dig deep

No hiding it, this is one seriously, seriously crappy day.

But we all know it’s a joyful day for some (and not just on the right), the higher the unemployment figure the greater the chance they’ll succeed in putting a Koch-funded Republican in the White House in 2012. They’re certainly not concerned about the people who are struggling to find work. The more the merrier.

So, by all means, express your anger and disappointment about today’s news, let it rip! But try to dig deep too, we know these people’s strategy has always been to ‘divide and conquer’, they will pile it on today and in the days ahead in an attempt to demoralize those who support the President in the face of this relentless opposition and obstruction.

So, fight back with the truth:

Nancy Pelsoi today: “In the six months since Republicans have been in charge of the House, they have failed to bring a single jobs bill to the floor or offer a clear jobs plan. Democrats have forced ten votes on job-creation measures in this Congress – and Republicans have voted ‘no’ each time.”


President Obama today: “Right now, there are over a million construction workers out of work after the housing boom went bust, just as a lot of America needs rebuilding. We connect the two by investing in rebuilding our roads and our bridges and our railways and our infrastructure. And we could put back to work right now some of those construction workers that lost their jobs when the housing market went bust. Right now, we can give our entrepreneurs the chance to let their job-creating ideas move to market faster by streamlining our patent process. That’s pending before Congress right now. That should pass.

Today, Congress can advance trade agreements that will help businesses sell more American-made goods and services to Asia and South America, supporting thousands of jobs here at home. That could be done right now.

Right now, there are a lot of middle-class families who sure could use the security of knowing that the tax cut that I signed in December to help boost the economy and put a thousand dollars in the pockets of American families, that that’s still going to be around next year. That’s a change that we could make right now.

There are bills and trade agreements before Congress right now that could get all these ideas moving. All of them have bipartisan support. All of them could pass immediately. And I urge Congress not to wait. The American people need us to do everything we can to help strengthen this economy and make sure that we are producing more jobs.”


November 6, 2012 is a long, long way away … there’s lots of work and truth-telling to be done.


PS The media love quoting Gallup’s latest unemployment rate when it’s worse than the official figure – I’m guessing we won’t hear much about this:


57 Responses to “dig deep”

  1. 1 makesense4tulips
    July 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Now that everyone has let out their frustrations . Let organize. we can pull off the biggest internet fight in the century. We need to categorize our action into groups of whatever you can do. We need to have a group of petitioners, emailer, phone callers, video maker, tweeter. The action needs to take place on a designated day for the entire day we need to floode every aspect of communication. So now let commit to our action.

    Target- The tea party, republicans ,if we just tune the pl out we will take back the party from them. they are just attention grabbers who will fall into place.

    We must bring america out of the amnesia state.
    remind them of the 2010 elecition and what was promised, then show them what has not been done.
    Msm cannot control the message. so bring the ideas and lets get started, if we take this weekend planning and deliver action next week we will control the news cycle. ideas people. Chipstick BWD, wSy the peoples view , extreme liberal, Angry black lady. lets get to work.

    • 2 Keith in C-bus, Ohio
      July 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      Excellent plan tulips!

    • July 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm

      I’m in! I can call, email and fax. I’ve got a lot of fax numbers of some people already and I will see if I can find more. Can I suggest that the day selected be a Tuesday or Wednesday. Some of these lazy toads don’t work on Thurs or Fri and Monday isn’t good either.

    • July 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      I am coming to this late today because I have been out there taking care of the job hunting business. So, please forgive me if I am repeating anything here.

      I am in. And I want to suggest again that we don’t make it a one day affair. I think we do like you said, pick a designated day and collectively in whatever category we are working, and bombard them. I think that we make it a concerted effort to bombard these people for an entire week.

      Consider what Fox does. They concot these stupid story lines with the GOP and what do they do, they run it day after day until the entire news media picks it up. Only for us, we are dealing in facts, and we are here to tell them that we are taking this crap NO MORE. And we, too, can go the distance.

      Like you said we organize into our various categories and go at it with a vengence. I am an e-mailer. For my part, I can e-mail and I can call. I am willing to perform these two tasks until we begin to see some actual results.

      We must not and cannot allow this to stand. We only have ourselves to do this. The media is not going to do it, the PL wonn’t and lots of Democrats in Congress are not going to do it.


  2. 5 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Behind you 1000%, Chips. This economy has been a very rough mess for quite some time. We are seeing this wave of unemployment because the other shoe has dropped at the state level. Some of it has been cyclical but some of it has also been accelerated by the right-wing freaks elected to governorships who started their slash and burn tactics in allegiance to scumbag Grover Norquist. FIGHT BACK.

