Ruth From MomsRising.org: Your Phone Has Super Powers!


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This is red hot! Monday afternoon (September 15th) the U.S. Senate will vote again on the Paycheck Fairness Act. This vote will determine whether or not the bill will move forward for a final up and down vote on the Senate floor.

 

We have to keep the pressure on our Senators. We have to make it clear to them that we’re watching, we’re listening, we’re demanding that they do more than play political football with our paychecks.

 

#WEmatter #WEvote and #WeAreAPowerfulForce!

 

Call your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES to move the Paycheck Fairness Act forward for a full Senate vote! It’s easy! Just call this number, and we’ll connect you to your U.S. Senator’s office: 855-976-1858

 

*Not near a phone? Don’t worry! You can still make your voice heard via email!

 

**Just click here to send a quick EMAIL message to your Senators and we’ll deliver it right away!

 

If you do have time to make a call, then when you dial the number above, you’ll hear a short recording from me reminding you of what to say when you talk to your Senator’s receptionist. Then, we’ll connect you directly to their office. That’s it – simple but powerful.

 

Making your voice heard today–by either phone or email, or both–is important: When U.S. Senators hear directly from constituents, they know that it’s an important issue that you (a voter in their district) will continue to follow.

 

Why is your voice needed now?   Last week, for the first time ever, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of moving to a full debate of the Paycheck Fairness Act, by a vote of 73-25. [2]  This historic win, a first of many hurdles for the bill, is due in no small part to your messages, letters, calls, testimony, shared stories, and contact with leaders.

 

It’s not over. Now the U.S. Senate has a chance to take the next step and do the right thing: Move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote for passage.

 

**Look, we don’t often ask MomsRising members to make phone calls. We know you’re busy and we know that people don’t like to make calls. But we wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.

 

This is a critical vote to move equal pay forward, but they won’t do it if they don’t get a lot of heat from their constituents across the country telling them to stop playing games with our paychecks.

 

Making a quick call is a very powerful way to get that message across.

 

Call now: 855-976-1858 – it takes just two minutes or less! 

 

**And if you can’t make a call right now, just click here to send an EMAIL message to your U.S. Senators right away!

 

Passing the Paycheck Fairness Act is a real opportunity to help close the wage gap and boost our national economy–and we expect that those U.S. Senators who are genuinely committed to equal pay will help move the bill forward to a final up-or-down vote.

 

It’s time (actually, it’s way past time for this to happen).

 

Join me in using one of our most effective tools for change—our voices—and pick up your phone to make the call now. 855-976-1858.

 

Together, our voices are powerful!

 

-Ruth, Beth, Ashley and the whole MomsRising.org team

 

 

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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.

 

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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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Lizelle’s Covered. You Can #GetCovered Too! Enroll by March 31

 

Published on Mar 12, 2014

Lizelle was uninsured and hadn’t been to the doctor in years. She visited HealthCare.gov, answered a few questions, and now she’s covered. It’s easy to apply now. Enroll by March 31. Find out how much you can save:https://www.healthcare.gov/find-premi…

 

 

 

 

Insurance Card? Check! #GetCovered Today!

 

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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Some Thoughts On Education From Ms. Penny Howe


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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This post consists of thoughts & suggestions from a good blogger friend named Ms. Penny Howe. Her blog “TheWhyAboutThis” is one I read daily and appreciate very much. When you get some time, visit TheWhyAboutThis.

 

 

My thoughts on our current education system

 

By Ms. Penny Howe

 

As you know, whether we are speaking of education or any other public program, policy, rule or law – they are all related and interconnected to one another. So having said that …

 
It’s simple actually, well okay no it’s not, because it involves ‘change’ and for many in this country (the people and chosen politicians (This is in no way a negative reference to Obama, I feel that the job he does, he does astonishingly well consider both his hands are usually tied for all the reasons you and I already know of) – all parties – don’t deal well with change. In fact it scares the pants off of them).

 
If government would begin to do away with redundancy (and the redundancy of redundancy, look up a full bodied meaning of the word) it would be a start. There are too many layers; in all branches of the government. Nothing will change significantly until this happens in local, state and national government.

 
The connections between local and national government organizations (much less the private citizens) are bound up by not only the redundancy but the inability to deal directly and in a timely way with anything that needs corrected or changed.

 
The Public Education System is outdated, instead of reforming from the ground up (Yes totally doable and I know how – too!, a hint here – one school at a time, how’s that for a simple thought, but the way the school system has (with incredible bureaucratic inflexibility) tied itself together each “proposed thing” is contingent on compliance with so many other things, this simple thought becomes currently undoable).

