David Nakamura (Washington Post): President Obama would fund his $447 billion plan to create jobs largely by raising taxes on wealthier families, White House aides said Monday after the president again called on Congress to support the package.

… Aides revealed for the first time that the plan will include limits on itemized deductions for individuals who earn more than $200,000 a year and families that earn more than $250,000.

Eliminating those deductions will bring in an additional $400 billion in revenue, said Jack Lew, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

The administration also is recommending closing oil and gas loopholes and changing the depreciation rules for corporate airplanes. All of the new rules, which would take effect in 2013, would bring in an estimated total of $467 billion, more than enough to pay for the president’s jobs bill, Lew said during the White House’s daily press briefing Monday.

Obama has proposed similar tax hikes on the wealthy in the past, but they were rejected by Congress.

…. The President is scheduled to visit a high school in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday and to travel to the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina on Friday to tout the plan.

Full article here


Steve Benen: …. the Obama administration’s approach to financing is heartening – there’s been all kinds of scuttlebutt about the White House proposing regressive policies to pay for the jobs bill, and the rumors were wrong. The president and his team are pushing the better – and incidentally, more popular – financing option.

And the more the GOP opposes this approach, the more Obama will pose the options the way he did on Thursday night:

“Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies? Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers? Because we can’t afford to do both.

Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires? Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs? Right now, we can’t afford to do both.

….These are real choices that we’ve got to make. And I’m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose. It’s not even close. And it’s time for us to do what’s right for our future.”

Full post here

98 Responses to “‘heartening’”

    • September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      I suppose I should add that it’s pretty hilarious that once again all the whiners out there who just knew the president was going to gut Social Security to please his hedge fund overlords are completely 100% wrong.

      • 3 Debz
        September 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

        How true!! They keep coming up with egg on their faces.

        • September 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

          The egg on their faces is due to our hurling rotten eggs at them. I have to admit, at times, I cannot help but wish this had not been his time.
          All of this dumped on him, and the hatred of the right and the teabaggers. He could have done even more. Oh and I forgot the firebaggers. Jackasses. Actually jackasses are better than them.

          • September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

            Actually, Dorothy, I’m glad this is his time. I cannot see ANYONE out there that could handle the crisis, or his opponents, any better than he has done. I see others who could postulate louder and more angrily (ex. Grayson, etc). I see others who would have been ready to meet ‘fire with fire’ (Clinton, maybe). I see others who might have widened the split within the country faster and with great acrimony (Alaska Barbie/McCain). But I haven’t seen anyone with the President’s clear sightedness who has a heart for service the way he has. I haven’t seen anyone who is as determined to make ‘e pluribus uno’ more meaningful, even if only incrementally. I haven’t seen anyone else consistently calling on our better nature. There is no-one I’ve seen out there who has the strength of character to repeatedly leave his/her opponents a way to save face even while moving relentlessly towards a desired goal – progress and a working democracy for ALL Americans. Yes, I’m upset that his opponents are so hateful, but I’m tremendously proud that he is so obviously strong enough to tune them out. I’m tremendously proud and will be forever grateful that THIS IS PRESIDENT OBAMA’s TIME! We all just have to CONTINUE to stand with him no matter what they do or say.

            • 6 cuphalffull
              September 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

              Your comment moved me tremendously. Thank you for writing this.

            • 7 Sue in Minnesota
              September 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

              I agree, I also think in order to move equality issues into our national conscience where they so desperately need to be, it is essential that he be a member of a minority community. We can not afford to tolerate minority status being used as political tools for those who would seek to divide us. If Americans are to leverage their political will, we need to close ranks in order to offset the voices of the powerful(rich).

              • September 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

                Don’t forget the poor, uneducated bigots.”Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.”- Sydney Smith (1771 – 1845)]

            • 9 theo67
              September 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

              Perfect comment – you really captured the essence of the man.

          • September 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

            “…I cannot help but wish this had not been his time…”

            But, it is…

            It wasn’t easy for MLK, Jr., Gandhi, nor Mandela.

