Ok, if you are like me, you’ve read the news, and watched your favorite round table discussions on the sequester. You’ve heard everything from panicked predictions of hardship to complete indifference. Well, I have had just about enough of this, since it is not necessary at all. Most people don’t need a doomsday deadline to get them to do their jobs, so why should the legislature?
Congress should just repeal sequestration and get back to work.
If I could communicate with them I would say this: GROW UP!! Stop blaming each other, stop yakking at the news outlet cameras, and posturing in preparation for primary season. Continue reading →
Apparently, AmeriCorps is on the chopping block amidst all the ‘fiscal cliff’ mess. Another program whose success can’t be measured in dollars and cents.
Delightful. Saving money by cutting away service to the weakest among us, at a time when public service should be encouraged.
Perhaps this can be avoided if enough people make a fuss, maybe make a donation. Who knows, these days? I do know that America needs citizens that feel the call to volunteer to help their fellow Americans now more than ever. That is why I pass this email on to you, from my inbox, with love.
I wanted to make sure you saw this email from Nicole, one of our field organizers. She has such a powerful personal account of turning early struggle into lifelong success. Nicole’s experience proves that national service can have a deep and lasting impact – on children, on families, and on entire communities – and can help solve some of our country’s most pressing social challenges. I hope her story inspires you as much as it inspires me.At ServiceNation we are building an army of advocates with the goal of protecting and expanding national service programs like AmeriCorps. Continue reading →
What’s up with this loony idea that the deficit cure is to cut programs that help our elders, yet lower corporate tax rates at the same time? This email is of particular interest to those of us living in New York State, and even more so when you have so many friends who rely on Medicare to help them remain independent and healthy.
Dear New York MoveOn member, President Obama and Democrats in the Senate are standing firm on their commitment to end the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthiest 2%. But they’re all over the place when it comes to protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security—and that’s unacceptable.
It’s unacceptable to MoveOn members like Catherine W. in North Carolina who wrote in with this personal story:
“I had taught elementary school for 25 years when the brain tumor was discovered. My craniotomy left me disabled. I shudder to think what would have become of me and my family had it not been for Social Security Disability and Medicare. Please do not cut the programs that have given me back life.”
Some Senators, like Bernie Sanders and Tom Harkin, are on the record as standing strong.1 But others, like Senator Charles Schumer, have yet to publicly commit to do right by Catherine and the majority of Americans who voted last month to protect our social safety net. So we’re joining with progressive allies to get every single Senate Democrat on the record, and we’ll make that information accessible to MoveOn members, the media, bloggers, and the public so that we can hold each Senator accountable. Continue reading →
I don’t know how much of the fear of losing their next election the outcry of the public will put into our do nothing politicians, but we can put in the calls, yes? Heck, they even included the phone numbers I need!
Dear MoveOn member, It’s almost hard to believe after such a lopsided defeat in the election, but Republicans in Congress are pushing for a “fiscal deal” that would extend the Bush tax cuts for the rich and slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits before the end of the year—and they might win.
They’ve fabricated a story that, somehow, our economy will fall apart if they don’t get what they want. It’s not true, but negotiations are underway and a “deal” could come together at any time.
This is a crucial moment—before a deal emerges—when we need our leaders to stand strong. Can you call your members of Congress and tell them:
“Don’t back any fiscal deal unless it lets the Bush tax cuts for the top 2% expire, as scheduled, on December 31 and doesn’t cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.” Continue reading →