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Using Facebook To Attack ObamaCARES Backfired For Sen Ted “CruiseControl” Cruz. Dumbass.


 

By Jueseppi B.

Oops. Texas Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz asked people on facebook if they’re better off, since the ACA took effect. He got the answer – not the one he wanted.

Oops. Texas Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz asked people on facebook if they’re better off, since the ACA took effect. He got the answer – not the one he wanted.

 

From Addicting Info:

 

Ted Cruz Tries To Use Facebook To Prove No One Likes Obamacare And It Blows Up In His Face

 

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The Tea Party crusade against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hit a huge snag this week. On March 24, 2014, Texas Tea Party Senator, Ted Cruz, decided to put up a ‘quick poll,’ about the ACA on his facebook page. Problem? The Koch brothers don’t control the conversation on social media, the people do.

Ask a question, get an answer.

The question Rafael ‘Ted’ Cruz asked on facebook was simple. Are you better off now than you were before the ACA, also called Obamacare, was signed into law, four years ago?

Nearly 40,000 comments later, the resounding answer from people all across the country was YES.

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People love the ACA.

People who responded to the question cited different reasons for saying that they’re better off since the ACA went into effect. Some pointed out that the ACA has saved them money, reduced their monthly premiums, and lowered deductibles and co-pays.

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A large number of those who responded to Cruz’s ‘quick poll,’ said cited the ACA that prevents insurance companies from dropping people with a preexisting condition.

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Others pointed to the laws requirement that young people be allowed to stay on their parent’s insurance until the age of 26.

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Some pointed out that the law prevents insurance companies from putting lifetime limits on healthcare spending.

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People pointed to the overall benefits of the ACA, including keeping the rising cost of medical care under control, which benefits everyone.

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Many of those who responded cited the most important benefit one can imagine. ‘It saved my life.’

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Not everyone said that Obamacare had helped them. There were intermittent responses from the tea party crowd. When called out, it quickly became apparent that the ‘no’ respondents had not signed up for the ACA or even reviewed their options, under the law.

There were people like this woman, who claims she doesn’t want insurance and won’t pay for it.

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In spite of her professed ideology, she clearly has no problem shifting the burden of her healthcare onto the public. If she gets hurt in an accident or becomes sick, her options will be to file for bankruptcy, unless she has hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay her own medical expenses.

Not surprisingly, statistics show that red states have the highest rate of bankruptcy in the nation. Four out of the states with the highest number of personal bankruptcies are red. Medical debt accounts for more than 60 percentof all bankruptcies. What the tea party doesn’t get is that everyone in the country has been covering their medical expenses for years. Obamacare means no more free riders. Everyone who can afford to, has to contribute to the system. Maybe that’s what they’re so mad about, underneath the surface of all that patriotic, flag waving showmanship.

There’s nothing patriotic about driving healthcare costs up for everyone else in the country, because you falsely believe that being asked to pay taxes is unconstitutional. There’s nothing patriotic about bankrupting the medical system, because you take a ‘moral position’ against buying health insurance. There’s certainly nothing patriotic about using it as a weapon in order to try andshut down the government.

Besides the ‘I’m not gonna and you can’t make me’ crowd, there were those who were clearly just lying, like this guy:

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For every ‘no’ answer Cruz received, there were dozens of yes answers. As of March 27, more than 6 million people had signed up for the ACA, exceeding the CBO’s estimate for the initial enrollment period. Millions more are reaping the benefits through expanded Medicaid, lower costs, free annual check-ups and preventative care and the assurance of knowing they can’t be dropped if they become sick.

 

GOP Throws In The Towel, Quietly Backs Away From ‘ACA Alternative

 

The Party Of No Hates Obamacare So Much That They Make Their Point By Rejecting Medicaid Expansion

 

 

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Published on Mar 12, 2014

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Published on Mar 28, 2014

Having just turned 27, Jeremi Mattern and Tyler Dagger of the Texas based band, Driver Friendly, knew it was important to get health coverage. Watch their story and learn more about your health insurance options at HealthCare.gov.

