‘get the message’

Greg Sargent: SEIU is launching a $1.5 million campaign, including TV and radio ads and direct mail, that’s designed to shift the conversation to jobs, and away from austerity, in six key swing states where unemployment is running very high.

The campaign, an SEIU official tells me, is meant to counteract ads being run by high profile conservative groups that are pushing an austerity agenda among voters who are struggling economically – and will pressure House Republicans to prioritize job creation over tax breaks for corporations and the rich.

…the TV spot will run in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Nevada and Virginia….

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16 Responses to “‘get the message’”

  1. 1 COS
    August 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Way to go. Where are the jobs “Boner”?

  2. 3 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Tweet material………



  3. August 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    This is pretty cool. The Obama Administration celebrates strong women leaders:


  4. 5 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2011 at 8:59 pm


    Memo to House GOP: One Word to Describe Your Behavior

    To: Congressional Republicans
    Fr: Democratic Leader’s Press Office
    Dt: August 9, 2011
    Re: One Word to Describe Your Behavior

    Let’s get this straight…

    You continue to ignore job creation (217 days and counting);

    You brought our country to the brink of default and an economic catastrophe so you could protect tax breaks for Big Oil, companies that ship jobs overseas, and the wealthiest Americans.

    But you’re not done yet. Despite opposition from the American people, your leadership doubled down on their pledge to protect special interests tax breaks.

    66 percent of Americans favor raising income tax rates on top earners [USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 8/9]

    60 percent of Americans favor raising revenues by making changes in the tax code [USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 8/9]

    Seriously? As Democrats work in good faith towards balanced deficit reduction and job creation, you are continuing your “my way or the highway” approach.

    59 percent of Americans disapprove of the Republican Party, while 33 percent approve [CNN/ORC Poll, 8/8]

    There is only one word to describe this behavior: RECKLESS.


  5. 8 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    GO NANCY…..

    Calling for Transparency on Joint Committee Deliberations

    Leader Pelosi issued the following statement calling for transparency with respect to the Joint Committee’s deliberations:

    Without regard or respect for the recent S&P comment on our nation’s credit rating, it is important to note the role that transparency and accountability play in making their judgment. As S&P stated, ‘The transparency and accountability of institutions bear directly on sovereign creditworthiness because they reinforce the stability and predictability both of political institutions and the political framework.’

    The American people are watching to see if the bipartisan Joint Committee will develop a plan to responsibly reduce the deficit in a balanced way while promoting economic growth and creating jobs.

    The work of this Committee will affect all Americans, and its deliberations should be open the press, to the public and webcast.

    Any acceptance of the Committee proposal will be dependent on the ability of the American people to fully view its proceedings.


    • 9 Sue in Minnesota
      August 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      I think this is an opportunity for action. Letters, e-mails and calls to our Senators and reps, and Speaker Reid, Minority Leader Pelosi supporting open and transparent committee meetings. Minority Leader McConnell and Majority Leader Boehner demanding open committee proceedings, since they will be the first to fuss. I am off to do just that, I hope others will as well.

      • 10 Ladyhawke
        August 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

        I am with you sue. I will be sending letters to my representatives using the post by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. I just love her so much. She was the best partner President Obama could have. The GOP hates her because she gets things done.

        Speaker In Name Only John Boehner has his caucus working (and I use the word working advisedly) for two weeks and then they take a week off to go home to supposedly meet with constituents. There is no way that “Speaker” Nancy Pelosi would allow such a diminished schedule. The Republican majority has not done anything productive in seven months.

  6. 11 Ladyhawke
    August 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    A word from some of the adults on the super committee:

    Washington, D.C. – Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry released the following joint statement today after being appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction:

    “We are grateful and humbled that Leader Reid asked us to join this Committee to help tackle this critical issue for the American people. While some will argue there is peril in serving on this committee, we believe there is far greater peril in leaving these issues unaddressed. It is long overdue to step beyond the partisanship and politics that have overwhelmed these discussions for months. The true danger lies in inaction, so we look forward to working with our colleagues to find solutions for our economy and for our country. We very much want this joint committee to be a serious committee because these are among the most serious challenges we’ve ever faced in the Senate.

    “This is an important moment for our country. Millions of Americans are struggling in this tough economy, working overtime to pay the bills, find a job, and find a way forward for their families, and they want this Committee to force the federal government to make similar sacrifices without the red hot partisanship and brinksmanship of the last months.

    “Every member of Congress knows the importance of getting our fiscal house in order. We hear every day about the importance of ensuring our country is strong for generations to come, and we look forward to working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers to address these issues in a balanced, pragmatic and practical way. This is not going to be easy. Our challenge is to find common ground without damaging anyone’s principles. We believe we can get there. This Committee was designed to require bipartisanship, and we are going to work hard with our Republican colleagues to attain it. We know Americans will stand by us if we work together to tackle our debt and deficit and help get our economy back on track.

    “This Committee has to tackle the urgent challenge we face today, but it’s also about what we want our country to look like 10 years from now, 20 years from now, and for generations to come. Americans are demanding leadership, and we are going to work hard to deliver it.”


  7. 13 utaustinliberal
    August 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Good. I like it. This should be the message all the time. Where are the jobs GOP? Where are the jobs Boehner? Where are the jobs teaparty caucus? Where are the jobs Cantor? Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs?

  8. August 10, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    can’t wait to start seeing the ads air in my neck of the woods. I rarely watch local tv unless it’s a specific show I’m after, but when I went home last week, there were attack ads after attack ads against PBO. After a while my mom was like: ‘really? don’t they have anything better to do? isn’t it a bit early for this stuff?’ So I hope this inundates our airways and gets the focus back on job creation and repug mendacity and irresponsibility.

  9. August 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What’s happening in England right now is the result of austerity. A guy getting shot was the just the spark.

  10. 16 carolyn
    August 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Tally, you are right. There are no jobs, there is no work for the young. They have time on their hands and cellphones. This is a recipe for disaster. It sees to me the government could find good jobs for these young people by teaching them construction skills and putting them to work preparing for the Olympics…which don’t look so shiny right now. Or, are they importing cheap labor from Bangladesh and other places to do this work at subpar wages? That would be a typical Tory/Republican way.

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