  3. July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Yep indeed.. agree with ALL of it- Chips, Speaker Pelosi, President Obama & Tulips 🙂 🙂 🙂 Ready to take over the Media narrative and to go full blast on REPUBLICAN DOOOOO NOTHINGS!

    I say we go after them on this Sunday & Monday.. the repubs will be allll over the teevee on Sunday pushing their BS via their Media cohorts- Let us be pushing the truth..

    • 7 makesense4tulips
      July 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

      Ok sunday and monday. Chipstick, can you give us the first meme, for tweeter. Now we need good petitions targeted at the tea party caucus.

      • July 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

        I’m with you Tulips~ hopefully others will join in. # Teapartyfail is a good hashtag- I’ll use it, I’ve also been using #johnboehnerwherearethejobs! and the ever perfect #mediafail

      • 9 Roberta in MN
        July 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm

        I just signed up for twitter and I am not too sure what to do next. I’m at @BertinMn and you tweet me something? and if this isn’t enough information contact me at roberta thetexasandersons.com

        • 10 Tally
          July 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

          Roberta – go into your settings and make sure your tweets are PUBLIC not PRIVATE, and uncheck the find thru email thingie – I’m having trouble finding you to follow you. 😥

  4. July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love it, Tulips. Yep, let’s get pro-active and empower ourselves by doing right in the fight! Yes, we find a way! Go,to it. Power to the people!

  5. 12 makesense4tulips
    July 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    suggested Hashtag for the first two days.

  6. 14 PoliticalJunkessa
    July 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Excellent summary. Thanks Chips, Bob, Tulips. 🙂

  7. 17 meta
    July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you, Tulips. We can organize effectively together. We have an incredibly intelligent group of people here with their hearts in the right place.

  8. 18 tally
    July 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Tweet this until your fingers bleed – let’s go!!

    GOP House has voted NO on 10 Dem jobs bills, and has yet to introduce 1. http://t.co/V45HlVc #GOPFAIL

    • 19 hopefruit2
      July 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      I’m on board! #GOPFAIL!

    • 20 Debz
      July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      Interesting that the GOP voted no on these jobs bill. Instead of Bernie Sanders and other dems in congress going on TV to complain about PBO, Why aren’t they screaming from the rooftops about this.
      The GOP voting no on 10 jobs bill should be the number one thing we should talking about. Thanks Tally

      • 21 dotster
        July 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

        The CBC needs to get this message also. Same thing—–instead of appearing with a united front on TV to bash their President for unemployment figures, they need to engage in the smarter and less destructive action and spread this message. Same with every other Congressional Dem and supposedly left leaning TV host who have lost their way, transferring blame from the real culprits onto President Obama.

    • 22 meta
      July 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks, tally!

  9. July 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Hey everyone I’m at work so can’t stay long.

    I just fired this email off to Ed Shultz.

    Hey Ed,
    Looks like the run-up to the 2010 elections all over again..
    I’m waiting for you to get to the part where you tell people to stay home and not vote again, to show Obama and the dems just how mad we are.
    And by the way you must be brilliant to be able to see into the future, I think you should do what Sam Stein told you the other night, why don’t you wait until you see what’s in the deal before you pop a cork.
    There is nothing more irritating than seeing an ex-repub call a democratic President who’s never switched party, not a real DEM.
    Looks like you and a lot of ex-repubs have found a way to capitalize on the anger…………but a lot of us are waking up to the mascaraed.

    • 24 Debz
      July 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Great email bjw2!! Love it.

    • 25 makesense4tulips
      July 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you bjw2

    • 26 dotster
      July 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      Just caught a little bit of his show while I was out and about. He’s got everyone calling in saying they’re not voting for President Obama, they’re not just disappointed any more, they’re “disgusted”. I heard that over and over. I don’t know if they are real Dems or fake ones, but Ed is really egging them on. Finally, one sane person called from Palm Springs making excellent points, trying to throw some cold water and some reality on him, and Ed argued with every point. He’s doing a lot of damage again. We’ve got an opposition party in our own party. No wonder President Obama’s hair looked all gray today. He faces headwinds from all directions. Pretty insane.