            So, let’s KEEP THE FAITH & HOPE ALIVE! 😉

            YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!
            YES.WE.CAN, Again…Obama/Biden 2012!

      • 11 Gc
        September 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

        I’m neither surprised nor unsurprised, since I never listen to them anyway 🙂 Do not go to Vegas with these people.

      • 12 Mel
        September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

        Remember from the whiners out there were rumors. kies and more lies from the PL they were saying that PBO was cut SS
        what B.S so it seems that the PL is also protectin The Oil companies hedge funds the very rich shame on them.

  1. 13 PoliticalJunkessa
    September 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Slowly, but steadily, the language around taxes is changing in this country. From Reagan’s lies and Bush’s cuts to now “shared sacrifice.” It’s amazing that PBO has had to fight so hard to just get the vocabulary moving in a different direction, and he likely won’t get the credit for it, but he has been persistent — and subtle — in the way he has re-educated the public.

  2. September 12, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    This will be inter—esting. I like the approach, and believe the great majority of the public will agree—-it would be nonsensical not to. But I see the initial political GOP response that maybe we can agree on something because we can’t be the anti-jobs party has taken a familiar turn and they are now saying they won’t agree to anything that includes tax cuts for their fave people, the millionaires and billionaires, as handed down by their god, Grover Norquist. Unsurprisingly.

    • September 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      And, I bet that’s pretty much what the President expected them to do. And, they’re just going to make his cross-countty speeches that much more effective in the process. Obviously, if they had changed their tne and went along with the president’s plan, well, I think he’d be okay with that, too!

      • September 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

        The one thing I don’t want the GOP to get away with, which I’ve seen already, is to make the plan about “raising taxes”, which makes it sound like everyone will have their taxes raised. That has to be made clear.

        • September 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm

          It will be tough for that frame to work when working families see their taxes cut for another year by $1000 on average.

        • September 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

          And then I click on Chgo Trib site and there’s a headline: “Obama to pay for jobs plan with tax hikes”. The info is in the body of the Reuters story, of course, if people take the time to read it. And Cantor’s in there saying he would never agree to this and that etc. and acting just shocked about Obama proposing to pay for plan with tax revenues.

          • September 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm

            Dot you gotta remember that the Trib has been a right wing devisive rag since before Harold Washington.

          • 23 hopefruit2
            September 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm

            Then you need to directly contact the editor and call them out on their lies. Tell them to stop deliberately trying to misinform the public about the jobs act and be responsible journalists as they were trained to be, and as their job requires.

        • September 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

          dotster you are right. They pulled it on health care reform. They are incapable of telling the truth, but they are capable of trying to destroy this country if the dems do not win big in 12.

    • 25 prettyfoot58
      September 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      A funny note from the President’s speech..

      he told congress…that some of you have signed a pledge to never raise anyone’s taxes for as long as you live….now it is not the time to change that….don’t allow the tax cuts for the middle class to expire……

      i loveeeeeeeeeeeee that ..:-)

      • 26 Sue in Minnesota
        September 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm

        Busy day writing and sending e-mails. I have agreed to be a surrogate e-mailer for two other individuals who do not have computer access or are extremely busy working their butts off. Franken and Klobuchar are my Senators…..so I feel well represented and I feel they have the best interests of all Americans at heart. My Representative is a Reublican, in addition to asking him to pass the Presidents plan, to vote yes on HR1351 and no on Hr2309, I also asked him to immediately rescind his pledge to both ALEC and Americans for Tax Reform….I told him that those pledges represent a betrayal of his sworn oath of office, and in that a betrayal of his constituents. i was heartened to find on the internet video record of a town hall this summer that he refused to attend. More than 75 people congregated at his local office and he refused to show his face, instead sending a staff member who failed to be able to adequately respond to the questions. I also sent a seperate request for a list of times and places that he would be meeting locally with constituents. I’ld like to be front and center at the next meeting.

        I think it would benefit us to attempt to make the Robert Reich video go viral. It clearly shoots down their tired, manipulative talking points.
        It is especially potent in light of the comments coming out of the mouths of Presidential wanna-bes.

