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Alan Grayson

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Victory, In Your Own Words

I have always said that we have the best supporters. After Election Day, you proved it. Literally thousands of supporters have reached out to us, to offer congratulations and best wishes. I wish that I could share with you what everyone said, but this is an e-mail, not a Vulcan mind-meld. So here are a beautiful few:

CONGRATULATIONS REPRESENTATIVE GRAYSON!!!!!!!! "THE SPINE" OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS RETURNED!!!! – Donnell

This is some of the best news in the entire 2012 election -- Mr. Grayson, you're a man of grit, humor, intelligence and above all, integrity. - Betsy

You are the only one telling truth to power. - Barry

No one is always right. But you sure sock it to 'em. Stay well and safe. We need your voice. - John

May you be one of the few who go to Washington, and continue speaking your mind (like that's ever going to stop). Remember the people who are counting on you. - Bonnie

You have sensitivity, a stiff back, intelligence, guts and grit. You’re my kind of Congressman. - Bill

You did more than kick ass ... you obliterated your opponent. Maybe you should check on him to see if he's OK .... - Tom

I do not live in your district but you are my favorite Representative. I may have to move!! – Ron

Congratulations on your win. That was the best $25 bucks I have ever spent. - Charlie

I was walking on clouds today. I sincerely hope this is the start of your forty-year tenure in American politics!!! GO ALAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dude, you're a god, what can I say? - George

Great win for us, the working class! - Rick

My heart skipped a beat when I saw your name in the "win" column last night. - Barbara

Congratulations, Alan. I am so happy for you and us. I live in Oregon and contributed to your campaign, because we are all connected. - Georgia

Much of the momentum that got so many Democrats elected this time around is due in a very large part to your tireless efforts. My prayers are with you tonight. So are my thanks. – Clay

My hard work making phone calls and knocking on doors has paid off in your re-election to Congress. - Donald

Congratulations Alan! You were the only congressman we could afford to spend our very limited funds supporting, but truly believed the House needed you back! - Harriet & John

I am an 88-year-old man living on retirement. I was not able to donate to many contests – I had to choose carefully. So I chose two with the meager funds I could spare. One was Alan Grayson. The other was Elizabeth Warren. The United States has won again, on both counts. - Russell

I have lost everything and am on Social Security so I am not able to give as much as I could before, but I will watch your career and support you. My very best to you, and your future in Congress. Our country is so fortunate to again have you back as one of the crew members of the "Ship of State". - Kathy

Even though, at age 87 and living on a widow's SS stipend, I was unable to contribute money to your campaign, I contacted everyone I knew in your district to tell them what an outstanding citizen they had running for Congress. I waited up much after President Obama's victory to see if you had won, and I think I woke up my nearest senior living apartment neighbors with my "Whoopees”! I am so proud that you are representing our state as one of the few in Congress who is fearless, intelligent and dedicated to doing what is necessary to take our nation properly into the 21st Century. The Creator has blessed us with you. – Emily

Every candidate I donated to WON! If that is not a sign from Heaven, I do not know what is!! Now I wish I had dug deeper and donated more to more candidates for the House! Maybe I could have single-handedly retired Michelle Bachman, or Steve King!! Another $60, at $3 apiece, might have delivered the House back to the Dems. I will try to do better next time! - Mary

YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY – Fred

And then there was this:

You are a Rock Star w/Huge Balls – unsigned

Thank you all.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

My Thanksgiving – A Turkey Sandwich at WalMart

I did not spend Thanksgiving evening with my wife and my five children. I spent it, instead, handing out turkey sandwiches to workers in WalMart. And showing my support for one brave soul who walked off the job in protest against exploitation.

WalMart “associates” make an average of just more than $10 an hour. That means that if they manage to get a full 40 hours a week – and many don’t – they get paid $1,700 a month, before taxes. Somehow, that is supposed to pay for their food, shelter, clothing and medical care, and that of their children. Quite a trick.

In state after state, the largest group of Medicaid recipients is WalMart employees. I’m sure that the same thing is true of food stamp recipients. Each WalMart “associate” costs the taxpayers an average of more than $1,000 in public assistance.

How underpaid are WalMart employees? This underpaid: if every one of them got a 30% raise, WalMart would still be profitable.

