June 22, 2011
Its our patriotic duty to say when enough is enough
Democracy For America Chair Jim Dean Comments on the Presidents Speech in Afghanistan
Jim Dean, Democracy for America Chair: Were
glad to see that President Obama is responding to the majority of
Americans who are calling to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. His
plan to bring home 30,000 soldiers is certainly a step in the right
our troops and the American people need more than a step, they need a
giant leap forward. Most of the service men and women in Afghanistan
have been on several tours away from their families. We appreciate their
tremendous sacrifice and we think its our patriotic duty to say when
enough is enough. Thats why DFA members support the The Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011 which does the following:
1) States that is U.S. policy to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July 1, 2011.
Requires the President's administration submit a plan to Congress, by
July 31, 2011, for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from
3) Requires the plan include a date certain for completion of redeployment.
Gillibrand, Brown, Boxer and Durbin are the original co-sponsors of
this bill and have been actively whipping up support. More than 100,000 DFA members have signed on as citizen co-sponsors. The President has promised to wrap this up soon and now we need a real plan to make it happen. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy
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June 20, 2011
It was great to see all the DFA members a Netroots Nation and now it's time to tell all your friends to jump on the bandwagon and join us for the fight to come. Share this video with everyone you know!
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June 10, 2011
Our ad exposing Republicans for their vote to end Medicare isn't
just making waves with scared Republican leaders and Rep. Charlie Bass.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called the National Republican Campaign
Committee's failure to get the TV ad pulled from the air "The Full Belly
Flop!" She pretty much sums it up with some simple advice for the NRCC:
"Here's the thing: Just because you don't like how your position sounds
when it is described out loud does not mean you get to prevent people
from describing it."
Check out the full clip of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covering the controversy right now.
We have now raised more than $100,000 to keep this ad on the air. Contribute right now and keep the momentum going.
June 4, 2011
NH woman says, "When
Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare that was an attack on
families just like mine." Watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaMsWnM242M Starting today, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change
Campaign Committee released a new ad in New Hampshire featuring Jane
Brickett, from Lancaster,
NH. In the ad, Jane
states that she voted for Republican Charlie Bass five times, but she
believes he has changed since her last vote for him. "When Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on
just like mine," Brickett says.
The ad will begin running
today and the organizations will ask members to give contributions to
keep the ads on the air in the coming weeks. DFA and PCCC previously
raised over one million dollars to fund ads in Wisconsin to fight back
against the Republican war on working families. "Medicare is a lifeline for so many people in
New Hampshire, and Charlie
Bass wants to cut that lifeline to make news in Washington. New
Hampshire deserves better than Charlie Bass." -- Charles
Chamberlain, Political Director, Democracy for America Relevant details: - The opening ad buy amount is $25,000 - DFA has
14,860 members in NH, and PCCC has 4,000 members
Brickett, Lancaster NH As a social worker here in the North Country, Ive
spent my life helping people with disabilities.
I have a disability.
If I didnt have Medicare, doctors bills could wipe me
out and burden my 5 kids.
Congressman Charlie Bass
voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on New Hampshire families
My father worked with Charlie
and respected him. I voted for him 5 times. But Charlie
Bass has changed.
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a social worker here in the North Country, Ive spent my life helping
people with disabilities.
Jane worked as Rehabilitation Counselor/Regional
Office Supervisor for the NH Division of
Vocational Rehabilitation from 1986 to 1994, as Service Coordinator for
Common Ground, an organization that services those with developmental
disabilities, from 1994 to 2002, and as Family Support Coordinator for
Partners In Health/Ammonoosuc Community Health Services from 2002 to
Now, I have a disability.
She was diagnosed in
2006 with fibromyalgia, a chronic rheumatic condition characterized by
inflammation of the muscles around the joints and widespread
musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. According to the National Institute
of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia affects
as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older.http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp
If I didnt have Medicare, doctors
bills could wipe me out and burden my 5 kids.
According to a study
published by the American College of Rheumatology in 1997, Compared
with patients with other rheumatic disorders, those with fibromyalgia
were more likely to have lifetime surgical interventions, including back
or neck surgery, appendectomy, carpal tunnel surgery, gynecologic
surgery, abdominal surgery, and tonsillectomy, and were more likely than
other rheumatic disease patients to report comorbid or associated
conditions. This number has only increased since the time of this
study, with the rising costs of prescription medications.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.1780400904/abstract
When Congressman Charlie
Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack
on New Hampshire families like mine.
