Thursday, February 05, 2009

Conservatives are Beating Us...


Dear Progressive Voter:
Conservatives are Beating Us...
For every 100 phone calls to Congress from conservatives trying to obstruct change, there is only 1 phone call from a progressive demanding passage of President Obama's economic recovery bill. We won't get change unless your Senators hear from you NOW! Call 1-866-544-7573 and demand economic recovery NOW!
100 to 1. We've gotten word from our progressive friends on Capitol Hill that for every one hundred phone calls to Congress from conservatives trying to obstruct change, there is only one phone call from a citizen demanding passage of President Obama's economic recovery bill.
Backed by this conservative grassroots pressure, Senate Republicans are moving rapidly as a block to obstruct - pushing reforms that are designed essentially to make the plan fail. They're demanding that billions be cut from a plan that, if anything, is already too small, and that more be diverted to top-end tax cuts.
That's not how you create jobs or counter a recession.
We can't allow this partisan posturing in the midst of a national crisis. Progressives need to pick up the phone now to counter the onslaught of calls pouring into the Senate from conservatives.
Consider what conservatives might succeed in passing if they continue to out-call us 100 to 1:
  • Giving corporations a 30% tax cut, instead of investing in clean green energy that will put people to work.
  • $3.1 trillion in tax cuts for the wealthy that we know simply don't work to create jobs.
  • Less help for states that will be forced to lay off workers, instead of funds to retain police and teachers.
This is not the change America is demanding. It's the same failed Bush policies that drove us to economic disaster. It's time to get to work. This is the first big battle of the Obama administration, and we've got to reignite the fight for change.
Most Americans support a big and bold bill that creates jobs, generates clean energy, modernizes infrastructure, makes education and health care more affordable and protects state governments from slashing services.
But that message is getting drowned out in Washington as conservatives out-organize us and bury Congress in calls. We need to respond!
On the night Barack Obama was elected President, he said, "This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change. And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. It cannot happen without you."
And it cannot happen if we let conservatives out maneuver us on this pivotal first fight 100 to 1. If we want to turn change from a slogan to reality, we must speak up. Now.
Robert L. Borosage, Co-Director

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