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Jim's Statement on super committee cuts to medicare and medicaid

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of DFA on Democrats recommendations to cut Medicare and Medicaid: I am appalled and outraged by the recommendations from Democrats on the so-called Super Committee to cut Medicare and Medicaid in order to reduce the deficit. Our national deficit was caused by the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans and two unnecessary wars that were not paid for. The deficit was then exacerbated by the irresponsible actions of Wall Street. Those who caused this mess should be responsible for cleaning it up. These cuts are exactly the opposite of what Democrats should stand for. This plan protects the status quo for the 1% while the 99% are expected to sacrifice vital health care they need to survive. Democracy for America will oppose any Democrat who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare or Medicaid." Today Democracy for America sent an email to its one million members nationwide asking them to sign a petition to publicly oppose any Democrat who votes for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The email follow-up action also asks DFA members to call all the Senators and Representatives on the super committee and share their opposition to this proposal. Full email text: Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are caving to Republican demands and pushing a plan that would make drastic cuts to Medicare. This is bad policy and bad politics. Cuts like these are the worst possible way to reduce the deficit. They protect the status quo for the richest 1 percent while the 99 percent are expected to sacrifice vital healthcare that they need to survive in tough economic times like these -- and they'll hamstring Democrats running for reelection in 2012. We've been down this road before. Republicans and some Democrats have been pushing plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security for months. We've beat them then and we can beat them now with an overwhelming show of grassroots opposition to any plan that cuts Medicare. Join me and tell Washington that this deal is Dead On Arrival. Pledge to oppose any elected official -- Republican or Democrat - who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare and Medicaid benefits for the 99 percent. The facts are simple: The average income of Medicare beneficiaries is about $22,000 a year. Our nation's seniors can't afford to have their benefits cut and hard-working Americans can't afford to have their eligibility for Medicare raised to 67. As more and more people lose employer-provided health insurance, the last thing the nation's seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income children who depend on Medicaid need is for the federal government to slash these vital programs. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not cause the run-up in federal deficits. We have President Bush's huge tax cuts for the top 1 percent, the unpaid costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Great Recession caused by reckless, un-American, and potentially criminal behavior on Wall Street to thank for the mess we're in. Washington needs to make sure those who caused this mess pay to clean it up -- not seniors, not Americans with disabilities, and certainly not low-income children who depend on Medicaid to survive. Send a message to Washington now -- Stand against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security or stand alone for reelection. This is a fight we will win, if we stand up and fight. Because when we work together, we're unstoppable. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Jim's statement on ending the war in Iraq

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of DFA on President Obama's announcement to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home: "President Obama kept his campaign promise today to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home. We are thrilled to welcome them home in time for the holidays. We hope that Congress and the President will move forward now to keep the promise of the American Dream for these brave veterans. They are coming home to record highs in unemployment and housing foreclosures. Now is the time to do more for our returning troops than give them a pat on the back. Let's get them the jobs they deserve and a life worth coming home to." ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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#occupywallstreet bumper stickers

A message from Charles Chamberlain: One of the most powerful things about the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it's leaderless. No one person or organization controls it, drives it or can take credit for the movement that's continuing to build everyday. Most importantly, that also means no one person or organization can stop it. That's why big corporations and their right-wing allies are freaking out. They're scared of the movement that's sweeping the country because they know it's real. It's organic. And it has the power to win because it's clear we're not going away until change happens to improve the lives of the 99%. Here at DFA, we know that it's not our job to try to take over this movement or take credit for its work. We're here to help grow and support the work that people across the country are doing organically. So, when thousands of DFA members started writing in to ask us to make "We are the 99 percent" bumper stickers so they could show their support, we knew we had to do it. Get your FREE "We are the 99 percent" bumper sticker right now. You can put these stickers wherever you want to show your support for this incredible movement -- on your car, in your window, on your laptop... Whether you're in a city with a occupation or, better yet, in an area where there isn't one -- you can use our stickers to show people everywhere that this is a movement with huge national support. We can show them exactly what the 99 percent looks like. So, sign up to get your free sticker right now, or get a pack of 10 for $10. Help support and grow the occupation -- Get a free "We are the 99 percent" sticker today. Thank you for everything you do. -Charles Charles Chamberlain, Political Director Democracy for America
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It Gets Worse

A message from Charles Chamberlain: (Cross posted on Daily Kos.) The collective craziness coming from the Republican Presidential Candidates shouldnt be surprising at this point, but practically every day Im stunned by something they say or do. Most of the time it makes me want to throw something at the TV -- or out the window, but sometimes I just have to laugh. I mean in a way it's funny that this is the best the Republicans can do, but at the same time it's infuriating that anyone -- much less nearly half the population -- would accept them as legitimate candidates. There's Rick Perry whose stupidity might actually top Bushs. And Michele Bachmann who has proven her ineptitude over and over again -- through her extremism, factual inaccuracies and hypocrisy, just to name a few. And Romney, who might have been a good candidate 15 years ago (alright, probably not) -- but regardless, he has backtracked on everything good he ever said. All of these candidates would take our country in a horrifying direction. But whose would be the worst? Let us know in DFAs Presidential Pulse Poll. Together we can make sure the worst of the worst never makes it to the White House. DFA will run an ad against the winner of the poll -- the candidate with the most anti-votes -- in an early primary state. And we will be there throughout the primary season to make sure that every gaffe, every extremism and every thing wrong with these candidates is abundantly clear. This morning I read that Herman Cain is first in the latest poll. Where did that come from? Who actually thinks his 9-9-9 plan is a good idea? Is there anything more regressive? He may not care that a 9% flat tax would decimate the working poor, but even heartless businessmen have to recognize that a 9% national sales tax would stifle the economy -- that would mean LA would have a 21% sales tax -- how would that not hurt small business?!? I'm not really sure which of these candidates would be the worst. I mean, Perry seems really really dangerous. But then again, maybe Mitt is more likely to win. But frankly, it's doesn't matter what I think. I want to know what you think. Please vote and share the It Gets Worse poll and leave your feedback here.
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Ohio Launch Release

With 40,000 Members in Ohio, DFA will work to Get Out the Vote to Reject Kasichs War on Working Families Burlington, VT On October 5th Democracy for America launched its No on 2 campaign in Ohio with the goal of reaching 75,000 voters to defeat the job-killing Issue 2 on November 8th. - Modeled after our successful paid canvasses in the Wisconsin Recall fights, DFA will hire a total of 15 local staff to identify voters and get out the vote in three critical districts in Ohio. - DFA will place two additional HQ staff on the ground to run Emergency Organizing Meetings to mobilize our existing 40,000 members in Ohio to defeat Issue 2 through volunteer canvassing, phone banks, and fundraising. - Working with We Are Ohio, staff on the ground will be identifying an additional 35,000 volunteers to plug into campaign activities with a focus on neighbor to neighbor contact and maximizing the use of social networks to get out the vote. Gov. Kasich started a war against working families in Ohio, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Ohio voters will reject him and his right-wing Republican agenda at the polls on November 8. More than one million Ohio voters signed a petition to bring Issue 2 to the ballot because the bill passed by the state legislature, SB 5, unfairly limits the bargaining rights of public workers in the state. The state budget should not be balanced on the backs of working families, and this bill will only reduce the number of teachers, nurses, and firefighters in the state. Ohioans need more jobs, not less help from critical public workers. More on Issue 2 here: http://bit.ly/nFHPZx Jim Dean will be in Ohio from Nov. 5 Nov. 8 on the ground with DFA members working to get out the vote. For press availability for Jim Dean, please contact Levana Layendecker at [email protected] ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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