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DCCC video promising more GOP defeats in 2014
House Democrats are loving the silver-platter gift, with a big bow on top, that Paul Ryan has given them for the third year in a row, already putting the 2014 campaign in gear. The video from the DCCC highlights the  16 Republicans that Democrats beat in 2012, largely by campaigning on their support for the Ryan budget.
In a series of press conferences, floor speeches, YouTube videos and cable news interviews, the Democrats said the Republicans’ budget plan, unveiled last week by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), would hurt the poor, women and minorities—all demographics that propelled President Obama back into the White House and helped his party pick up seats in both congressional chambers last year.

Republicans have brushed off the attacks, arguing that the GOP’s message of balancing the budget in just 10 years will appeal to voters more readily than the Democrats’ alternative plans, which don’t prioritize deficit reduction in the short term.

Democrats have some help in the form of public opinion, and it's not just from the poor, women and minorities. The latest Gallup poll shows that the public, including plenty of Republicans, are much more supportive of the Democratic agenda (specifically the job creating agenda in the Progressive Caucus's budget). Fifty-three percent of Republicans support a "federal government program that would spend government money to put people to work on urgent infrastructure repairs," and 52 percent of Republicans would support a "federal jobs creation law that would spend government money for a program designed to create more than 1 million new jobs."

The other assist the Democrats are getting is Republicans themselves. Jed Lewison posted concrete evidence of that earlier, discussing RNC Reince Priebus's ridiculous statement:

We're not losing the issues on the math. We're not losing the issues on spending, and debt, and jobs, and the economy. Those are total winners for us.
Keep going with that story, Republicans. There's no need to actually change your policies, because they are total winners.

Now the thing will be to convince Democrats that they've got the winning formula already in the progressive budget. One way to help do that is to join with Daily Kos and Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison by signing our petition and becoming a citizen co-sponsor of the Back to Work Budget.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:32:41 AM PDT

  •  The Progressive Caucus's budget (5+ / 0-)

    Now, if the Democrats would wholly embrace that, we'd have a really good fight. As it is, I have no doubt that many will be eager to blur the differences.

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:40:33 AM PDT

    •  We need some polling done (5+ / 0-)

      on the Progressive Caucus Budget.  It would show our current crop of Dem leadership that the public backs progress, not triangulation.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:49:05 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Charles Pierce reads Gallup (11+ / 0-)

        ... and this is what he finds:

        There's a lot of buzz at and around the Cool Kidz table today because, glorioski, there's actually another budget proposal out there, the one put together by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and it not only seems to make more sense to more people than, for example, Paul Ryan's exercise in Magical Unicorn Math, or even than them principles underlying the president's proposal, which seems to be that, before we act on it, we should carefully check the Magical Unicorn's work before appointing the unicorn to the Council Of Economic Advisers. Moreover, that budget is certainly more consonant not only with the blog's First Law Of Economics — Fk The Deficit. People Got No Jobs. People Got No Money — but also with the results of the latest Gallup Poll, the sub-themes of which latter is, quite clearly, "Why In Hell Are We Listening To Joe Scarborough On This Stuff Anyway?"
        As further notes:
        That's 77 percent of the respondents who want some sort of WPA 2.0 to make sure the bridges don't fall down while we're driving to work. That's 75 percent who want a federal jobs creation program. These two numbers include, respectively, 63 percent and 56 percent of Republican respondents. You could poll Paul Ryan's immediately family and not get these numbers. Neither Mr. Simpson nor Mr. Bowles could score this well on Christmas morning with the grandkids. You could ask Americans the question, "Would you favor immediate federal action that would provide you with unlimited whiskey and the sexual favors of your favorite movie stars?" and come close. Maybe. Does the House progressive budget, which proposes programs that track these numbers, have a chance in hell of passing? Of course not. It's barely in the conversation.

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:56:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  We can have a blue wave election if... (0+ / 0-)

          team blue can communicate to the voters where the repugs actually stand - privatizing Social Security and Medicare, increased givaways to the 1%, austerity for the 99%, women back in the kitchen, gays in the closet, blacks and browns disfranchised, gutting of popular public services, cutting education and environment, on and on.

          We need to remember Howard Dean's 50-state strategy, and find strong candidates NOW in EVERY potentially winnable district who will speak out loud and clear for the Back to Work budget.