WalMart employees in the United States are not unionized. WalMart has used every trick in the book to prevent its employees from organizing. In 2005, in Canada, WalMart closed a store that had voted to go union. Recently, in Orlando, WalMart fired an employee who had just talked about unionizing. When he came back into the store, many days afterward, to say hello to his former colleagues, they handcuffed him.

It’s time to do something about this.

So on Thanksgiving, knowing that WalMart employees were missing dinner with their families, we walked into the local WalMart and handed out dinner to them. We gave them a paper bag that had three things in it: (a) a turkey sandwich, (b) a bag of chips, and (c) a letter explaining their right to organize.

There were two points to this. One was to inform the workers of their rights. And the other was to demonstrate to them, vividly, that they are not alone.

The WalMart manager had the police escort us out of the building. For handing out sandwiches. And for showing WalMart employees that they are not alone.

One brave “associate,” who had had enough of this mistreatment, walked out with us. Which is her right, under the law, to protest WalMart’s unfair labor practices. In fact, a while back, 200 employees walked out of a WalMart store, all at the same time. That really shook up the bosses.

By the way, she made sure that she finished serving her customer before she left. She’s that kind of person. WalMart actually could use a few more like her.

I showed my support. I gave her a hug.

And so it begins. WalMart accounts for more than ten percent of all of the retail sales in the United States. It is the largest private employer in the world, with more than two million employees. And even though those employees comprise barely ten percent of its cost of doing business, WalMart exploits them mercilessly. Now WalMart employees are starting to organize, starting to fight back.

Who will win? I don’t know. But I do know whose side I’m on. And I know that I’m not alone.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

"Let's Stop Stealing From the Poor. They Have No Money Left."

Last week, Alan Grayson joined former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer on Spitzer’s national TV show “Viewpoint.” The subject was priorities for the new Congress. Here is what they said:

ELIOT: Democratic Congressman-Elect Alan Grayson, newly elected in Florida’s redrawn 9th Congressional District, joins me now. Congressman, many thanks for your time. {Your speech on the Republican healthcare plan, “don’t get sick,”} was one of the most memorable moments in a memorable healthcare debate. It sent ripples through the “chattering class,” as we refer to it. Those insiders who think they know everything. They said, “Man, who is this guy?” It is great to see and hear your voice back in Washington. You will unsettle and ruffle a few feathers. So congratulations. What is number one on your agenda?

ALAN GRAYSON: To make John Boehner cry. {Laughter.} That’s so easy.

ELIOT: Congressman, that’s too easy for you. Come on, I want you to pick something harder than that.

ALAN: Oh, how about full employment? Or universal healthcare? What about that?

ELIOT: All right. Look, you are going to go to Washington to push a progressive agenda. How comfortable are you that after {the election} the President understands that this is now a time for a grand agenda, not just a “grand bargain”?

ALAN: It remains to be seen. It’s just too early to say. I couldn’t tell from watching the campaign. I couldn’t tell from his {victory} speech. I just don’t know. I don’t know if the President is going to try to fight for the Middle Class, fight to make America more equal, fight for the 99%, or whether the President is just going to try to play checkers with the other side, and see how that works out.

ELIOT: There is enormous pressure, even though the public doesn’t appreciate this, enormous pressure within the Beltway to reach a compromise, to play nice, and not to say things that sometimes need to be said, but are not comfortable for people to hear. And so, I sense, and the reason I am so excited about your going back to Washington is that you will push the White House, and hold them accountable if they cave too quickly. What should the President’s first offer to John Boehner be?

ALAN: Or if they cave {at all}. Wait a minute. Why talk about caving at all? The Democrats won the election. And I’ll tell you this -- I’m upset by the idea that we would try to make our fiscal policy somehow more sound at the expense of our seniors. I don’t understand why we want to do that. Why are we taking from the people who have nothing, in order to feed the rich? I just don’t get that. I don’t understand why. I’m against cuts in benefits for Social Security -- period. I’m against cuts in benefits in Medicare -- period. We’re just going to find another way to solve the deficit problem. We have to, because it is not fair to the seniors. We’re not going to throw Grandma from the train, as long as I’m going to have anything to say about it.
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ELIOT: Which means that you are going to propose, you and those who agree with you (and I’m one of them) a tax policy, a tax plan that will take us in a more progressive direction, that will close the loopholes. Will you actually lay out for the White House, you and colleagues say, “Here in the Progressive Caucus, here is the plan, the alternative plan that will get us where we need to go?” And when would you do that for us?

