Tag: Election 2012
Now, they tell us! Just a few days before the election (and after many people have already voted), we learn that the non-partisan Congressional Research Service provided a report in September which the GOP didn't want voters to know about. Indeed they badgered the Congressional Research Service until it pulled the report. But this past week the suppressed report reappeared.
You can find the complete report by going to the first link in the article at the NY Times linked above. The finding was that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of tirckle-down. Tax cuts for the rich do not stimulate the economy. Meanwhile, pretending tht they do has allowed taxes for the 1% to continue to drop over several decades while jobs continue to prove problematic. We have made that case before using other data, but this specifically addressed the proposition and its related variables. I will discuss this report and others more in the coming weeks as the House (if it is still Republican) will try once again to usher in austerity even while making the rich richer with our money. Meanwhile, I wanted you to have it now.
The Mitt Romney Campaign and the campaigns of all the GOP sound-alikes continue to pitch trickle-down so-called economics. Elect them, they tell you, and they will cut tax rates for the so-called job-creators, who it turns out aren't job creators. You knew that. I knew that. But too many Americans still buy the economic porn of the Romney's. Check out this report. Share the article with your friends. Share other points about the stark choice we have. It is this: Everyone paying their fair share or the 99% paying for the tax cuts to the rich. If that were the only reason (and there are a hundred other reasons why to vote for the President), the President has earned your vote.
Our Dem office has been working for the three Dem candidates in the 5th District since July. We've been holding fundraisers, knocking doors, and making phone calls as we do for every election. At doors, in addition to meeting wonderful supporters, we've been politely asked to leave, told to "Get the he** off my property," and have felt threatened enough to believe we would be physically attacked on an occasion or two. Some folks have used the bad language about both candidates.
I was excited to have tickets to the Obama Rally in Charlottesville today. My 15 year-old son, his friend Zach and I headed off to Charlottesville at 10:30 this morning for a projected 3:00 pm speech by the President. One of the first things I noticed was the make up of the crowd. There is no question that the President has the support of many, many people from all walks of life....young, old, white, black, Latino, Asian. It was an audience filled with diversity, but more than diversity, the audience was friendly, humble and helpful.
We went early enough and were therefore lucky enough to be on the front row with two other Dems from Nelson. I said to the boys, "You are going to shake the President's hand today." Of course, they looked at me as though I had two heads and had lost my mind. We talked to our neighbors, listened, danced to the music and had a great experience. When someone needed help, folks surrounding them responded. If someone was walking with a cane, folks created a path, offered an arm.
Incidentally, the bride has been very active in Democratic Party politics and previously served as Vice-Chair of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee. And, so, not surprisingly, a number of fellow Democrats attended the wedding this past Saturday, the day after the President's visit. And a number of them had been to see the President.
I watched on my iPhone as the photos rolled out. It made me smile to see my friends in the Roanoke Times, on FB and in other friends' photos. At the wedding, you could still see it on their faces. You could almost tell who gotten to shake the President's hand. When Elaine's diary appeared on my iPhone I put on my glasses to read the mouse print and delighted in the fact that she was one of them. And I thought, "What a difference four years makes."