 

 

 

 

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Survivors Of Domestic Violence Now Have Better Access To Obamacare Benefits

 

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Survivors of domestic violence who are living separately from an abusive spouse will now be able to claim tax credits to help them afford an Obamacare plan, thanks to new rules being developed by the federal government. Before the change, these individuals were locked out of federal assistance for health care unless they filed joint taxes with their abuser.

 

 

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The Latest Koch Brothas Updates.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Koch Brothers Exposed is a 2012 US political documentary, compiled by Robert Greenwald from a viral video campaign produced by Brave New Films, about the political activities of the Koch brothers.

 

Koch Brothers Exposed

 

Published on May 2, 2013

Documentary detailing the crimes of the Koch brothers and the hijacking of US politics.

 

 

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Editing by Joseph Suzuki
Studio Brave New Films
Release dates
  • May 8, 2012
Running time 60 min
Country United States
Language English

 

Robert Greenwald is an American filmmaker, who in the early 2000s turned toward making issues-oriented documentary films and founded Brave New Films, a liberal media company which publishes viral documentary campaigns, including the one from which this film was compiled.

 

“The billionaire brothers,” according to the campaign’s official website, “bankroll a vast network of organizations that work to undermine the interests of the 99% on issues ranging from Social Security to the environment to civil rights.” The film, described on the official website as “a hard-hitting investigation of the 1% at its very worst,” “uncovers the Kochs’ corruption—and points the way to how Americans can reclaim their democracy.”

 

 

Koch family

 

The Koch family (/ˈkk/ koke) of industrialists and businessmen is most notable for its control of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the United States. The family business was started by Fred C. Koch, who developed a new cracking method for the refinement of heavy oil into gasoline. Fred’s four sons litigated against each other over their interests in the business during the 1980s and 1990s.

 

David H. Koch and Charles G. Koch — the two brothers still with Koch Industries — are affiliated with the Koch family foundations. Annual revenues for Koch Industries have been “estimated to be a hundred billion dollars”.

 

Family members

  • Fred C. Koch (1900–1967), American chemical engineer and entrepreneur who founded the oil refinery firm that later became Koch Industries and was one of the founding members of the John Birch Society 
  • Mary Robinson Koch (October 17, 1907–December 21, 1990), wife of Fred C. and namesake of the company tanker vessel Mary R. Koch
  • Four sons of Fred C. and Mary Robinson Koch:

 

 

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Political activities

Members of the Koch family have given to conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the United States, including think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, and more recently Americans for Prosperity. Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks are organizations with links to both the Kochs and the Tea Party movement.

 

According to the Koch Family Foundations and Philanthropy website, “the foundations and the individual giving of Koch family members” have financially supported organizations “fostering entrepreneurship, education, human services, at-risk youth, arts and culture, and medical research.”

 

In 2011 the Koch Industries website was attacked by Anonymous following the Industries’ attack upon union members, the result being their website could not be accessed for 15 minutes. In 2013 one member of the group, a 38-year-old truck driver, pleaded guilty when accused of participating in the attack for a period of one minute, and received a sentence of two years federal probation, and ordered to pay $183,000 restitution.

 

 

Rachel Maddow Scorches Koch Brothers On ‘Correction’ Demand: ‘I Don’t Play Requests’

 

 

 

Koch Industries

 

Koch Industries, Inc. /ˈkk/ is an American multinational corporation based in WichitaKansas, United States, with subsidiaries involved in manufacturing, trading and investments. Koch also owns InvistaGeorgia-Pacific, Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Fertilizer, Koch Minerals and Matador Cattle Company. Koch companies are involved in core industries such as the manufacturing, refining and distribution of petroleumchemicalsenergy, fiber, intermediates and polymersmineralsfertilizerspulp and paper, chemical technology equipment, ranching, finance, commodities trading, as well as other ventures and investments. The firm employs 50,000 people in the United States and another 20,000 in 59 other countries.

 

In 2011, Forbes called it the second largest privately held company in the United States (after Cargill), with an annual revenue of about $98 billion, down from the largest in 2006. If Koch Industries were a public company in 2007, it would have ranked about 16 in the Fortune 500.