ALAN: Yes, every year the Progressive Caucus has proposed an alternative budget. This goes back for a long, long time. And the alternative budget is based, in part, upon progressive taxation: The idea that Mitt Romney should not be paying less in taxes than the secretary who works for Warren Buffet or anybody else. The idea that the rich should pay their fair share. . . .We {should} go back to the principle that a dollar is a dollar, and just because you are rich and you get it through capital gains doesn’t mean you get some sort of special tax break, or if you get it through qualified dividends you get some special tax break. If we go back to the {common} sense that a dollar is a dollar, that they’re all green, {so} let’s tax them equally, that itself would go substantially to reduce the deficit. That tax break alone is over $100 billion a year.
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ELIOT: Well the notion of saying, as you just did, capital gains income is the same thing as ordinary income, taxing them in an equal way, it was actually in Simpson-Bowles, {but} of course people want to ignore that. And a critical report just came out from the Congressional Research Service saying that the premise of the entire Republican tax policy, which is that lowering tax rates on capital increases investment, is wrong. And it seems to me if you argue that point to the public, they will understand that what you’re proposing is the right way to go, both on equity grounds and on economic development grounds.

ALAN: Yes, and let’s stop stealing from the poor. They just don’t have any money left.
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ELIOT: I think that after what has been going on recently, that’s certainly the case. Is there some irony that you appreciate that Allen West lost and you won? Do you see this as the shift in the tectonic plates of politics?

ALAN: It’s a massive upgrade in Alans. That’s how I see it. Possibly the greatest upgrade in Alans that humanity has ever seen.
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ELIOT: Well it’s a good thing you and he aren’t going to have desks right next to each other. I think maybe he would disagree with you. But I’ll leave that since he’s now out and you are in, and let’s hope it continues that way. But it is kind of remarkable because the Tea Party got a thumping that nobody could have predicted two years ago. What do you think happened in the public that led to this?

ALAN: Well, I think there has been some abating in the public’s willingness to listen to nonsense from the Koch Brothers, and the health insurance companies, and Karl Rove, and all these people who gin up all these fancy ads that mean nothing. I think that, unfortunately, the public has reached a point where it simply doesn’t believe what it sees on TV and therefore, their so-called magic is not working any longer. But I think on a deeper level, what it means is this: The reason why the party is over for the Tea Party is that they couldn’t come up with any solutions to any problems. Here it is, more than three years later since I made that {“don’t get sick”} speech, and it is still true that as far as the Tea Party is concerned, if you don’t have health insurance, then as far as they’re concerned if you get sick, you’re out of luck. You know, just don’t get sick. That was true then, and it’s true now. Whether you are talking about employment, you’re talking about education, you’re talking about benefits, you’re talking about anything that actually matters in people’s lives, healthcare, housing, {etc.}, they’ve got no answers to anything. So of course they are going to fail. That’s a political dead end. They’re ignoring the voters, so sooner or later the voters are going to ignore them.
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ELIOT: Congressman, I think that’s exactly right. What the Republicans found so problematic about that speech you gave on the Floor was its accuracy. You lanced the boil of their policies through the simplicity of how you articulated it. All I can say is that it is wonderful to have you back. Congratulations on your win. Democratic Congressman-Elect Alan Grayson of Florida, we look forward to having you on this show in months ahead.

ALAN: Thank you, thank you very much.

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"This is An Artificial Crisis, to Steal From the Middle Class"

A few days ago, Alan Grayson was back on national TV with Cenk Uygur, host of “The Young Turks,” talking about the so-called “fiscal cliff.” Here is what they said:

CENK UYGUR: What’s unacceptable is how Washington continues to screw the Middle Class over. Now a guy who has been fighting against that is Representative Alan Grayson. He’s a former congressman and a future congressman because he just got elected to Florida’s (9th) District in Orlando. Congressman Grayson, (it’s) great to have you here. First of all, talk to me about the “Grand Bargain.” As it is currently structured, are you in favor of it or against it?