    • 27 Dorothy Rissman
      July 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm

      That is great bjw. I will alter a bit and send it off. I have been a bit absent Chipstick. Too much to deal with these days. I cannot remember being so worried ever before. I sent the president an email today and told him that I know he has no intention of cutting SS or Medicare. If we just get past this debt ceiling issue, I am praying that things will settle down again. It is really ugly out there.

  10. July 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Can’t tweet or FB, but still a 100+% supportive voice for President Obama. The NO side seems to be claiming ‘victory’ today, but we can snatch it back especially if, as Chips suggests, we dig deep and join hands. IMO Nancy Pelosi’s message – 6 months with no GOP job bills and ‘No’ to 10 Democratic job creation measures – is well worth tweeting and re-tweeting, rewording and retweeting. Remembering the focus and singlemindedness here when the TOD Tweeter group got started and what the group helped to accomplish is a great encouragement right now. I believe combined voices calling out the GOP on their failure to keep their job creation promise can touch a nerve and create a powerful groundswell from the grassroots. I like MS4Tulips’ idea of targeted days.

  11. July 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    This is why it’s called optimism — because the glass really is half full — and there’s more pouring in. We just have to keep our eye on it. There are folks who are making tremendous amounts of money by making people afraid. They can sell it, but I don’t buy it.


    Why economists see a stronger second half for 2011


    WASHINGTON | Farewell and good riddance to the first half of 2011 ­ six months that ended as sour for the economy as they began.

    Most analysts say economic growth will perk up in the second half of the year. The reason is that the main causes of the slowdown ­ high oil prices and manufacturing delays because of the disaster in Japan ­ have started to fade.

    “Some of the headwinds that caused us to slow are turning into tail winds,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics.

    For an economy barely inching ahead two years after the Great Recession ended, the first half of 2011 can’t end soon enough. Severe storms and rising gasoline prices held growth in January, February and March to a glacial annual rate of 1.9 percent.


    Relief is in sight, economists say. Oil prices have been falling since Memorial Day. The drop has lowered the price of regular unleaded gasoline by 23 cents in the past month, to a national average of $3.57 a gallon, according to AAA.

    The timing of the drop in gas prices is especially fortunate because they usually rise during summer driving season, says Robert DiClemente, chief U.S. economist at Citigroup.

    And the kinks in the global manufacturing chain are starting to be smoothed out as the Japanese factories that make cars and electronics resume production.

    Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, says auto sales should improve “quite substantially” later this year because the lost production from the earthquake is coming back faster than had been expected.

    One sign of that rebound came when the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported Monday that manufacturing in the Midwest rebounded in May after falling sharply in April.

    And last week, the government said orders for machinery, computers, cars and other durable goods rose slightly in May after dropping in April. Economists attributed the turnaround, in part, to Japanese factories that started to rev up.

    The U.S. economy is also expected to get a slight second-half boost from reconstruction in flood-ravaged sections of the South and Midwest. Construction workers will be employed rebuilding homes and businesses. People will replace destroyed cars and other possessions. Analysts predict the economic losses from the floods in the April-June quarter will be reversed in the July-September quarter.

    The economists surveyed by AP predict unemployment will fall to 8.7 percent at year’s end. It is not exactly the start of a boom: The economy is still carrying too much baggage from the financial crisis ­ damaged banks, depressed home prices, debt-burdened consumers ­ to achieve much liftoff.

    Though some of the economy’s weakness in the first half is temporary, “it is hard to see much on the horizon to cheer about,” Swonk says.

    • 30 Betsey
      July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks for the half full glass, Suzanne. This is what I’m feeling, too, though I’m no economist. Maybe it’s just because I get my news from positive sites! 🙂 I have the feeling that later this year the negativos are just going to be left farther and farther behind. Which won’t mean they won’t get more frantic to stay relevant, but that’s just what they do.

      • 31 utaustinliberal
        July 8, 2011 at 8:20 pm

        Your comments today have been spot on Betsey. It is easy to run around playing the blame game and panicking, it is a lot harder to remain optimistic and view the glass as half-full. It is even harder to remain hopeful, when a chorus of cynical voices are preaching doom and gloom. Hope may not be tangible, but it has gotten me through some tough times and will forever keep me from sinking into the abyss of despair.

    • 32 gc
      July 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      Thanks Suzanne – I was dwelling on personal stuff last night, and had a revelation that may apply here as well; optimism is a choice. I seem to CHOOSE worrying. Ya, basta.

      I had also seen the economist’s report you posted, and was quite please by it.

      But you live by the blog, you die by the blog, and moods on blogs are contagious. Thank you Chips for staying upbeat and strong.