        I also wrote the MSM. CBS News for cutting off the President’s address today, and for their general boycott of this administrations public events. CNN for their disgraceful 9/11 programming. And our friend Tweety challenging his relevancy to the political change we are experiencing in transition, and the media’s leverage of the ‘black tax’ on this President.

        I also wrote Cantor and Boehner (x’s 3). Had a nice chat on the phone with the Obama for America people. I feel optimistic and useful

  3. September 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    New pages just up

    Pennsylvannia, Wisconsin, and Iowa now have pages that show the numbers of construction workers, teachers, schools, community colleges, and houses that will be improved. Also the amount of $$ coming to each person’s paycheck each month and how much businesses will save.

    To see if your state has a page visit here

    Those of you who have made a request for a page from your state, I am happy to comply, you also need to post to this blog with at least 3 local media resources. We will be using these resources in the weeks and months ahead.

    American Jobs Act :: Impact by State – http://www.whatisworking.com/2011/09/american-jobs-act-impact-by-state.html

    Remember – after the page is made, the real work begins, we have to tweet, email, facebook and print out the page. Use the stats on the page to write a letter to the editor. Hand this out at meetings.

  4. 40 utaustinliberal
    September 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    So far so good. Liking the roll out of the American Jobs Act. The way President Obama has framed the issue will make it foolish for the GOP to conduct their usual “NO” game and when they do (foregone conclusion) I believe they’ll pay for it politically; because the stops President Obama is making on his jobs tour are in battleground states and also in GOP held districts. He’s taking it directly to their constituents and the rest of the public and so far people are liking the bill as evidenced in Cantor’s backyard.

    • 41 Debz
      September 12, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      The more voters see him, the more they like him! He will be out there as the only champion for the middle class, while the repugs just look like whiny brats.

      • 42 prettyfoot58
        September 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm

        Where are the DEMS in Congress….they should be PUBLICLY supporting this bill….having town meetings on the bill…but they are silent…Call out the CBC…this is a bill that they should support…

        i tweeted my Congress folk….dems and repubs….should be interesting to see how many members of his own party go on record to support this bill..

        • 43 Sue in Minnesota
          September 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm

          Please include this in your communications urging support for the President’s JOB PLAN. We need them out front, selling the American people. Please request that they actively engage through all mediums support for this legislation.

        • September 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

          Part of the problem is that the msm doesn’t want to talk to ANYONE that sides with PBHO at all.

  5. September 12, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    The President alone will not be able to get this passed. It is up to all of use to put boots to the ground and do the heavy lifting. We need to call, email, tweet, pay a visit to the constituent office – but we also need to encourage our like-minded family and friends to do the same, we need to call up our kids and have them make a phone call, don’t make a call for your household, have each individual member of the household call, email etc.

    It is especially important if you have freshmen Reps who’s seat was flipped from a Dem in 2010. When you contact them, let them know that they too are accountable for the economy because they have the House Majority. Don’t use buzzwords or form e-mails as it will be a tip off to the republicans that you are a Democrat/Obama supporter and they’ll likely ignore you figuring they were elected without your help/vote anyways. If you’ve never donated to campaigns or are registered a Dem you could even claim to have voted for the Republican in 2010 because you wanted a split government – but say you expected the GOP House would work with the Administration, not be complete obstructionists and cater to the fringes of their party. The Reps need to fear that they’re losing votes for them to really start worrying and in turn putting pressure on their leadership.

    • 46 Charmed
      September 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

      Great Idea, I’m in…Now do we target one member at a time. Make a list and divide it among us? I’m glad he put it out in legislative language because that was going to be their next com[plaint

    • September 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm


      And, no ‘sabotagin’ the economy’ talk to your TeaPUBLICAN Representative nor Senator just to the DEMs! 😉

      Let’s JUST DO IT!

      YES.WE.CAN…DO.(Much)More, Together!

  6. 48 Me4obama
    September 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    If only the MSM stops kissing ass to the 1% of the population and put the country first.
    OT, is anyone going to watch the teabagger debate and report back to us? Thank u in advance and bless your heart whoever will watch.