ALAN GRAYSON: I’m entirely against it. Look, Naomi Klein wrote a whole book about this, called The Shock Doctrine. This is an artificial shock. It’s being induced in order to be able to justify policies you could not possibly justify on their merits, and I think that people are getting very frustrated about this. The polls clearly show that over three quarters of the population doesn’t want any cuts in benefits in Social Security, or any cuts in benefits for Medicare, in order to be able to reduce the deficit. What they want, a majority, want cuts in the defense budget, and they want an end to the war in Afghanistan to reduce the deficit. And instead what we are seeing is this artificial creation (of a crisis), right after we saw a real crisis. We saw a real crisis in Hurricane Sandy, and that’s what a real crisis looks like. An artificial crisis is being instituted to steal from us, to steal from the Middle Class, and to steal from people in need.
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So now, unfortunately, not only do you have the Republicans against you, it appears that you’ve got the Administration against you. They can’t wait to do this Grand Bargain. So how in the world do progressive Democrats fight back to make sure it doesn’t happen?

ALAN: Well, first we have to make sure people understand there is a third choice. We can’t have the Republican Party saying, “We want to strip away your Medicare and your Social Security,” like they do in the Ryan Budget, which they all voted for and which passed the House, and then have the Democratic Party say, “Have half.” That doesn’t work. There’s got to be a third alternative. Somebody has to say, “No, that’s just not the way we are going to do this. We’re not going to strip money from the people in need. We’re not going to throw Grandma from the train. We’re just not going to do it.”
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What you’re going to see is that this will become a litmus test. This will become a litmus test in the Democratic Party, in the same way that favoring tax cuts for the rich has become a litmus test for the Republican Party. Anybody who votes for cuts in Social Security and cuts in Medicare can expect a primary in the year 2014.
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CENK: That would be terrific. Now, as you go into this Congress, and unfortunately you are going to get there after the lame duck session, where they might cut this Grand Bargain. How much of a fighting squad do you have with you? How many progressives can stand up and actually say that? Is it a large enough block to actually throw a roadblock into what’s happening?

ALAN: Yes, but it shouldn’t come to that. The Democratic Party should be united. We are the Party that created Social Security. We are the Party that created Medicare. We should stand behind it. We should protect it. It’s amazingly popular among the voters. Why should we shoot ourselves in the head by saying we’re going to end these programs, we’re going to cut back these programs, when we created them and the voters love them?
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CENK: It is such a good question. Unfortunately there is no good answer for that, except for the fact that, of course, a lot of the Democratic Party establishment also takes money from corporations, and the rich and the powerful, and so no matter what the election says, the rich and the powerful including the defense contractors wind up winning anyway. We hope that you can be successful in your fight back on the policy issues. And, as always, thank you so much for joining us Congressman Grayson.

ALAN: Thank you very much. It’s a pleasure. Thank you.

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"If You Make the Voters Your Enemy, They Will Fight Back."

On the day after Election Day, Alan Grayson was back on national TV with Joy Behar, host of "Say Anything." Here is what they said:

JOY BEHAR: My first guest is returning to Congress after beating his opponent by 25 points last night in Florida. Wait, did I read that right? It's Florida. Are we sure he didn't beat the other guy by 25 votes? No? Oh, I read that right. Okay then, please welcome from Florida's 9th District, Congressman Alan Grayson. Thank you for joining me, Congressman. It's lovely to have you here. Congratulations on your win.

ALAN GRAYSON: Thank you. According to the House Historian, it's the biggest turnaround, the biggest comeback in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.

JOY: It's a beautiful thing.

ALAN: I'm proud.

JOY: How good does it feel to know that Obama gets a second term? I know I'm elated about it. Are you?

ALAN: It gives us a chance to make some progress on solving our problems. I think that if Mitt Romney had been elected, it would have been all over. You would have seen no progress on employment, no progress on healthcare, no progress on housing, no progress on education, just giant steps backwards. So now we have a chance to go - as the President said - "forward."

JOY: It's funny because the Republicans I spoke to, a couple of Republicans I spoke to today were like, "Everything stays the same now, nothing changes." And yet you are saying everything will change.

ALAN: Well, I don't know. I'll tell you this: as much as I can do, things are going to change. We have big problems that need to be solved. We have 25 million people in this country who are looking for full-time work and can't find it. We need full employment. We have 50 million people in this country who can't see a doctor when they are sick. We need universal healthcare. There are all these problems that need to be solved. The fact that the cast of characters may not have changed much is irrelevant. What matters most are, "What are people's needs," and "What are you going to do about them?"

JOY: I was a little worried about the popular vote last night. But Romney ended up losing by almost 3 million. Is that enough to shut the Republicans up now about the popular vote, or are they gonna just kvetch about it still?

