‘republican war on working families’ – updated

I just read that this new ad, from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, raised $100,000 in just five hours today.

“That’s enough to air it quite a bit in Wisconsin, and a sign that the Democratic base is pretty intensely engaged in the state fight,” Politico reported …. through gritted teeth.

Updated again –

Greg Sargent: National liberal money flows into Wisconsin fight: Yesterday I  first reported on a new ad being aired by progressive groups featuring ordinary Wisconsites making the case against Scott Walker, and in the 24 hours since, the spot has now pulled in  more than $200,000 in contributions to keep it on the air.

The influx of cash — which will enable the ad to run widely — is a measure of how high the stakes have become in Wisconsin for Dems and liberals around the country, and the degree to which they view the standoff as one chapter in a national war with implications that go well beyond the particulars of this one battle.

17 Responses to “‘republican war on working families’ – updated”

  1. 1 Shirley
    March 2, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Good morning, this Is not only a GREAT AD, but a truthful one. Ummmm, I just wonder how this will turn out. Ummmm, Interesting. I can’t help but think that the middle class, Is now fully aware of who stands behind us. They can’t possibly think that the “RETHUGLICANS” have our best Interest. I hope they are convinced who to vote for now.

  2. 2 Michele
    March 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Good morning,

    This is what I was afraid of when so many people were so angry at Democrats and the President. I hope for all of you who care, seek out the open letter from Chris Christie to law enforcement officers during his campaign. I know this community has a hard time dealing with Ed Schultz but at times we are going to have to bite the bullet to get the information. I did try to copy and past but no such luck..sorry… Lastly, Christie is a liar and a bully and he will never be able to win a presidential election with the written evidence… run you fool run….

    • March 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

      Hi Michele, I completely missed the story about Christie’s campaign letter – I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but the deceit really is just stunning. Found this:

      “The claim that any harm would come to your pension when I’m elected Governor is absolutely untrue. It is a 100% lie,” Chris Christie wrote to New Jersey law enforcement officers during his campaign against Jon Corzine. The 2009 letter, and a near-carbon copy sent to firefighters, has resurfaced amid Christie’s bid to overhaul public servants’ pension system.

      “Nothing will change for the pensions of current officers, future officers or retirees in a Christie Administration,” says the “Open Letter to Members of Our Law Enforcement Community,” simply signed “Chris.”

      “I have repeated time and time again that the pension agreement we made with our member our law enforcement community must be respected,” the 2009 letter adds. “It is a sacred trust.”

      Christie sent a similar “sacred trust” letter to firefighters through the state, adding: “The notion that I would eliminate, change, or alter your pension is not only a lie, but cannot be further from the truth.

      “No one will stand up for you more than I will.”

      “Do not believe the lies that have been spread about my proposals,” Christie told both groups. “Your pension will be protected when I am elected Governor.”

      You can see the letter here:


      Thanks Michele

      • 4 Michele
        March 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

        Chipsticks, thanks for finding the article. We have to keep building up our resources so the world never forgets. Please don’t forget to log that article from the New York Times on Judith Regan and Roger Allies…

  3. 5 cat48
    March 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This is a good ad and also a historic ad for me because it is the first one that Progressive Change has ran that I’ve seen that does not attack the president or his policies…..Adam Green, progressive, on the right side for a change! But unfortunately, not forgiven by me yet……

  4. 6 Me4obama
    March 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    F**k Rachel maddow. She is now calling out PBO to go to Wisconsin. Had to turn off the tv asap.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      March 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

      She is allowing her emotions to get ahead of her rational thinking. President Obama doesn’t have the partisan luxury of inserting himself into the ground game.

      With every issue, too many people lose their minds expecting “magic on demand” from him. A never ending cycle of wash, rinse and repeat.

      • 8 V C prezOfan2
        March 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        ‘President Obama doesn’t have the partisan luxury to…’

        Thanks, Sue! I never before thought of it this way, but that’s exactly the correct terminology. So many people do not realize that there are going to be times when a democratic (or republican) candidate’s position is, or should be, different than that of a president. Or that, though a person can actually be both, some situations will require only one of you to act, and for a sitting president the presidential role takes priority. It’s awfully frustrating and it sets my teeth on edge when people keep saying what the President should do and when!

        • 9 Sue in Minnesota
          March 3, 2011 at 12:55 am

          President Obama has demonstrated leadership with respect to what is going on in Wisconsin from precisely the appropriate distance, and has addressed both positions. He clearly stands with the public employees.

          Boots on the ground need to filled by Union leaders, activists, federally elected respresentatives, and citizens-those directly impacted and those that are supportive. Grassroots, ground up and fueled by the people.

          I hear you V.C…..everyone seems to think their an authority.

    • 10 hopefruit2
      March 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      I guess the MSNBC Corp gave her the orders to bash President Obama on this issue or ship out. She may not yet be ready to ship out.

      • 11 Sue in Minnesota
        March 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

        I value Rachel’s intellect, but for this I have to just say WTF!

        It’s very disappointing to find, if as you suggest, she is following marching orders. I thought her to be more principled than to be yet another corporate media tool.

    • 12 Theo67
      March 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

      What exactly does she want him to do in Wisconsin. Why doesn’t she just replay his mid-term speech in Wisconsinand to see what he has to say to the people of Wisconsin. He’s said it all already!

      • 13 Michele
        March 3, 2011 at 12:58 am

        Theo67, wasn’t the President in WI twice to campaign for the Democratic Governor? It just makes me so freaking mad that the WI electorate never came out to vote and allowed themselves to be suckered.. Do people know how they are trying to make it more difficult for people to vote in WI by requiring people to show IDS. I’m also repulsed that a State Sentator feels comfortable to call protestors “slobs” for sleeping in a public building in which they provide the tax money for its up keep… Those are Republikans for you… always thinking of the people…

      • 14 Sue in Minnesota
        March 3, 2011 at 1:07 am

        Rachel should go to Wisconsin….I am sure she would be well received, and the additional media exposure appreciated.

  5. 15 FiredUpInCA
    March 3, 2011 at 12:54 am

    In addition to this ad, Rep. George Miller had a good floor speech about the attack on the middle class being coordinated by the GOP:

    Here’s an excerpt:

    There’s a reason we have collective bargaining in this country because we know that workers have a right — should have a right — to bond together to improve the workplace, to improve the working conditions, and when they do, those rights flow to the rest of middle class working families in this country and even the nonunion workplaces, those rights are there. That’s how we achieved an eight-hour day. That’s how we achieved vacation time. That’s how we achieved health care. That’s how we achieved overtime whether in the union or not. Now they want to take away the rights of unions to organize in the workplace, the rights of workers to organize.

    But, the Republicans have asked for no sacrifices in all these cuts. They have asked for no sacrifices of the well-off and the well-connected. In fact, these cuts are being made in the name of the well-off and the well-connected so that they’ll be able to push for lower wages, for lower benefits, for lower health care for our workers, for lower take-home pay. What does it do for our economy? It makes America poor.


  6. 16 Kelly
    March 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

    OT…..lots of good news on the economy this morning and I am sad to hear of the Dutch citizens getting captured in Libya by Qaddafi forces. Both these news makes me respect and support pres Obama more and more. He has saved our nation from the brink of depression and managed to save our Americans from arms way, quietly rescuing them last week from a possible fate that the Dutch unfortunately find themselves in. *praying for the Dutch leader to find a fast resolution to the capture and for the captives to stay safe.

  7. 17 James
    March 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Life Long Democrat And Determined to STOP THE PRIVATIZATION of AMERICAN AND TRANSFER BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE ROBBER BARONS ( Corparations replaced),

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