    • September 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

      The MSM is in the one percenters. It’s out of craven self-interest they push the GOP.

      • 50 Sue in Minnesota
        September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        I called Tweety out for that today…….and I agree they are a protected self interest. Protecting their corporate enrichment is their highest priority.

        I also referred to his” Republican operative, friend and pundit Howard (Coward) Fineman.” I have to say I had a blast writing my emails today…and I was civil but creative. 🙂

  7. 56 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    The Chicago Tribune was the paper with the big headline DEWEY WINS! in 1948…..they are notoriously wrong, and people know it. Most of you are too young to remember that…..I was a kid, but I lived in Chicago at the time, and that was big news. Egg all over its face!

  8. 57 lamh34
    September 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    *** Comment deleted ***

    Chipsticks: Gawker is as credible as the National Enquirer, seriously. Let’s not bring their nonsense here, thanks.

    • 58 prettyfoot58
      September 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm

      look at those pics that chips posted…does he look depressed….come om….ooooooooooooo weeeeeeeee

    • 59 Sue in Minnesota
      September 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      This makes me furious….if he were seriously depressed it wouldn’t matter if he was the President of the United States, he wouldn’t be able to function. What a crock of bullshit, sadly it is damaging even with out basis, and really disrespectful to Americans who are sincerely confronted and managing depression in their own lives.

    • 60 utaustinliberal
      September 12, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Wow….. someone in the msm has their knickers in a twist. Overreach much?

    • September 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      Bullshit! I’ve seen a couple of “inquiries” into how calm PBO is and that he’s too calm or needs therapy blah blah blah….kiss mine. These people make me sick. I’m telling you the air is thick with hateration when it comes to PBO. He’s just too successful and rational to be real to the maniacs in the press.

  9. 63 lamh34
    September 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    Alright, who’s gonna watch the “tea party” debate on CNN? I’ve given up on CNN a long time ago, so I won’t be watching it.

    I was just wondering who would be a good place to read a synopsis about what’s going on?

    I’ll be following updates on twitter, but that’s it.

    I do have some predictions though. Perry will be just as bad as he was before and Romney will be as wooden as he usually is, but I suspect Bachmann is gonna try to go for the jugular. She needs to because as of the last debate and since Perry’s entry Perry has sucked up all the oxygen on her side of the tea party church. The media is literally calling her the “disappearing candidate”. She’s got to do something to get her mojo back. Hell Newt freakin’ Gingrich is polling better than her in CNN pre-debate poll!

  10. 65 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    Certainly hasn’t appeared depressed to me……JOBS bill, 9/11 marathon, Rose Garden roll out today, Richmond last Friday, Ohio tomorrow, North Carolina Wednesday…..magnificent speeches, emotional strength and giving to people…….this is just another stupid idea to float and see if it sticks. He bounces down the plane steps…..I’ve known some genuinely depressed people,and he has NONE of the characteristics. This is RIDICULOUS!

    • 66 Janelle
      September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      This is going to be a crazy election cycle if they’re staring with this nonsense. He sounds crisp and fantastic on the call tonight. They probably take a phrase like he’s said he’s frustrated with how Congress is acting (as we all are) to say he’s very depressed…..come on! These “journalist” jackals are awful!!

  11. 68 CTGirl
    September 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is called a box! I am loving it!

  12. September 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Finally, DWS snd barber lee was just on Hardball, sticking up for the jobs bill!
    On morning Jerk, Chris van hollen and clyburn were on sticking up for the jobs act!
    Keep em coming dems!

  13. September 12, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Messina now on the conference call now. President Obama up in a couple of minutes. http://www.barackobama.com/livestream/American-Jobs-Act-Call

  14. September 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Now waiting for the President. Brief pause, but he’ll be on at any second – http://www.barackobama.com/livestream/American-Jobs-Act-Call

  15. September 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I am pretty sure the WH gives rev al some op o research to play with!
    He is always on message, the anti-fox news!

  16. September 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    If there is a GOP twitter hashtag to follow tonight – we should raid it with AmericanJobsAct.com links and facts.