ALAN: No, he'll always be the President from Kenya, there's nothing to do about that. They just have this demented desire to try to discount his very existence as a human being. The reason why they're obsessed with his birth certificate is that they wanted to pretend that he wasn't even there, that he was never born, and that's not going to change. It didn't change the first time and it's not going to change the second time. But people now recognize that America wants to move forward. We have to address our real problems. People want justice, they want equality, and they want peace. And only the Democratic Party has any idea about how to deliver on that.

JOY: I agree with that. I want to talk to you, though, about voting in Florida, your state. Let me play a clip of what Vice President Al Gore said last night right here on Current about long lines in Florida, and about voter suppression. Let's watch it.

AL GORE: It is a strategy that is a direct descendant of the racist, Jim Crow tactics that were used in the wake of the Civil War to prevent black people from voting. It's more sophisticated now. It's dressed up in different kinds of language, but it is un-American. It is wrong. It is a disgrace to this country, and there ought to be a bipartisan movement to say, "Enough of this."

JOY: Your response, Congressman? Anything to respond to that?

ALAN: I think it's even worse than that, and far more dangerous. What the Republicans are doing is different from what they normally do. They normally try to vilify groups that can't fight back. They vilify the undocumented because they can't vote, so they can't retaliate. They vilify pregnant teenagers because they can't vote either. Here, they're vilifying the voters. They're attacking the voters. They're pissing the voters off, and that's a very dangerous thing for elected officials to do anywhere.

We had lines as long as six hours here in Central Florida to vote, and it was simply because the Republicans wanted it that way. It's because Rick Scott wanted it that way. It's because the Republican super-majorities in Tallahassee wanted it that way. If you make voters your enemy, the voters know that, and they are going to fight back.

JOY: Well it seems as though it is easier to register for a gun in Florida than it is to register to vote. Something has to be done. It's still up in the air, isn't it, Florida, at the time that we are speaking?

ALAN: Well, it's close, but the President is ahead by a significant margin. What matters here is that the Republicans have established themselves in the voters' minds as the anti-voting party. And it's a very short step to go from the anti-voting party to be the anti-voter party. People now recognize in a very fundamental, direct way that the Republicans do not have their interests at heart. If they won't let you vote, that means they're not going to do anything else for you either.

JOY: Tell me something. What is your prediction for the Tea Party? Because they seem to have taken a bit of a hit, not necessarily in Congress, but just generally. Do you think that they're done, or will they come roaring back? What do you think about that?

ALAN: I think the Tea Party is dead, because they would never talk about solutions to people's problems. You know, what people want to hear about is full employment. They want to hear about universal health care. They want hear about an end to discrimination. They want to hear about progressive, fair taxation for everybody. They want to hear about peace. They want to hear about the things that matter in their lives. Whether it is education or housing or healthcare or jobs, the Tea Party never had an answer for that. As I've said before, the Tea Party's answer when you didn't have health coverage, when you couldn't see a doctor when you're sick, was, "Don't get sick."

JOY: Right.

ALAN: And time and time again, whatever the issue was, it was always the same. They want to talk about some kind of nonsensical fabric that fills only their own heads and no one else's, and not deal with the real problems in people's lives. And that's a dead end. In politics, that's a dead end. You can't ignore the voters and expect support. You can't ignore the problems that people face that are too big for them to solve individually, and expect the voters are going to rally around you. The Tea Party was a Koch Brothers' construct right from the beginning, and now the construct has collapsed, like a house of cards.

JOY: Do you think the Koch Brothers will collapse?

ALAN: Well, you know, I think that their idea that they could manipulate 312 million people to do their bidding for them, that idea is collapsing. People are waking up. Their tools, the Koch Brothers tools, are basically lies repeated endlessly on TV. That tool is becoming ineffective. We're paying a price for it, because now people don't believe what they see on TV, and that's unfortunate. But the fact is the Koch Brothers have proven that you can't fool all the people all the time.

JOY: Thank you. Thank you, Abe Lincoln. Thank you, Alan Grayson. It's really a pleasure to speak to you, and congratulations again on your win.

ALAN: Thank you very much.

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"I'm back.
I'm back in the saddle again.
I'm riding, I'm loading up my pistol.
I'm riding, I really got a fistful.
I'm riding, I'm shining up my saddle.
I'm riding, this snake is gonna rattle."