 

Fred C. Koch, after whom Koch Industries, Inc. is named, co-founded the company in 1940 and developed an innovative crude oil refining process. His sons, Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and David H. Koch, executive vice president, are principal owners of the company after they bought out their brothers, Frederick and William “Bill” Koch, for $1.1 billion in 1983. Charles and David H. Koch each own 42% of Koch Industries, and Charles has stated that the company will publicly offer shares “literally over my dead body”.

 

Koch Industries, Inc.
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Type Private
Industry Conglomerate
Founded 1940
Founder(s) Fred C. Koch
Headquarters WichitaKansasU.S.
Area served Worldwide
Key people Charles de Ganahl Koch
(Chairman & CEO)
David H. Koch
(Executive VP)
Products Asphaltchemicals,commodities trading,

energy,fibersfertilizers,

finance,mineralsnatural gas,

plastics,petroleumpulp and paper,ranching

Revenue Increase US$ 115 billion (2013)
Owner(s) Koch family (84%)
Employees 70,000 (2011)
Subsidiaries Georgia-PacificInvistaFlint Hills Resources
Website Kochind.com

 

 

 

Rachel Maddow: The ‘Koch Brothers’ Now Funding & ‘Polluting’ Florida State University

 

 

 

Political activity

Koch Industries has spent more than $50 million to lobby in Washington between 2006 and October 2011, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

 

The company has opposed the regulation of financial derivatives and limits on greenhouse gases. It sponsors free market foundations and causes.

 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, many of Koch Industries’ contributions have gone toward achieving legislation on energy issues, defense appropriations and financial regulatory reform. Koch Industries has been criticized by the environmentalist group Greenpeace for the role they allege the company plays in affecting climate change policy in the United States, along with other major producers of oil and petroleum like ExxonMobil and Chevron. Koch Industries replied saying the Greenpeace report “distorts the environmental record of our companies.”

 

One policy proposal to control global warming that Koch Industries has come out against is Low Carbon Fuel Standards, such as were passed in 2007 in California. According to Koch Industries, “LCFS would cripple refiners that rely on heavy crude feed stocks to provide the transportation fuels that keep America moving.”

 

The Koch Industries website includes an opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal by Charles Koch, one of the company’s owners, “Why Koch Industries is Speaking Out.” The article states: “Because of our activism, we’ve been vilified by various groups. Despite this criticism, we’re determined to keep contributing and standing up for those politicians, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who are taking these challenges [deficit spending by governments] seriously.”

 

The company also funds the political action committee KochPAC.

 

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Environmental and safety record

Bloomberg reports that from 1999 to 2003, Koch Industries was assessed “more than $400 million in fines, penalties and judgments.” Daniel Indiviglio, in a reaction piece appearing in The Atlantic argues that the Bloomberg article is biased and misleading, asserting that the Bloomberg team “only found eight instances of alleged misconduct by a giant multinational over the span of 63 years”.

 

In 2000, for its 300 reported oil spills which had taken place across six states, Koch paid the largest civil fine ever imposed on a company under any federal environmental law for the illegal discharge of crude oil and petroleum products. In a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Texas, the company agreed to pay a “$30 million civil penalty, improve its leak-prevention programs and spend $5 million on environmental projects.”

 

In 1996, an 8-inch-diameter steel LPG pipeline operated by Koch Pipeline Company ruptured near Lively, Texas and began leaking butane gas. The vapor cloud ignited when two residents drove their pickup truck through the flammable vapors to get to a neighbor’s house to call 9-1-1 to report the leak. The two were killed in the explosion, and approximately 25 families were later evacuated from the neighborhood without injury. An investigation conducted by the NTSB found that the pipe section which failed had not been shown to have excessive corrosion in a 1995 inspection. Regulations at the time did not provide criteria for “adequate cathodic protection.” Koch also stated that the bacteria-induced corrosion acted quicker than had ever previously been recorded in the industry. The explosion was the only event of its kind in the company’s history. In 1999, a Texas jury found that negligence had led to the rupture of the Koch pipeline and awarded the victims’ families $296 million – “the largest compensatory damages judgment in a wrongful death case against a corporation in U.S. history”.