      Askew DID have a rough go on the ohter one. Thamk you TODers for not adding to that.

      TULIPS thank you for carrying your optimistic message across two blogs.

      And now, enough emo – going to meditate and donate.

    • July 8, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you, Suzanne, it’s nice to return and find more and more optimistic news.

  12. July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Love all the action items here today, tulips and all of you. I don’t tweet, don’t have a cell phone. I’ll have to check into this and see what it’s all about. I agree. Shed the light!!

    • 35 makesense4tulips
      July 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      well maybe u can organize some action here, telling us what to do and giving us messaging tools.

      • July 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

        Thanks for the enthusiasm, tulips. I do sign petitions and donate and have signed up to work with OFA. I look for positive news to share with Chipsticks and all of you. I just don’t know about this tweet thing! LOL! I don’t have a cell phone so probably won’t join in on that one, but I really do love seeing your enthusiasm and energy. It lifts me up! 🙂

  13. 37 GGail
    July 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Here’s another way to be heard:
    In just over 12 hours, more than 75,000 people have signed our petition telling Republicans that cutting Social Security and Medicare to pay for tax breaks for millionaires is unacceptable.

    Help us reach 100,000 signers by the end of the day: Forward this email to 3 friends right now and encourage them to sign the petition.

    Then, share this petition on Facebook and Twitter.

    With your help, we can make sure Republicans don’t take away the benefits that Americans have earned.


    From: Robby Mook
    Sent: Thursday, July 7th, 2011 7:31pm
    Subject: Off the table

    Gail —

    I need your urgent help. Republicans are gearing up to enact their radical plan to balance the budget on the backs of seniors, women and people with disabilities.

    At this moment, Speaker Boehner is crafting a deficit deal that would gut Medicare and Social Security, while slashing benefits for seniors and the middle class in order to make sure he protects tax breaks for millionaires. This is unacceptable and House Democrats will not stand for this.

    We need to show our strength on this issue with one, unified voice — and time is critical.

    Sign our petition right now and join me in telling Republicans that Social Security and Medicare cuts are off the table. We refuse to let Republicans balance the budget on the backs of seniors, women and people with disabilities while supporting tax breaks for millionaires.

    Gail, time is running short. If we don’t stand up against these radical cuts right away, decades of progress could be lost.

    Add your name now >>

    Robby Mook
    DCCC Executive Director
    Add Your Name

  14. 41 GGail
    July 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Chipsticks, I forwarded the email to you.

  15. July 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Posted by Bobfr on barackobama.com:

    Please excuse me for repeating myself:

    Simply, everyone of us, and every Democratic Party Leader and Candidate must be certain that “the official Republican plan is to destroy Medicare” are 8 words every American hears 1000s of times between now and Nov 2012.

    Beyond that the simple mantra is a gift given to every Democratic candidate, to wit:

    The Republicans promised jobs in 2010:

    – instead they insisted on tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations

    – instead they attacked collective bargaining

    – instead they attacked education

    – instead they attacked unemployment insurance

    – instead they attacked women and girls

    – instead they brought the Nation to the brink of default on its debt

    – instead they tried to KILL DADT

    – instead they voted for GLOBAL WAR


    Republican jobs created – ZERO

    Republican destruction of jobs – Large and accelerating

    Republican pursuit of the destruction of America if that’s what it takes to defeat President Obama in 2012 – so obvious even some pundits and politicians have noticed what we have all known since Jan 2009.

    Don’t muddle; don’t confuse – take full advantage of the blatantly obvious Republican attacks on the middle class, on Medicare, on Medicaid, on Social Security and the very solvency of the United States of America and make change happen, Americans.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.

  16. 43 Logan
    July 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I am glad attention is shifting back to jobs. This gives the president and Democrats a chance to get something done on the problem. I hope they take it.

  17. July 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I’m In, Lets all pick a day to blast the News media, Forget about the cable news. Let’s hammer ABC, CBS, NBC. Lets organize something and flood their station with it on Sunday. I will try to put something togehter before Sunday.

  18. 46 tally
    July 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    If you don’t have a Twitter account – then EMAIL IT TO EVERYONE IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK! – and Facebook it:

    GOP House has voted NO on 10 Dem jobs bills, and has yet to introduce ONE. http://t.co/V45HlVc #GOPFAIL

  19. July 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Folks, another thing. We need call the media out on this too, The other day, there was a clip up here. David Axelrod was participating in some program with Joe Klein from Time Magazine. Klein kept complaining that the president had done all these great things but he was not letting the public know. Now we all know that every time the president gets before a mike, he talks about the economy.