- Aerosmith, "Back in the Saddle" (1976).

The Biggest Comeback in the History of the House

We won. And our victory last night was the biggest comeback in the history of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In 2010, we lost by 18 points. In 2012, last night, we won by 25 points, 62.5% to 37.5%. That’s a 43-point swing, back to victory.

No one has ever done that before. We made history.

Our polling shows that we won every county, every municipality, every race, every age group, every language group and each gender. We won it all.

So to every voter, thank you.

To the 100,000 supporters who contributed this campaign, whether it was a dollar or $5,000, thank you.

To the volunteers who made more than a quarter of a million live phone calls to get out our vote, thank you.

To our brilliant canvassing staff of fifty, who have knocked on doors every single day since March, thank you.

To the thousands of people who wrote to us to give your advice or express your support, or forwarded our e-mails to your friends, or followed our campaign on Facebook, thank you.

To everyone who marches behind the standards of justice, equality and peace, thank you.

If you helped in any way, large or small, then you can savor this sweet moment. You made it happen.

Congratulations to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown and Tammy Duckworth. Goodbye, Allen West.

I have a feeling that this won’t be the only time that we make history. In fact, if we all work together this way, you can count on it.

Courage,

Alan Grayson

Republican Voter Suppression Will Backfire

Alan Grayson was on national TV last night, discussing Republican voter suppression efforts in Florida. Here is what he said:

CENK UYGUR: All right. Now we're going to turn to Congressman Alan Grayson. He's a former Congressman from Florida and very likely to be a future Congressman from Florida. He's running again tomorrow, and it looks like he's in good shape. Congressman Grayson, thank you for joining us on the Young Turks.

ALAN GRAYSON: Thank you.

CENK: I want to talk to you about Florida. Right now Public Policy Polling has President Obama up by one point, but as you see all voter suppression efforts throughout Florida, it makes you concerned, obviously. So if you get back in to Congress, is there anything you can do to make sure that the Republicans don't do this in every single election cycle?

ALAN: Yes, look, we have to expand the Voting Rights Act to make sure that the right to vote is effective. Here in Orange County, they have suppressed the early vote by cutting the days down from fourteen to eight, and it has been very effective. Early voting is 2-to-1 Democratic. It has been for many years. And by cutting down the days {of early voting}, they've cut down the votes. There are 20,000 fewer people who have voted in Orange County by early voting {this year}, because they cut down the days. Some people were still on line past midnight a few days ago here, desperate to vote.

And why do they {cut the early voting days}? Because they cut the Democratic vote. Ask yourself, "Who has to vote by mail? Who has to vote early?" It's people who work on Tuesdays. It's an affront, it's an insult to working America to cut back on these hours. We have people here in Orange County and Osceola County who have two jobs on Tuesdays. They start to work maybe 6, 7 o'clock in the morning. They don't get off until 8 or 9 at night. They have no choice. If they want to vote, they have to vote early, they have to vote by mail. And the Republicans are determined to see them not vote at all, to see that their votes are not counted.
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CENK: See Congressman Grayson, I oftentimes think that people have this disconnect where they think, "Oh, it's okay. I can vote for a Republican in my state as Governor, Secretary of State, whatever it might be. It's not going to affect national politics." But whenever we get to these elections, it winds up affecting national politics a lot, doesn't it?

ALAN: Look, this is a whole new tack by the Republicans. You'll often see them do things like vilify the undocumented, because they can't vote. They vilify teenage pregnancies; teenagers can't vote either. Here they are doing something very dangerous, very new; they are vilifying the voters. And I think it's going to backfire on them.

CENK: All right, Congressman Alan Grayson, one more question for you. Are you going to win tomorrow?

ALAN: It looks that way, we're doing very well. Look, we've run a kick-ass campaign, so you are going to see a kick-ass result.

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Mommy, Daddy, What Did You Do in the 2012 Election?

We’ve reached a fork in the road.

One tine of that fork leads us to full employment; universal healthcare; Social Security, Medicare and pensions; paid sick leave and vacations; progressive taxation; clean elections; a clean and sustainable economy; higher education for everyone who wants it; an end to discrimination; and peace.

The other tine of that fork leads to brutal inequality; endless war; tax breaks for billionaires and multinational corporations; institutionalized bigotry; the destruction of our environment; no growth; no opportunity; no social mobility; and cheap labor.