 

In 2000, a federal grand jury returned a 97-count indictment against Koch Industries and its individual employees for environmental crimes relating to excess emissions of 85 metric tons of benzene, a known carcinogen. In 2001, Koch Industries was fined $20 million, of which $10 million was a criminal fine and $10 million to clean up the environment.

 

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David H. Koch

David Hamilton Koch (/ˈkk/; born May 3, 1940) is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States.

 

Koch is a major patron of the arts and has contributed to several charities including Lincoln CenterSloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History‘s David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of 100 million dollars for the renovation of the theater. Condé Nast Portfolio described him as “one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America”. He and his brother Charles have also donated to political advocacy groups, including Americans for Prosperity, and to political campaigns, mainly Republican. He is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991. Koch is the fourth richest person in America as of 2012, and the wealthiest resident of New York City as of 2013.

 

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Koch in 2007
Born David Hamilton Koch
May 3, 1940 (age 73)
Wichita, Kansas, US
Monuments David H. Koch Theater
Residence 740 Park Avenue
Manhattan, New York, US
Citizenship United States
Education M.S. in Chemical Engineering
Alma mater MIT
Occupation VP of Koch Industries
Known for Philanthropy to cultural and medical

institutions;
Support of libertarian and

conservative causes

Net worth Increase US$ 31 billion (2012)
Political party
Libertarian (before 1984),Republican
Opponent(s) Ran on Libertarian ticket for Vice President in

1980 election against CarterMondale,

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Board member of
Aspen InstituteCato Institute,

Reason Foundation

Spouse(s) Julia M. Flesher Koch
Children David Koch Jr.
Mary Julia Koch
John Mark Koch
Parents Fred C. Koch
Mary Robinson
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Cambridge College;
Corporate Citizens Award -

Woodrow Wilson International

Center for Scholars

 

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Charles Koch

 

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Charles de Ganahl Koch (/ˈkk/; born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries. His brother David H. Koch also owns 42% of Koch Industries and serves as Executive Vice President. The brothers inherited the business from their father, Fred C. Koch, and have since expanded the business to 2,600 times its inherited size. Originally involved exclusively inoil refining and chemicals, Koch Industries has expanded to include process and pollution control equipment and technologies; polymers and fibers; minerals; fertilizers; commodity trading and services; forest and consumer products; and ranching. The businesses produce a wide variety of well-known brands, such as Stainmaster carpet, Lycra fiber, Quilted Northern tissue and Dixie Cup. In 2007, Koch’s book The Science of Success was published. The book describes his management philosophy, referred to as “Market-Based Management”.

 

Koch provides financial support for a number of public policy and charitable organizations, including the Institute for Humane Studies and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. He co-founded the Washington, DC-based Cato Institute. Through the Koch Cultural Trust, founded by Charles Koch’s wife, Elizabeth, the Koch family has also funded artistic projects and creative artists.

 

Koch Industries is the second-largest privately held company by revenue in the United States according to a 2010 Forbes survey and as of October 2012 Charles was ranked the 6th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $34 billion—according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index—and was ranked 18th on Forbes World’s Billionaires list of 2011 (and 4th on the Forbes 400), with an estimated net worth of $25 billion, deriving from his 42% stake in Koch Industries.

 

Charles Koch
Born Charles de Ganahl Koch
November 1, 1935 (age 78)
Wichita, Kansas
Ethnicity Dutch (grandfather)
Alma mater MIT
Occupation Chairman and CEO of Koch Industries
Net worth Increase US$ 36 billion (2013)
Children
  • Chase Koch
  • Elizabeth Koch
Parents
Relatives

 

Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea

 

Published on Jan 6, 2014

Rachel Maddow had a fiery response to the Koch brothers on Friday after receiving a letter from their lawyer.