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:31:35 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  only if Dem leaders promote the CPC budget (3+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            maryabein, greenbell, viral

            We can't afford to give them a pass or allow them stand by silently, not backing the reforms that voters are begging for.  We can't allow them to commit political hari kari by continuing to push for neolib policies like cutting SS & Medicare.  

            We can't win in 2014 just by attacking the GOP, when most of our national leaders economic policy positions are not much different than theirs.

            We can't win if all we've got to sell voters are cuts to SS and Medicare.

            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

            by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:36:59 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  So WPA 2.0 has massive voter support (2+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          maryabein, Demi Moaned

          Thanks for the link.  I'd been watching the polls on these issues the last several months and hadn't seen very much.   This is excellent news!

          The public is sick and tired of hearing about deficits and cutting government spending while the Great Recession rolls on.

          The simple math of full employment translating to lower deficits should be convincing, but none of the Kool Kidz want to discuss it publicly.  It's as though both parties in DC want to ignore massive unemployment in order to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

          It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

          by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:32:32 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  I thought Pelosi was still on board for the (4+ / 0-)

      let's pay for war with my Social Security CPI change.

      WHERE does the party stand on the wretched "entitlement reform" agenda?

      I am totally confused and perhaps that is goal.  

    •  The Dem Senate Budget is a disaster (0+ / 0-)

      The Dem Senate budget spends almost $5 Trillion more over the next decade.. putting us at $24.4 Trillion in debt by then.

      As bad as the House budget is, this one is at least as bad (if you are concerned at all by debt).

      No one will be polling, or even talking about, the Progressive Caucus's budget when the Dems have already presented theirs in the Senate.

      •  But I'm not at all concerned by debt, at least (1+ / 0-)
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        greenbell

        ... not by Federal Government debt. Nor should any sensible person be because:
        1) A slump such as now (high unemployment, high household) is exactly the time when we should be running higher than normal deficits
        2) The deficit has already shrunk to sustainable levels (see Krugman's recent column)

        "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

        by Demi Moaned on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:27:07 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  $800 Billion per year is sustainable? (0+ / 0-)

          For how long?  And how long do they think interest rates will remain at 1%?

          You may not be concerned about debt, but a large number of American voters are.  Enough? I don't know.. we'll see in 2014.

          But even if debt is a minor concern, jobs is not.  It is #1.  If the private sector doesn't pick up significantly by 2014, it could be bad for Dems - at least as bad as it could be with the few number of swing districts we now have in this country.  it is the Senate, though, that concerns me.

          •  You're arguing at cross-purposes to yourself (2+ / 0-)
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            greenbell, ccellist

            The public believes the debt is important largely because of the overwhelming propaganda effort to that effect from both parties amplified endlessly by the Beltway media. But most people have a very fuzzy idea about what it means, and generally consider it a proxy for unemployment levels, when the exact opposite is the case.

            Yes, jobs are a major concern and a legitimate one. Unfortunately it's this inane preoccupation with deficit reduction that is keeping employment numbers down.

            Enough public spending would bring the unemployment levels down in short order, ushering in a self-sustaining economic recovery with high employment. GDP would grow, tax revenues would grow and a lot of our current spending on safety net programs (which are intended to increase when unemployment is high) would go way down.

            "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

            by Demi Moaned on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 12:20:43 PM PDT

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      •  If people want to compare them (1+ / 0-)
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        ccellist

        They must take into account that the Ryan Budget depends on fantasy math in exactly the same way that the Washington Post doesn't.

        If you're concerned about debt then you have to have a peek at the total debt-to-GDP ratio, the latter part of which will be $25,910bn in 2023, i.e. the ratio will fall from 106% of GDP at the end of 2012 to 94% by 2023 under the Senate budget.

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 01:25:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  DCCC Supports the Progressive Caucus Budget? (5+ / 0-)

    Fabulous!  Let's start promoting it!

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:47:31 AM PDT

  •  Huge Unforced Error No. 1 (5+ / 0-)

    The House vote on the Ryan budget - so compelling it raced through Ryan's house Budget Committee with no competing ideas, no hearings and no meaningful markup - is an opportunity the Tea Partiers in the House will embrace, to declare their principles and test loyalty to their cause.

