Roll call vote on Ryan bill to end Medicare. If your representative voted against Medicare, please write a letter to the editor criticizing the vote. We need to get the word out. Read more about Aux letters to the editor, Citoyens! Republicans vote to end Medicare
Healthcare-NOW! has a new blog, Hands Off Our Medicare!
I discovered this quite by chance. Why didn't they send out an email blast? Or at least send an announcement to their online supporters? Do they even have a list of their online supporters?
They are a tiny organization with staffers juggling too many balls, so we can't be surprised or too critical when they drop one.
Just making an observation. Read more about Hands off our Medicare blog
Let me start by saying that for all I know Healthcare-NOW! is doing everything that I suggest. They are almost certainly doing at least some of this. Read more about If I were congressional strategist for Healthcare-NOW!
1. Enact a public option
Question for Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison, do you have specific legislative language for a public option with a bill number? Because if you don't you are just jerking your supporters around.
As you well know, there is a proposal that would cover everyone and save money, HR 676, why not the best? Read more about It's back, the Zombie Public Option Sparkle Pony!
I can't find words for how pleased I am that Glenn was chased off the air. Congratulations to Color of Change, Spocko, and everyone involved. It is a huge victory and important sign that the left can take down a big guy, at least in certain circumstances.
The next step is to go after Fox itself.
Some businesses play Fox without having thought about it at all, and may not know how divisive and dangerous Fox is. Turn Off Fox will help you work with others in your area (and across the country) to identify places that play Fox, ask them to change the channel, and explain why they should.
If I were in charge of strategy for the Medicare for All movement (never say the scary word single payer, say Medicare for All) I would chose this moment for an email blast asking people to write a letter to the editor in support of HR 676 (which now has 41 co-sponsors)
Want a Democratic response to Ryan? How about Medicare for All baby? Read more about Medicare for All Baby
Update at 11:10 a.m. ET: With five precincts remaining, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg has taken a 447-vote lead over incumbent Justice David Prosser in the Wisconsin state Supreme Court race out of 1.5 million votes cast, the AP reports.
Ohio Daily: SB 5 Repeal: Step One Accomplished
Plunderbund: 1 signature vs. 3,000
Plunderbund: Kasich’s double standard on wages and taxes
Workers Defend Their Rights in Wisconsin & Ohio
No on SB-5 Rally, Medina, Ohio
SN5 Rally Youngstown Ohio
SB5 Rally Youngstown Ohio 3/30/2011
Senate Bill 5 Rally
Anti-SB5 Anthem: Come on Kasich, Don't sell us out!
AFSCME Ohio United We Stand
Mike Williams Ellet Town Hall Meeting Pt 2of2
Ohio Statehouse SB5 final protest/vote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPZthQiPcPM Read more about Visible lefties: Solidarity rallies
As long as Medicare exists, it poses a threat to health insurance parasites, because it could always be extended to all of us, so the Republicans want to privatize it. So this has to be treated very seriously.
Now, if any Democratic Senator wanted to filibuster this, he or she could fill the Capitol with protestors, a la Madison.
So do we still have any friends on Capitol Hill? Read more about Privatizing Medicare
If I were King of the World, I would order a massive blog swarm with the subject line JOBS.
It has been a long time since there was a true netroots blogswarm, so long I cannot even remember. But maybe if we picked one day, assuming we could reassemble a long since shattered coalition, and posted about jobs, we could get the attention of our benighted elite.
Just a thought. Read more about Jobs
I chose New Jersey because it has voter registration by party and has elections this year.
12,944 registered Independents, no other emergent parties listed
18,077 registered Independents
632 registered Green
56 Natural Law Party
97 Reform Party
62 US Constitution Party
154 Conservative Party
953 Green Party
29 Natural Law
117 US Constitution
1001 Green Party
65 Reform Party
31 Natural Law
31 Natural Law
note - the Independent Party disappears after 2004 Read more about Emergent Party registration trends in New Jersey
Democrats won in 2006 and 2008 because Bush messed up and the economy was a mess. Also Katrina and Iraq.
So what did the Republicans learn? When the economy is a mess the incumbent party loses power. So clearly to the Republicans, they needed to do whatever necessary to mess up the economy even more.
It seemed to me that initially the Republicans were worried that Obama would try to be FDR 2.0 and were determined to block his actions. Clearly they need not have worried. Obama does not seem to think that unemployment is a serious political problem for him and he might even be correct. Read more about The Republican playbook