    And here was a supposedly major journalist telling that fib. At one point when he made another such claim, Axelrod, said maybe we need to get a good writer to write about it.

    The media is fixated with the trivial and only telling the GOP side of everything. Concertedly, we need to ask them why and we need to take the same collective action.

  20. 51 tally
    July 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Great comment found at:

    Sinking in yet? Is everyone starting to get the picture from the past couple days? The people who you would initially expect to be searching for a safety/release valve in case the GOP forces a default HAVE OFFICIALLY STATED THAT THERE IS NONE AND THAT CUTS WILL NOT HAPPEN. Rope rope rope….

    First, a magic anonymous leak from the WH aides that suggests Obama might agree to SS and Medicare cuts. This is followed by a predictable freak out from Pelosi and the rest of the Dems in the House, who say cuts to bennies are an absolute deal breaker. Then Obama PROMISES last night to veto any debt ceiling deal that doesn’t extend the debt ceiling through at least 2012. Then today the General Counsel for the Treasury releases an opinion letter saying the 14th Amendment release valve the GOP thought would allow them to pin the epithet of “dictator” on Obama is a Constitutional no-go. And now, Pelosi makes an unqualified statement that this COLA nonsense that the “news” media has been batting around like a slightly retarded kitten has been a dead mouse all along. The GOP is feeling the noose tighten…I guarantee it. Kabuki theater indeed. Watch now as the GOP commits seppuku.

    I’m now pretty close to going out on the limb to say we’ll have a clean debt limit increase on or about Aug 2nd. Not quite there yet…after all, Obama and the Dems gave the GOP just enough to save face with the budget deal, so there’s still the possibility of some token exchanges. We’ll have to wait and see.


    • 52 lmrj
      July 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      “KEEP YOUR FREEKIN MANPAMPERS DRY.”. Love it Tally! Our PBO is NO CHUMP! Never has been and never will be!

    • 53 LYNND
      July 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      Sniffit? I love the guy, I don’t agree with everything he says, but most of the time his posts are spot on!

  21. July 8, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The criticisms of Obama I’ve seen here are just completely bizarre. I would expect them from people who don’t follow politics at all. Between this site and The Only Adult, we are informed about what he is doing and saying every single day. Every day. All his speeches, all his visits, all of it. We are also quite informed on what his opponents are saying and doing. So to see people say Obama is not doing enough is like, whoah……! wth? What’s especially grating is that they are exactly the same types of criticisms that drove creation of a lot of pro-Obama sites. Almost word for word. In fact we have been chastised for making comments like I’ve seen today. If that talk or tone is welcomed now expect push back from me.

    In any case, no need for me to dig deep. It would take a Mac truck to get me down and all this crap being piled on the President from both sides is just making me more determined.

    • 55 Tally
      July 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      I agree, and after thinking about it since that stupid, unsourced, Washington Post ( #MEDIAFAIL ) article came out, (because I’m apparently slooooow), I think this is what it boils down to:

      POTUS (and the Dems) have REPEATEDLY SAID – SS/Medicare *BENEFITS* are not on the table. PERIOD.

      Unfortunately, Americans have memories of goldfish. And when the words, “Obama”, “Medicare”, and “Cuts” appear together in a sentence, people have grown so used to getting screwed by the #GOPFAIL for so fucking long, their heads explode, because they expect to get screwed again.

      Few people understand several things:

      – Many people have no idea that Medicare is NOT free – you have to pay premiums to get it. Medicare A (Hospital coverage) is free for most people who have worked enough hours, or are married to someone who has. If you haven’t, you have to pay. Everyone has to pay a preium for Medicare B (medical coverage), and Medicare D (drug coverage.)

      – Cuts can come from many places – benefits to citizens are just one place. A LOT of fraud was stopped as of July 2007 when they made it manditory that all claims can only be submitted electronically. No more paper forms EVER. This is the provider’s (doctor) responsibility.

      – The GOPMEDIA™ LIES. That is just a fact. Hopefully we’ll do something here, now that Britain is taking down Murdoch.

      – The GOPMEDIA™ is pissed as hell that POTUS completely bypassed them when he spoke to the American people via TWITTER and the whitehouse.gov website. THe GOPMEDIA™ see themselves as the Information Gatekeepers, and in part that is largely true. But as proven by Obama, that is my no means a monopoly. So fuck ’em. 😆

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