  17. September 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    President Obama sounds great – strong, enthusiastic and energetic!!

  18. 83 nintendowii10
    September 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    LMAO @ Rick Perry now walking back his “SS Ponzi scheme rhetoric,” he’s pulling a Romney!

    And I LOVE how Romney and Bachmann are attacking Perry, THIS is what will weaken the Republicans against Obama… Romney and Bachmann are taking the liberal position on Social Security, which will cost them right wing Teapug voters.

  19. 86 Me4obama
    September 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Rush weighty is warning Mittens and Bachman not to attack Ponzi Scheme Perry 😆

  20. 87 Rita
    September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Dear Chip,
    Take a look at this article. It some completely mirrors my thoughts and also, the thoughts of most of us on this site: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2011/09/11/progressive-heal-thyself/ . Money quote:

    “It’s been said, that 90% of everything in life is showing up. Well, in 2010 we didn’t show up. Our reasons for not doing so are really just excuses. We didn’t get our way, I want it all, he’s not good enough, etc. And maybe all of that is true. However, if we were looking to punish the President by not supporting our congressional majorities during the mid-terms, then I say “Job well done!” Unfortunately, that bit of petulance has also left us with a completely intransigent Republican House and a soft majority in the Senate. As you may have already noticed, that means that NOTHING gets done, not the big stuff we wanted or even the small stuff we would like. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty punished myself right about now.”

    “If you want to heal our country, I would suggest that we start with ourselves first, and let’s start now, because in 2012, there will be way too much at stake to still be in the position of sorting out our feelings and qualified misgivings.”

    And here was my response:
    This is exactly my take and this is exactly what I’ve been telling anyone and everyone that brings up these arguments. When Candidate Obama fired us up with “Yes We Can”, it was a collective “We”, not a royal “We”. We lost the “We” in “Yes We Can” and expected the President to do all the heavy lifting. Even when the Democrats had the majority in both houses, legislation squeaked through with the President having to scale back to get a few Republicans to sign off. Where were we then? Take what’s happening in Anthony Weiner’s house seat in NY-9. The Republican candidate is leading by 6 points in what was supposed to be an easy Democratic win. And the blame is being placed on Obama. Give me a break. A politician is as strong as his constituents and, in the case of the President, as strong at his party. Well.. we have failed him and his party has failed him. And if we don’t support him, we’ll see a Tea Party candidate destroy our country, our lives and our future.

    I hope the progressives/liberals (whatever) take heed.

  21. 88 Me4obama
    September 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Willard is in worst shame to accept Teapaws 1% Endorsement.

  22. 90 Bobfr
    September 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    The President occupies the moral and fiscal high-ground in the approach he and his team have devised.

    Only the greedy oppose the plan and their greed will be political suicide come Election Day 2012.

    But, the President, in taking the moral and fiscal high-ground during his address to Congress and the announcement today has made it crystal clear the millions of Americans do not have the luxury of waiting fourteen + months for relief from the financial catastrophe engineered by the Bush/Cheney Administration.

    So, let us remember that the President sent another message recently – if Congress won’t act, we will. I fully expect that those words have considerable substance behind them.

    Yes.WE.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  23. 91 zizi
    September 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm


    You would think that democratic congresscritters, think tankers, “strategists”, “progressives”, and labor bigwigs would be crawling all over the toobz to talk up the President’s jobs Bill? But no. They sit back and chuckle smugly about whether the President “really” means to fight for this bill? Are the Repugs gonna allow it to pass? This is DOA. The Pres. is gonna have a hard time getting this through. WTF!!!

    Is this not what Crabis Smiley & Corny WEst, The CBC & Maxine “unleash us” Troubled Waters have been bus-touring and screaming for? Why are they not unleashing RIGHT NOW on Repugs to “PASS THE DAMN JOBS BILL”? Yeah they talk a good game bashing Pres. Obama but they get lily-livered when it comes time to face REpugs. And Smiley is still whining in an interview with Grio.com that he hasn’t gotten an invitation to the White House. Sheesh!!.