    And so it will also be for the rest of us, a ringingly clear litmus test.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:53:30 AM PDT

  •  Would like to hear accomplishments since (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stude Dude

    2009, of which there have been MANY by  the Obama administration, then use fear, what the Repugs always use, and point out what a Repug. administration might do to things, and I think we will do pretty well.

  •  now will the voters (0+ / 0-)

    use their power and show up at the polls on an off year election, history would say no and i would guess that history is correct and the voters apathy is predictable.

    •  I would think their showing up (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Willa Rogers

      might depend on the fate of the big 3.  Cutting the safety net might be a big influence on attendance.

      Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. John Donne

      by scurrvydog on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 01:05:20 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  This is exactly what I want to know. (0+ / 0-)

      Polls are meaningless if the percentage of people voting is so small as render the sampling irrelevant. If the same people who stood in line for 6 to 9 hours to vote for Obama in Florida, for instance, don't think the mid-terms are worth that kind of a ridiculous wait (and really, who would?), or 3 to 4 hours just for early voting in Ohio, then will the polls matter?

      Frankly I would love to see Organizing for Action put all its resources, the same resources that saw Obama re-elected, toward this one goal: taking the house in less than 2 years. I am skeptical that they will do this, but it seems like the best way at this point. They have the resources, the infrastructure, the cash, the culture....

  •  Put people to work : A double-edged sword. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Bon Temps, Willa Rogers

    We desperately need more jobs -- and better jobs in this country, and lots of issues enter into that.

    "Outrageous deductions" for corporate jets (Wichita, Kansas is the world's largest producer of private jets).

    Immigration (It can be tough to compete when employers are hiring people without documents who cannot complain when labor laws are broken)

    Health care -- Oh yeah, the ACA did pretty much crap for health care, focusing instead on making sure everybody got the chance to throw money at insurance companies.

    Energy -- gotta be able to get to the workplace

    Etc.

    The problem is this:
    Democrats are in the position of trying to paint Ryan as a job killer when they

    a) haven't created any jobs to speak of,
    b) push policies that endanger jobs.

    If a) changes, all is well.
    If it doesn't, badgering Ryan on jobs will do little more than shine a light back on Democrats who will have had 6 (2014) or 8  (2016) years to fix the problem.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:59:03 AM PDT

    •  And.. no one really wants a gov't make-work job (0+ / 0-)

      All the talk about putting millions of people to work with gov't programs is just nuts.

      People want Obama and Congress to get this country working again and to produce private sector jobs - NOT temporary gov't jobs.

      •  But be careful when you say that... (0+ / 0-)

        From the GOP post-mortem:

        But if we are going to grow as a Party, our policies and actions must take into account that the middle class has struggled mightily and that far too many of our citizens live in poverty. To people who are flat on their back, unemployed or disabled and in need of help, they do not care if the help comes from the private sector or the government — they just want help.
        There is no need for a government job to be merely "make-work" -- we've got enough crumbling infrastructure and other needs (like, say, air traffic control software) that some pretty decent jobs could be created.

        Regardless -- people in trouble will care more that help arrives than what that help looks like.  It's a practical consideration that Democrats understand.

        LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

        by dinotrac on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 01:57:52 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not against infrastructure investments (0+ / 0-)

          as a matter of fact, I am in favor of projects that could be of real permanent value - roads, rail, power grids, etc.

          But I see all the talk of millions of jobs and quite frankly that is a lot of nonsense.

          The last stimulus of several hundred billion produced extremely short-term jobs as far as infrastructure jobs go.  Even the public sector state-level jobs only lasted a year or two and produced only a blip of an increase in GDP.  And worse, that money "stimulated" nothing.

          •  The last stimulus wasn't a stimulus, no matter (0+ / 0-)

            how many times people call it that.

            If it was a stimulus, it was about as badly targeted as it could be.  If it was payback for Democratic constituencies? Fine and dandy. And... by saying that, I don't even mean to say that it was all bad.  Just a bunch of poorly considered and poorly times money spent -- IF it was a stimulus.

            LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

            by dinotrac on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 03:41:59 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  ad copy people: it's the medicare that 'you paid (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr MadAsHell, Stude Dude

    for'.  3% of everyone's wages for lifetime is paid in.