The MSNBC host and the billionaire brothers clashed over Maddow’s report on Thursday about Florida’s “drug test the poor” law, which she said turned out to be an “expensive and embarrassing failure.” Maddow had said that an organization funded by groups affiliated with Charles and David Koch encouraged other states to adopt the legislation, despite its dismal results.

 

 

 

Charles Koch and David Koch, the brothers at the helm of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., have a net worth of $36 billion apiece, according to Forbes. They’re tied for fourth on the magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in America.

 

Koch brothers’ net worth: $36 billion apiece, Forbes says

 

Charles Koch and David Koch, the brothers at the helm of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., have a net worth of $36 billion apiece, according to Forbes. They’re tied for fourth on the magazine’s list of the 400 richest people in America.

 

Forbes’ estimate of the brothers’ wealth has been increasing. In March, on a list of the world’s billionaires, Forbes put their net worth at $34 billion apiece.

 

Shutdown The U.S. Government Traitors....The Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson and Donald Trump

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Koch Bros. Behind Government Shutdown. Maddow 10/09/2013

 

 

 

I LOVE this organization name…..

 

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From Koch Watch.com:

 

Boycott these traitorous John Bircher/Tea Party corporatists.

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Koch Products & Companies Include:
- Angel Soft
- Angel Soft Ultra 
- Brawny paper towels
- Dixie cups (& napkins & plates)
- Insulair cups
- Perfect Touch cups, paper products
- Quilted Northern
- Sparkle paper towels
- Stainmaster
- Vanity Fair napkins & paper towels
- Mardis Gras napkins
- Zee Napkins
- Georgia Pacific products

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Home/Office papers:
- Advantage
- Image Plus
- Spectrum

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Other:
- American Greetings (Kochs own minority share)
- Guardian Glass (Kochs own 44%) 
- Stainmaster
- Lycra
- Teflon

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Building supplies: 
- Georgia Pacific

 

Show Your Displeasure: Boycott These Koch Products

 

Koch companies’ products are everywhere we look- In our offices, homes and backyards. We walk on them. Wear Them. Eat off them. We use them to clean spills or to keep spills from staining. Chances are, nearly every store you walk into sell a Koch company product. Next time you shop, be on the lookout for these familiar brands:

 

Investa

Lycra
Cool Max
Tactel
Solar max
Polarguard
Dacron
Thermolite
Comforel
Antron
Stainmaster
Cordura

 

Georgia-Pacific

Vanity Fair
Angel Soft
Quilted Northern
Sparkle
Brawny
Mardi Gras
Dixie
DensArmor Plus
Plyntanium
Tough Rock
Demak Up
 Kittensoft
Lotuss
Moltonel
Tenderly
Nouvelle
Okay
Calhogar
Delica
Inversoft
Tutto

 

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If you see it, put it back. It’s radioactive.

If you buy industrial products, here’s another site the Kochs may soon be taking down:http://www.kochind.com/factsSheets/KochFacts.aspx It has links to all the Koch Industries companies- Industrial products, minerals, fertilizers, and of course Georgia-Pacific. Feel free to search their site- it contains a very comprehensive list of consumer products to avoid including these selected products:

 

Toilet Paper:
Angel Soft
Quilted Northern
Soft N, Gentle

 

 

Paper Towels:
Brawny
Sparkle
Mardi Gras

 

 

Napkins:
Mardi Gras
Vanity Fair
Zee

 

 

Agriculture:
Nitamin
Bumper Harvest

 

 

Food Service:
Quik-Rap sandwich paper
Quilt-Rap insulating sandwich wrap
Food Shop sandwich wrap
Menu tissue

 

 

Packaging:
Color-Box
MulitKraft

GP paper products
GP industrial claening & janitorial products
GP healthcare products
GP building & remodelling products

 

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If you didn’t know about The Koch Brothers…..Now You Know.

 

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Organizing For Action


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Big news

Hey -

OFA released its latest stats on where this organization stands. It’s a grassroots movement, all the way through, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

 

You should see this:

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This Is An Advertisement You MUST See


 

By Jueseppi B.

