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Mike 03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:08 PM
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Does DU have a sort of "action alert" network for Obama? This is why I ask:
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 06:09 PM by Mike 03
Starting all ready, and over the next four years, Obama is going to be confronted with obstacles at every turn, such as my idiotic senator here in AZ, Jon Kyl, who viciously and shamefully attacked Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury last week.

What would be helpful is if there was some sort of action alert network that could alert us to any Congressperson or Senator who is trying to hinder Obama from making good on his vision, plan, ideas (and ethical ideals), so that we can all respond so quickly, assertively and decisively that his opponents will think twice before trying to sabotage his goals.

He is going out on a limb to make his vision a reality. We have to watch his back. Don't we??

Just a thought. Anyone agree? Disagree?
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:10 PM
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1. Yes, I agree that we should be able to fight for Obama
not just against him.

Great idea!
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:10 PM
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2. Attacking Geithner is the new black.
This is being pushed everywhere as a way to discredit the new administration on everything. It's all part of their plan.

But they loved him when he was at The Fed, doling out money to banks and stock brokerages.
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:17 PM
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3. i agree, i've been giving everyone i meet the # to the white
house so they can: tell obama we have his back if he needs it, give obama ideas,ask if there is anything we can do like call somebody & complain. i tell them that is why obama ran for president, so we can start running our country so we HAVE to step up! i tell them to tell everyonbe they know also. i think you are totally right!
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:46 PM
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13. calling the offending congress critter
is even more important
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:17 PM
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4. we have the Activist Corp
email EarlG and see what he says......
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:22 PM
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5. Activist HQ is here:
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:22 PM
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6. (aside) Congrats on the new username, I just caught that you made the change.
:hi:
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:33 PM
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9. hi Pinto!!
yes, it only took 2.5 years :rofl:

poor Skinner I just bugged him half to death, he finally called amnesty to get me off this back

:evilgrin:
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:27 PM
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11. Patience is a virtue, persistence pays off.
:hi:
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liberalmuse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:23 PM
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7. I totally agree!
And have been thinking this myself. Check this out:

http://www.credoaction.com /

Great site! I sent something off to Cornyn this morning. You can also get alerts on your mobile phone. Moveon.org is always great, too.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:25 PM
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8. We're discussing that in my group
There are still a lot of grassroots Obama groups meeting across the country. I hope we will all stay involved with the Renew America, Organizing America, groups and then create a sub-group to do exactly what you're talking about.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:24 PM
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10. Sure would be great...
there are surely enough of us out here in internet land to make a difference. I think alot of us here do it anyway, but it would be nice to be part of an organized response.
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AdHocSolver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:28 PM
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12. The right wing spends millions on "think tanks". We must use the "grass roots" to counter them.
Progressives have to neutralize the right wing lies and misrepresentations immediately and forcefully.

A lie let loose gets repeated by the mindless until it develops an existence of its own. This is why the right wing is able to get people to side with them.

This is the reason why "centrist" Democrats are so easily befuddled. They have no good response to the stupidities promoted by the right. By hemming and hawing, the Democrats give credibility to what is, with a little bit deeper analysis, patently contrary to reality.

This is how, for example, the right wing has been able to promote "trickle down" economics. Economies are not "supply" driven, but rather "demand" driven. There is plenty of supply of goods and services out there. The economy is tanking for LACK OF DEMAND. DEMAND is people having and wanting to spend money. Without demand, you can have all the "supply" in the world, the economy will go into recession or worse.

This was true back in "supply side economics" Reagan's day as it is today. Hardly any Democrats and very few economists pointed this out back then, and few are pointing it out today. The whole bailout scam assumes "supply side" economics is reality. The Feds lowering the interest rates supposedly to create "liquidity" is another fraud.

People are not buying or investing because they are afraid of being defrauded (rightly so), or they have lost, or are afraid of losing, their jobs. Bailing out the financial institutions that perpetrated the frauds does NOT give people confidence to spend or invest. Just the opposite, the bailouts send the message that crime does pay.

Priming the economic "pump" by investing in infrastructure and technology, as President Obama is doing, is a good start. The next step is to rewrite trade laws and tax laws to level the economic playing field so as to make it profitable for companies to create jobs in the U.S. for Americans.

When a majority of the goods and services consumed in America are made in America, many of our economic problems will diminish and go away. The huge trade deficits, the huge U.S. debt to foreigners, and the government deficits will diminish exponentially when Americans are back to work providing our goods and services.

No other economic actions will work until this unseemly offshoring of jobs is reversed. Period. The employment figures are a much more importment measure of the economy than the stock market. Using the stock market as an economic barometer is a tacit assumption of supply side, trickle down economics. It is a gross hallucination.

The tax laws must be rewritten to make it difficult for corporate executives to manipulate the stocks of their corporations, a la Enron, to defraud their corporations (and by extension, the employees and shareholders) of billions of dollars. The corporate Ponzi schemes brought us offshoring, buyout mania, and "funny" accounting practices to enable executives to temporarily boost stock prices so they can invoke their stock options and walk away with essentially tax free billions, while leaving the rest of America with a huge debt and a looming depression.

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