 
Additional things keep getting added to a broken educational system that no longer fits our current culture, family dynamics, and technological progresses. Meanwhile in ever increasing areas that need emphasizing, those are being taken away (sports and cultural activities, for example).

 
Free thinking, clever teachers (a few I’ve read of in the D.C. area) are shot down because of straying from the “current agenda” of things! Occasionally a school, here and there has a very clever and talented administrator who figures out a way to bring about some change and still work within the system, but these people are far and few between, and they shouldn’t have to struggle to make these important changes and improvements.

 
Independent Industries that have not kept pace with the needed changes have or are failing (in this country). So are small business enterprises. The ones who have grasped the fundamentals of needed change are doing just fine! Not nearly enough in this country.

 
Whether this country likes it or not we are a Global community now. Those that will soar are the ones that can take advantage of this (as many other countries are currently doing in the educational arena)!
So a serious overhaul re: our nation’s thinking to global thinking! There’s a reason other countries are leading the way in their educational goals for children and we are falling behind.

 
As humanity and society evolves, simple is as simple does needs to be the solution for solving complex problems. We’ve made too many “no brainer” items into agenda type scenarios where the pro’s and con’s discussions, (committee type decision making and so on) proliferate without any meaningful outcome.

 
The original idea behind a “paperless society” the internet (okay I know the real, original idea was military with its scope of things, but after that as more educators became involved) was to simplify the expediency of a variety of things most prevalent being communication and elimination of paperwork!

 
It seems that now even with the back-up electronic systems, there are still paper back-ups to the online back-ups. It sounds stupid even as I write this to you, but all too true and while more information gets exchanged more expediently, it’s overwhelming to everyone, everywhere.

 
Once again simple is as simple does.

 
Utilize those who organize well in this country (probably outside of a Government organization – yes that was meant as criticism) most likely in private industry (But not from a multi-conglomerate international concern, special interest groups at that point will always put a finger in any pie they are exposed to – yes also meant as criticism).

 

There are some very talented individuals in the private sector who could come in and remove much of the excesses and waste in the spending of both time and money – pretending here that this country has any real money and not a national debt that defies belief – But the Chinese are very grateful for both the lending of money to our country and its citizens who are the finest consumers on the planet. We’ve made a life-style of it!

 
If fact, today the marketing of consumerism has done its job so well that most people react to things, not act on things. So a catalyst for change is what is needed. Something that would make a majority of people, not only react but act on their reactions, for positive change.

 
And it can’t be big change. Any big change that happens overnight (is usually a very bad thing, war, catastrophic weather, geological conditions) isn’t the kind to shoot for (euphemistically speaking) and while we’re on that subject, a few thoughts here.

 
Gun control – As long as ‘we the people’ are in a reactionary mode there can be no reasonable outcome. Meaning that we would look at the “reasons” behind this concern – inner city dysfunction and the ease of purchasing dangerous weapons (that were never meant for private citizens to begin with) and we evolve back to a breakdown of the family unit and lack of education. (Full circle)

 
When freedom is no longer a “motivation to fiercely protect and strive to improve upon” but a taken for granted, ‘right’ (in and of itself) as is currently the case in our country (where no responsibilities are attached to it) most Americans have forgotten their own role and responsibility as a “free citizen”, including many politicians who often have their own fixed agenda – they view serving their country as a career choice, first and a representative of their community, state, country as second!

 

 

So right now in summation we have a “loosy goosy” approach to how things are handled. Many of the internal structures in our country are outdated and not being attended to. The schooling of our future generation right in there with the mix of things being grossly neglected.

 
To me simple things, means that the focus is a) simplifying the processes of how things get accomplished, b) then reorganizing by priority what really makes a country economically healthy:
Educated and happy children.

 
Responsible, caring and happy working adults.
Any economy is only as strong as the people within it. There needs to be a huge re-evaluation of priorities for how things are accomplished in our country, but with the resistance to change. This is a big hurdle to overcome my friend.

 

Just my thoughts on the subject.

 
Penny L Howe,

 

Thank you so very much Ms. Penny.

 

 

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Wednesday’s Potpourri: We Got Cartoons.


By Jueseppi B.

 

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What you do AFTER you kick the shit outta The TeaTardedRepubliCANTS…..

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The Day After Potpourri: Photos And A Video Or Two


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Hat Tip/Shout Out to TheObamaDiary2012 for the following videos:

 

2012: A Memory or Two

 

 

 

 

 

An image or two – President Obama: January 2012

 

 

 

 

 

An Image or Two – President Obama: February 2012

 

 

 

 

 

The photos below are all courtesy of Barack Loves Michelle.

Please check them out on Facebook & “like” the page.

 

 

 

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