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This is a petition I posted on the White House website.  Please sign it and let the President know where our priorities are.

The text of the petition is over the orange-lined cloud.

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Prioritize the Creation of Jobs and the Improvement of the Economy Over Austerity that Does Not Effectively Address Debt

History shows us that only during our greatest prosperity can we effectively reduce deficits and slow down the accumulation of our debt. European attempts to do otherwise have resulted in slow growth at best, and job losses and recession at worst. Their debts remain high, ironically enough, even growing.

The proponents of making debt and deficit reduction the priority cite the burden to our children, but do we not burden our children even more if their parents don't have jobs, now, and in the future? If the economy is slow or contracting, with little positive effect on our debts and deficits?

Our fiscal health depends more strongly on the economy than the other way around. Recessions inevitably increase debts and deficits. Growth reduces it.

Let's put the economy first.

9:54 AM PT: By the way: I took a quick look at the site, and it said that in order for a petition to be publically searchable, it needs 150 signatures.  I know there are at least that many people on this site who believe what I am saying here.  The only question is, why not?

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon

    Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

    by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:00:28 AM PDT

  •  Petitions to our government is as clueless as (0+ / 0-)

    nailing your foot to the floor to stop an ingrown toenail.

    Poverty and Income Inequality isn't Democratic, Justice or American. It is Tyranny.

    by Wendys Wink on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:12:39 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for the encouraging word. (4+ / 0-)

      I will keep that in mind the next time I post a petition to the website.  If it's clueless to petition our government, it's even more clueless to leave the field empty for all the other players to strut their stuff on.

      If we don't compete for the voters' and the government's attention, then we might as well quit this political blogging thing altogether, because we will have nothing more to do than bullshit with each other.

      The Baby Boomer and Generation X cynicism about politics has done nothing to improve things.  Folks have just run riot in the absence of a strong, assertive Democratic/Liberal/Progressive presence that doesn't take no for an answer.

      I see far too many pretentious posers her who just posting things to tell others in what level of despair they are, rather than to tell people to re-dedicate their efforts.  Nobody likes a loser, but let me tell you, even fewer people respect quitters.

      So, you tell me to quit.  Fine.  I will go ahead and just keep on posting these things, even if mine is the only signature.

      Now, look at what I wrote.  Does it in any way contradict what you believe, what you know?  If not, why not sign it?  Why not express your sentiment?  I signed  the petition saying that we shouldn't go for chained CPI, so why don't you sign the one that says that we should make the economy the priority?

      Why should we always be hiding ourselves in despair from the folks who are supposed to be accountable to us?  And has shutting up done us any kind of good at all?

      Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:44:30 AM PDT

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  •  5 people have already signed the petition (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, OldDragon

    So far, so good.  Anybody reading this, do yourself a favor, and if you have no objections to what I wrote, sign on to it.

    Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

    by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:50:55 AM PDT

  •  Please change the wording. (0+ / 0-)

    We need to stop talking about "the economy" and we need to call out the fuzzy thinking of those who do.

    What is "the economy"? Do we mean:

    - Stock prices?
    - Interest rates?
    - Commodity prices?
    - Employment?
    - Wages?
    - A strong/weak dollar?

    Let's stay focused on what's actually important: Middle-Class Wages, Middle-Class Employment, and Purchasing Power.

    •  I'm afraid I can't change it, now... (2+ / 0-)
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      Words In Action, OldDragon

      ...that it's posted.  But really, the title puts the priority in there:

      "Prioritize the Creation of Jobs and the Improvement of the Economy Over Austerity that Does Not Effectively Address Debt"
      Jobs are out in front, not stock markets, not monetary stuff.

      But really, if you look at it, the deficit and everything is a stalking horse for cutting short any jobs program Obama or anybody else creates.  It's a license for keeping our wages and hiring relatively stagnant.

      Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:59:52 AM PDT

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    •  Besides, you know, you can write up a petition... (0+ / 0-)

      ...to focus on those sorts of issues.  It doesn't have to be either or, it can be both and.

      Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

      by Stephen Daugherty on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:39:25 AM PDT

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