    Ad says 'take away medicare you count on.' which is half the story.

    it's great ad, and will work for 2014.

    i'd even get nasty and say:
    X congressperson and paul ryan think you are a taker.  but that fica money is yours. you paid in and they want to take it away.

    what lincoln said http://cleantechnica.com/2012/10/10/abraham-lincoln-was-on-to-wind-power-long-before-the-rest/

    by rasfrome on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:12:21 AM PDT

  •  In 3014 the Dems are going to kick ass... (0+ / 0-)

    Yea, the Democrats really ought do well in these next mid-terms after Social Security and Medicare gets gutted and the Iranian War just isn't going so well.
    Until the 1911 restriction on the number of House seats is abolished, it will always be easy for the Rethugs to leverage their political power to obstruct any challenge to corporate dominance of this country.

  •  Democrats need to act like Democrats (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, greenbell, Willa Rogers

    when campaigning and stop trying to triangulate and adopt GOP positions. The Tea Party has driver the GOP so far to the right, the middle is there for Democrats to take.

    Do what people want (fix infrastructure, create jobs) = get elected.

    Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

    by bear83 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:14:22 AM PDT

  •  New lipstick. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Stude Dude

    Same pig.

    Carry on, GOP.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    by Mr MadAsHell on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:16:55 AM PDT

  •  Blancing the budget...??? (0+ / 0-)

    I was listening to a pundit taking about the budget and he said that for 200 years we never has this problem...

    I automatically had a belly laugh...  For 150 of those 200 years we were cooking the books...smile...  

    no but for that 150 years there was no accountability for the slave situation and bringing them up.  All of a sudden in 1960 there is a call for social justice that we had turned a deft ear and eye to.  Accountability is a bytch when it catches up to you.  

    And now the mishandling of the situation by the powers that be (all inclusive) they now want the brunt of the pain to be taken by the poor who had no say so in much of it especially blacks.  

    System overload by the system managers...

    I may not be deep, but I am very wide... Honree Balzac

    by meknow on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 01:53:13 PM PDT

  •  (Extreme) Conservative House Budget Fails (0+ / 0-)

    (from Politico)
    The Republican Study Committee budget would slash domestic accounts much faster than Ryan’s plan and freeze Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program funding at fiscal 2012 levels. It would achieve a balance in five years, compared to Ryan’s version, which does not project balance until 2023. In a rare scorecard result, a plurality of the House — 171 members — voted “present.” The “yes” votes totaled 104, while 132 members, including 14 Democrats, voted “no.” 25 lawmakers did not vote.

    (From the House.Gov website)
    Roll Call 86 on House CR 85, the Woodall of Georgia Substitute Amendment No. 4. List of AYES:

    Amash
    Barton
    Bentivolio
    Bishop (UT)
    Black
    Blackburn
    Bonner
    Boustany
    Brady (TX)
    Bridenstine
    Brooks (AL)
    Broun (GA)
    Bucshon
    Burgess
    Camp
    Cassidy
    Chabot
    Cole
    Collins (GA)
    Conaway
    Cotton
    Culberson
    DeSantis
    Duncan (SC)
    Duncan (TN)
    Farenthold
    Fleischmann
    Fleming
    Flores
    Franks (AZ)
    Gardner
    Garrett
    Gingrey (GA)
    Gohmert
    Goodlatte
    Gosar
    Gowdy
    Graves (GA)
    Hall
    Harris
    Hartzler
    Hensarling
    Holding
    Hudson
    Huelskamp
    Huizenga (MI)
    Hultgren
    Hunter
    Johnson, Sam
    Jordan
    King (IA)
    Kingston
    Labrador
    LaMalfa
    Lamborn
    Lankford
    Long
    Lummis
    Marchant
    Massie
    McCaul
    McClintock
    McHenry
    McKeon
    Meadows
    Messer
    Mica
    Miller (MI)
    Mulvaney
    Neugebauer
    Nunnelee
    Olson
    Palazzo
    Pearce
    Pittenger
    Poe (TX)
    Pompeo
    Price (GA)
    Radel
    Rigell
    Roe (TN)
    Rogers (AL)
    Rohrabacher
    Rokita
    Rooney
    Ross
    Salmon
    Scalise
    Schweikert
    Scott, Austin
    Sensenbrenner
    Sessions
    Smith (TX)
    Stockman
    Stutzman
    Terry
    Thornberry
    Weber (TX)
    Wenstrup
    Williams
    Wilson (SC)
    Woodall
    Yoder
    Yoho

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