On May 16, 2011, Paul
Krugman (Nobel winner for economics) wrote in the New York Times, I
know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the
Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare but
thats just what it is. If you replace a system that actually pays
seniors medical bills with an entirely different system, one that gives
seniors vouchers that wont be enough to buy adequate insurance, youve
ended Medicare. Calling the new program Medicare doesnt change that
On May 26, 2011, Paul Krugman added in the New York
Times, And, by the way, the claim that the plan would keep Medicare as
we know it intact for Americans currently 55 or older is highly
On May 19, 2011, national TalkingPointsMemo reporter
Brian Beutler, reported, House Republicans, facing tough questions in
their districts for voting to phase out Medicare and replace it with a
subsidized private insurance system, are fond of pointing out that the
plan they support wouldn't touch benefits for existing beneficiaries, or
for people who will reach eligibility within 10 years. There are a
number of problems with that plan, but top Democrats are finally
pointing out the biggest one: it's simply not true.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php
On May 19, 2011, Health & Human Services Secretary
Kathleen Sebelius described Medicare cuts that would take affect
immediately under the Paul Ryan plan, Seniors now qualify for
screenings -- cancer screenings, mammograms, a variety of preventive
care without copays out of pocket. That would disappear. A lot of new
anti-fraud rules going after people who would steal out of the
Medicare trust fund. All of that would go away this year. She added
that closing the donut hole a measure that saves seniors thousands
in drug costs would go away under the Ryan plan.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php
My father worked with Charlie and respected him. I voted for him 5 times.
But Charlie Bass has
Janes father, Ralph Brickett, worked for the state
government beginning in 1952. He served as a budget consultant on the
staffs of Govs. Sununu (83-89), Gregg (89-93), Merrill (93-97), Shaheen
(97-03) and Benson (03-05) for their entire terms. He also worked in
various other capacities in state government, including as Commissioner
of Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, and in several positions
in the state Controllers Office.
Charlie Bass and Mr. Brickett
worked together when Mr. Brickett presented his budget analysis to the
state legislature, in which Bass served from
1982 to 1992, while Mr. Brickett worked with Govs. Sununu and Gregg.
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June 4, 2011
Republicans are scared and angry. Scared that voters will know the
truth about their plan to end Medicare. Angry that you and I are
They aren't just sitting back and complaining about it, they are
threatening legal action and demanding TV stations take the ad off the
Comcast's response: We're not pulling it.
Our ad is working! Please contribute $5 right now so we can
INCREASE our ad buy and keep Republicans on defense.
WATCH MSNBC'S RACHEL MADDOW COVER OUR AD AND CONTRIBUTE
$5 TO STAY ON OFFENSE!
Here's a snippet of the letter the National Republican Congressional
Committee and Charlie Bass sent to TV stations running our new ad in New
The Advertisement states, in pertinent part, that "Charlie Bass voted to
END Medicare." This is completely false... a vote in favor of the [Paul
Ryan] Budget Resolution was a vote to protect Medicare for future
We urge you not to ascent to this political ploy... broadcasting
stations are not protected from legal liability for airing a false and
So is the ad true? Of course it is. Help keep it on the air. But don't just take it
from me or our partners at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Here's
the New York Times' Paul Krugman on our ad:
What's In A Name? A lot, or at least that's what Republicans think. Greg
Sargent reports that they're demanding that a TV station stop running
ads saying that the GOP wants to end Medicare; the claim is that this is
a lie, because the new program the GOP wants to impose in place of
Medicare is still Medicare.
As Greg says, this is important -- because if they can get away
with this, it will amount to a serious infringement of free speech,
preventing people from running truthful ads.
Because the fact is that Republicans are trying to end Medicare. The
program we now call Medicare is one in which the government acts as your
insurer, paying your major medical bills; coverage is guaranteed to all
seniors. The program Republicans want gives you vouchers and tells you
to go buy your own insurance, if you can. That's not at all the same
...So you can call the new thing Medicare; you could also call an onion a
rose. But a non-rose by the same name does not smell as sweet.
Paul Krugman is right and we must make sure every single voter knows
what the Republicans are trying to do. If we can raise
$50,000 by Monday morning we can increase our ad buy to run all week.
Contribute now to make it happen.
Thank you for everything you do.
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