Thursday, December 22, 2011

10 things Republicans do to hurt Americans

10 things Republicans do to hurt Americans:

1. Bring Back “Pre-Existing Conditions”

2. Kick Grandma Off Medicare & Give Her a Coupon

3. Hand Over Cash to the Wealthy

4. Rip Away Workers’ Rights

5. Prevent You From Voting

6. Declare War on Women

7. Shove Gay Soldiers Back Into the Closet

8. Launch Assaults on Sesame Street and Lake Wobegon

9. Let Consumers Fend For Themselves

10. Increase Taxes for Middle Class Families.

-- Astutely listed by Dan Jacoby

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Words That Don’t Work | Common Dreams

In Words That Don’t Work George Lakoff talks about the importance of the Progressives [a/k/a Liberals!] using our OWN frames and NOT those put out by Frank Luntz for the GOP / Koch Brothers / Rightists. When we use the other guys' frames, we lose. [For example, they use Luntz's "death tax" instead of inheritance tax -- don't YOU ever use it!]

Progressives have a basic morality, which is largely unspoken. It has to be spoken, over and over, in every corner of our country. Progressives need to be both thinking and talking about their view of a moral Democracy, about how a robust Public is necessary for private success, about all that the Public gives us, about the benefits of health, about a Market for All not a Greed Market, about regulation as protection, about revenue and investment...

The Occupy Wall Street folk are emphasizing how we need an economy that works not just for the 1%, but also for the 99%, in essence then the 100% that Deepak Chopra talks about. We need a better world for ALL of us. Words can help heal. Read this article and use them wisely.

DeFazio on Postmaster General decision to close post offices

MUST LISTEN -- Love Oregon's Senator Peter DeFazio! He explains the Post Office mess AND reminds us to ACT. Especially those who have GOP legislators: tell them to get rid of the poison pill: no funding of PO pension funds 75 years into the future (no one else has to do that!) and return the current overpayment. Tell them to support of H.R. 1351. When will we act like the #1 we say we are?