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OFA Ad: “Irresponsible”

 

Published on Oct 7, 2013

The Tea Party Republicans have been reckless, destructive, and irresponsible — they shut down the government, and now they’re threatening to refuse to pay our nation’s bills, which could wreak havoc on our global economy. Enough already — OFA is fighting back.

 

 

ORGANIZING FOR ACTION:

YOU IN?

 

Our work didn’t end on Election Day.

 

Organizing for Action will support the legislative agenda we voted on, train the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders, and organize around local issues in our communities.

 

Watch this video the First Lady recorded about the next step of this grassroots movement, and say you’re in:

 

The First Lady on the Launch of Organizing for Action

 

Published on Jan 18, 2013

Say you’re in for the next phase of this grassroots movement:http://my.barackobama.com/Organizing-…

 

 

 

WHAT IS OFA?

Organizing for Action is the grassroots movement built by millions of Americans to pass the agenda we voted for in 2012.

 

Today, we’re organizing to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, fix our broken immigration system, fight climate change, prevent gun violence, get the facts out about Obamacare, protect women’s rights, ensure marriage equality and push forward on even more issues.

 

No matter the issue, OFA works to ensure the voices of ordinary Americans are heard in Washington, while training the next generation of grassroots organizers that will keep fighting for change.

 

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Published on Jun 7, 2013

OFA is made up of people who are committed to working for change — both locally and in Washington — that’s going to move the country forward.

 

 

 

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HEY BOEHNER: ENOUGH ALREADY.


 

By Jueseppi B,

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House Speaker John Boehner is putting party ahead of country. He has the votes to end the shutdown right now, but he won’t do it — instead, he’s letting a small group of tea party extremists overrule the majority of representatives.

I’m downright pissed — are you?

 

Without a functioning U.S. government, 94% of EPA staff are out of a job — not bad for Big Coal.And who was Boehner dining with on Fridaynight instead of negotiating? Why, none other than Big Coal executives.

 

Meanwhile, our national parks, from Yosemite to Cuyahoga Valley, are closed to families — but not to private oil and gas leases.  Hiking and picnics are out, but corporate profit from public land has never been more in.

 

Nearly one million workers without a paycheck. No new mortgage or small business loans. Superstorm Sandy cleanup delayed. Cancer research and food safety inspections on hold.  Everyone suffers from a government shutdown — everyone except the corporate polluters.

 

A routine funding bill has the votes to pass, but Speaker Boehner won’t even let it on the floor. Tell him to get his act together and put country before party today!

 

While Boehner and the tea party are playing games, real people are being impacted across the country — like the Illinois National Guard members who still need to show up for work, but might not get paid.  Or the deli owner in Seattle who serves many federal employees and said, “I don’t think [Congress] is thinking of people like us. If they keep going like this, how will we pay our rent?” (Members of Congress, however, will still get paid.)

 

 
The House has the votes to pass a straightforward funding bill, but Boehner is blocking it. It would only take 17 Republicans joining with Democrats to pass a bill — and Republicans even admit those 17 votes exist!  – but Boehner won’t allow it. A straightforward funding bill has the support of a majority of representatives in the House, but not of tea party Republicans, and that’s all the Speaker cares about , the ultimate definition of putting party before country.

 

The Tea Party hasn’t been able to get their way by winning elections — so now they’re holding our government hostage. But that’s not how democracy works. As Senator John McCain told his colleagues last week, “Elections have consequences.” The people re-elected President Obama and re-affirmed his agenda last November — these extremists are just the worst kind of sore losers.

 

We can’t let a small minority of extremists run our country. It’s time we speak out against the broken system! Demand an end to the shutdown today!

 

Oh, sure, these jokers claim they’re listening to the American public — but that’s a bald-faced lie. In a major new poll, 69% of Americans said Congressional Republicans are acting like “spoiled children.” Another poll found that 72% of Americans oppose shutting down the government over health care.

 

This brinkmanship is undemocratic and, quite frankly, downright insane. Speaker Boehner needs to listen to the will of the people before the damage to our country gets even worse.

 

Tell Speaker Boehner to do his job and represent the will of the people, not the extremists in this party.

 

In it together,

 

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