their mismanagement of our assets and resources is somebody else's fault.
    Why would they keep up the pretense? Tradition. Also, if they admit they messed up, they might be tarred and feathered.

    Obama told the banksters that he was standing between them and the pitchforks. It's probably a sentiment that's now better expressed towards the members of Congress.

    We organize governments to provide benefits and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:35:23 AM PST

  •  it's our table + r money. chop their hands off/it (0+ / 0-)

    consider these terms: ocean rise, weather re-patterning, storm pathology, drout famine, acceptance of nature

    by renzo capetti on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:46:44 AM PST

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