    On the site that shall not be named (I know there’s a boycott but I wanted to satisfy my curiosity whether they’d sing mea culpas), they breathlessly wrote about the Prez. unveiling his bill, gave him “attaboys” for finally “listening to them”, then promptly began speculating about whether he’d fight for it. Even before Jack Lew could come to the podium to reveal how the bill would be paid for, the Kosfox demolition crew had already raised the specter of “gutting SS & Medicare’ to 1000 decibels level.

    I have said this over and over again, Democrats face a persuasion and institutional deficit and the sooner we tackle that the more we’d find ourselves with winning policy and messages but zero traction with the public.

    Great that at least there was some coordination in the roll out. Even more impressive that the plan came so quickly on the heels of the speech. But of liberals and Democrats do not take up our end of the bargain, Pres. Obama will forever be fighting a lonely war. Then we turn around and say “Gee why is he not getting through?” Duh!!!

    I was totally disappointed in Debbie Wasserman Schulz & Barbara Lee this evening on Tweety’s show. They sounded resigned merely parroting the Repugs’ desire to defeat the Prez. WTF!!! What are they GONNA DO ABOUT IT? Why have they not mobilized labor and many unemployed people to stage sit-ins at the capitol? Why have they not flooded the media zone to amplify the Prez.’s message? We are our own worst enemies.

    All that these Democratic congresscritters and pundit peanut gallery want to do is to watch Pres. Obama’s road-show as carping spectators. That’s all. Pres. Obama takes his job seriously, so he will do whatever is within his power to drive his initiative. But shame on his party for failing him and us all!!!

    • 92 zizi
      September 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      CORRECTION: “I have said this over and over again, Democrats face a persuasion and institutional deficit and if we don’t tackle this soon we’ll find ourselves with winning policy and messages but zero traction with the public.”

      • 93 Sue in Minnesota
        September 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

        Maybe we should write them and ask them to start speaking directly through blogs in the ‘netroots’….they should be going around the MSM
        if the MSM is deliberately squeezing them out. What about an appeal to Zuckerberg, or Speilberg or some monied Democrat to support a vehicle for progressive voices.

        Zizi, you are smart and insightful, what do you think we can effectively achieve?

  24. 94 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    That’s disappointing coing from DWS and Barbara Lee. What do we have to do to light a fire under the Democrats???
    Perhaps this is where our email and twitter campaign should go….stiffen their spines. Does someone have a list of Democratic Reps and Senators we can all write? I think that’s where our energy should go. I’ll start writing and calling…..who should we contact first?

  25. 96 Pamela
    September 12, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Fine by me.

  26. 97 carolyn
    September 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I will contact Reid and Pelosi….and I hae already written my two Senators…..Coburn and Inhofe!!! NO HELP, but tonight I wrote three Senators of states which I am connected to. In my letter I state my connection…Ohio…I was born there, Michigan, I lived there as a youngster, and Vermont, both our families go WAY back there and I have family members buried there. I tried to write Senator Durbin, but only Illinois residents were allowed on the form I found. I will call tomorrow. I am asking them to stand firm behind President Obama and speak out loud on the American Jobs Act and talk to other Democratic Senators to do the same. I told all three that there was far too much sniping at the president from Democrats the past 2 1/2 years, and that the best thing they have going for them is President Obama, and reminded them of the damage a Republican president and Congress can do by just looking at Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio and the results of the 2010 elections.

    • 98 Sue in Minnesota
      September 13, 2011 at 2:19 am

      I wrote Rep Lamborn an e-mail, and after calling his office twice regarding the Tar baby reference. His online format does not allow for e-mails from outside the state of Colorado, so I lied. I looked up the zip code and plugged it in with my Minnesota address. I also confessed at the end of the e-mail that I had done so, but defended my right to address the issue because as a federally elected official his actions impact all Americans. So my suggestion is to cheat your way in, and offer a mea culpa on your way out. This Republicans are getting increasingly dodgey……

      Today I wrote, tomorrow I’ll switch it up and call. I am a surrogate e-mailer for 2 others. Maybe we all have someone around us that could use some assistance ….of course with their permission. Just a thought. Let’s keep the pressure on.

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