Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Act Now for the Budget for All! + Jeff Cohen, on Norman Solomon

 From: Tim Carpenter for PDA []
Sent: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:58 PM
Subject: Act Now for the Budget for All!

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We Need the "Budget for All"

Dear Ed,

This budget would quickly and safely bring our troops home, create jobs, close wasteful loopholes, unleash creativity, as well as invest in our people and infrastructure--all while reducing the deficit and debt over 10 years! The radical Ryan Plan threatens our precarious economic recovery by slashing essential programs, yet offers no deficit reduction. Administration proposals are a step in the right direction, but don't do enough.

Tell your Representative to vote for the "Budget for All"

The CPC "Budget for All" reflects our values
"Americans believe, and experts agree, that the solution to our debt and deficit woes should rely on three components: Job growth, increased revenues, and spending cuts. The Budget for All relies on all three. Government is not the panacea for the issues that we face, but it is not the singular cause of our nation's strife as some would suggest. Our budget is a plan for those that believe in a government that works for them and helps find solutions [and invests] in Job Creation Now and Lays the Foundation for the Future by focusing investments ... in targeted areas such as transportation infrastructure, domestic manufacturing, and small businesses innovation, while supporting tax credits for working families." (See: the "Budget for All").

Tell your elected officials the "Budget for All" would:

  • End emergency war funding beginning in FY '14, reduce base discretionary defense spending.
  • Bring our troops home and realign national security strategy, saving $1.1 trillion over 10 years.
  • Invest $2.9 trillion in jobs, manufacturing, alternative energy, entrepreneurs and small business.
  • Let Bush-era tax cuts expire for the highest incomes in '12, enact a high net-worth surcharge.
  • Treat capital gains and qualified dividends as ordinary income.
  • Limit regressive itemized deductions for high earners.
  • End corporate welfare, establish accountability to discourage--not subsidize--harmful activity.
  • Reduce deficits $6.8 trillion, cut spending $749 billion, reduce debt to 62.3% of GDP by '22.
  • Much more! (See the "Budget for All" for more details and rationale.)

Tell your Representative and Senators to vote for and support the "Budget for All!"

Please join us! Tell your Representative and your Senators that we need strong leadership and smart solutions to get America moving again. We need the "Budget for All."

Use this link to tell your elected officials to vote for and actively support the "Budget for All." Then, please share this alert with all your friends and contacts.

Thank you!

For peace, justice, and prosperity for all,

Tim Carpenter and Andrea Miller
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)

Thom Hartmann
Radio/Televesion Host/Writer
Advisory  Board  Member Progressive Democrats of  America (PDA) 

Reverend Jesse Jackson
Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Jim Hightower
Radio Host/PDA Advisory Board member

Norman Solomon
National  Co-Chair Healthcare NOT Warfare Campaign

Tom Hayden
Peace and Justice Resource Center, Culver City

Michael Eisenscher
US Labor Against the War (USLAW)

Rusti Eisenberg and Gael Murphy
United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ)

Mike Prokosch
New Priorities Project

David Swanson

Jeff Cohen
Co-Founder Roots Action

Howie Klein
Blue America


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From: Jeff Cohen []
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 2:00 PM
Subject: Am I moving to California? (please forward)

Ten days ago, I was back in California helping Norman Solomon’s campaign for Congress. It felt like home. If Norman – who helped me launch FAIR – wins this open seat in a VERY PROGRESSIVE DISTRICT on California’s beautiful North Coast, I may well move there.

Please help him win. The primary is June 5 (voting-by-mail starts early May.)

When I last emailed you, I was urging you to vote online for Norman in the national straw poll of 200 liberal/progressive congressional candidates. It was a big success. HE CAME IN 2nd – winning the endorsement of Democracy for America, volunteer help and thousands in donations. The outpouring of support was a testament to his lifelong activism/advocacy for peace and justice.

Norman’s campaign keeps growing – 900 volunteers, nearly 4,200 individual donors. And he was just endorsed by SEIU California, the only non-elected official in the race to be endorsed by the powerful union.

For a grassroots/small donor campaign, Norman is closing in on an impressive $500,000 in donations.

HELP HIM REACH HIS GOAL by donating here.

Norman needs the funds for voter outreach. He is up against two corporate-connected Democrats who can raise a million dollars each, and buy up TV and radio. But Norman’s strong ground game can defeat their air game -- just as progressive Paul Wellstone did when he entered the U.S. Senate after being outspent 7 to 1.

If you have friends or relatives who live in the sprawling district that stretches along California’s coast from Marin County to the Oregon border, urge them to vote for Norman and join his army of volunteers.

Whenever I’m in Vermont I feel at home . . . because I’m among voters who’ve so wisely sent the great Bernie Sanders to Congress for two decades. (After hearing Norman speak, Congressman Mike Honda called him “a young Bernie Sanders.”)

When I’m on California’s North Coast, I want to have that same feeling. With Norman in Congress, that beautiful area will also feel like liberated territory.

--Jeff Cohen

PS. If you’ve already donated, please give a little bit more by March 31. That’s the last fundraising filing deadline before the primary, and Norman needs to show strength. His campaign website is here.



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