That fork is this 2012 election.

Don’t be surprised if your children ask, “What did you do in the 2012 election?”

Now, I’ve got that answer covered. I’m prepared to leave my profession behind, and leave my wife and five children each week, to serve in Congress.

What about you? What’s your answer?

I’m sorry to say this, but this is one of those rare times when voting isn’t enough. You’re just going to have to do more – so that you can live with yourself.

It might be making phone calls to your friends, to make sure that they’ve voted. It might be volunteer poll-watching. It might be driving someone you know to the polls. It might be a last-minute contribution to this campaign, or some other campaign. It might be “virtual phonebanking” with the PCCC or DFA or PDA. It might be an e-mail blast to everyone on your list, sharing your thoughts and making these suggestions about how they can help. If you happen to live in our district, then you can go to any polling place tomorrow, and you will find a Grayson for Congress table there, all day long, where you can pitch in.

Whatever it is in your case, do it. Just do it. So that whatever the future may bring, you can say to yourself, “I did what I could – no regrets.”

Courage,

Alan Grayson

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

- Yogi Berra
Posted by Alan Grayson | Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:08 PM (2 replies)

Alan Grayson Will Make Every Democrat in Congress Better

Legendary populist Jim Hightower was in Orlando this week, helping the Grayson for Congress campaign. Jim is the "anti-Limbaugh" on national radio, and the author of the brilliant books “There’s Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos,” “Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow,” and “Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.” Jim recorded this special video message for you:

Hi, Jim Hightower here, in support of my friend and a great fighting populist, Alan Grayson.

An old time humorist once said that, “Every now and then, an innocent man gets sent to the legislature.” Well, Alan Grayson is innocent of the corporate money and the caving in to corporate interests that so many practice in Washington.

But he is not innocent in terms of knowing how to get things done, for ordinary people. In fact, he drives those right-wingers and the corporate lobbyists crazy. Of course, that’s a pretty short ride for most of them.

There’s a motel here in my town of Austin, Texas. It has a great iconic marquee in front of it. It says, “No additives, no preservatives, corporate-free since 1938.” That is Alan Grayson; that is our guy; corporate free. He is a leader who actually leads. Imagine that. And he will make every Democrat in Congress better just by his presence there, and by his fighting spirit. So that will add up to making America a better place to be. That’s why I am backing Alan Grayson.

Fighting for what’s right,

Jim Hightower

Click here to see the video. And if you’re backing Alan Grayson, like Jim Hightower is, then please show your support -- click to CONTRIBUTE.
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Posted by Alan Grayson | Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:36 PM (4 replies)

Today Only: 25 Hours to Contribute

Today, and today only, you have 25 hours to contribute to our campaign.

Why? Because today all the clocks have been set back by one hour, silly.

Now, if you happen to live in Arizona or Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan or American Samoa, you are S.O.L. No daylight savings time in those places, so you have only 24 hours to contribute to this campaign today. Tough luck, buddy.

But everyone else in the United States has one extra hour to help us win.

What will you do with your extra hour today? Will you boil 20 three-minute eggs, one after the other? Will you make 60 pots of Uncle Ben's minute rice? Will you run 15 four-minute miles? Will you listen to 120 30-second political ads?

Will you check the TV listings to see what aired between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. this morning, twice?

Will you kill the entire day resetting all the clocks and watches in your house, in your car, and on your wrist?

We hope not. Because you really need to use the extra hour today to do something really, really important - contribute to our campaign. It takes just five minutes. Which leaves you with another fifty-five minutes to do whatever you want. In fact, after you contribute, you can take the rest of the day off.

Think about it. It's only two days before the election. Some powerful unknown force has added an hour to your life, just today. Doesn't it almost seem as if . . . someone . . . were trying to tell you . . . something? And we know exactly what that "something" is: you should help elect Alan Grayson to Congress.

If you don't, then somebody else will. At least we hope so. But maybe not. Either way, we warned you.

Don't miss this golden opportunity. There has never been a better time. For every season, there's a reason. Strike while the iron is hot. Make hay while the sun shines.

The hour has come - a whole extra hour. Carpe diem, especially a diem that is 25 hours long.

It's time to help. And thanks.
Posted by Alan Grayson | Sun Nov 4, 2012, 08:30 PM (0 replies)
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