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  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    October 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Whew! Busy busy day for the CIC. Looking forward to his remarks in Pittsburgh and more talking about the AJA; which is the most important legislation and the most important event that should be receiving a plethora of media attention, since it actually impacts peoples lives in a positive manner.

  2. 2 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 10:33 am

    How AJA will help each individual state…check this before you send your message to Senators and Congress!
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/09/09/state-state-look-american-jobs-act?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

  3. 3 desertflower
    October 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    OOOOOOOOOO…he’s looking pretty suave there!

  4. 4 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Let me just share something with the TOD community. I just got a message from someone who said “oh well msnbc says the bill will not pass”. I want to tell you all that I don’t take my marching orders from msnbc or cnn or fox or anyone other than President Obama and his team. If I listened to that garbage day in and day out I would be a hopeless sack of doo. I don’t have the stomach for that crap. Its meant to demoralize and depress enthusiam so that they the Corp. Owned Media can hold onto their gazillions.

    I want every single damn Dem to vote for this bill tonight. If it goes down to defeat so be it but we will be able to prove to the country who is for the working class and who isn’t. So can we move away from the tee vee for just a bit and get these Dems on board please.

    Sorry for the rant but this stuff is too important to be held hostage by the soap opera otherwise known as cable tv!

    • 5 Sue in Minnesota
      October 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Your rant is righteous and welcomed here. And it is spot on. If this fails only the Republicans will be to blame.

    • 7 PoliticalJunkessa
      October 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

      I’m with you Donna.

      Really, at this point the corporate media is largely irrelevant. They are thoroughly corrupt and their audience is each other, not the American people. The people don’t trust them, and increasingly are tuning them out. The revolution will (largely) not be televised. There is a new paradigm coming, and these corporate slaves will be the last to know.

    • 8 conlakappa
      October 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Not just the cable folks. When Bill Plante first talked about the bill, he ended with “I’ve talked to several White House sources; they don’t expect this bill to pass.” The corporate media has been trying to spin this like a top, hoping to get to the folks like the one who wrote you. Step two of the disinformation campaign was to claim that people *aren’t* calling on it while unironically citing Rs for telling them that the phones weren’t ringing.

    • 9 Mel
      October 11, 2011 at 11:38 am

      This morning david Plouf was in GMA and said that they have most of the Dems on board, but if the bill
      do not pass they will keep traying they need 60 votes to prevent a filabaster.

  5. October 11, 2011 at 10:41 am

    In a memo, David Axelrod encouraged wavering lawmakers to back the American Jobs Act in Congress this week, citing polling data indicating that the public was breaking hard for the bill.

    “Since introducing the American Jobs Act (AJA), the American people have rallied around President Obama’s call for Congress to pass this plan,” he wrote. “The more people know about the American Jobs Act; the more they hear the President talking about it; the more they want Congress to pass the plan.”

    Axelrod wrote that poll numbers were improving for the plan as Obama speaks out on its behalf. The president is hitting the road today to tout the bill in Pittsburg.

    “In an early September, 43% supported the AJA and 35% were opposed (CNN/ORC Poll 9/11/11),” Axelrod wrote. “After three weeks of advocacy by the President, support has grown by nearly 10% so that 52% support the plan with 36% opposed (ABC/Washington Post Poll 10/5/11).”

    He added that the shift was especially pronounced with independents, who went from trusting the GOP over Obama on jobs by a 42-37 margin in an early September Washington Post-ABC poll to trusting the president over them 44-31 in October in a poll byt the same outlet.

    The Senate may vote on the bill as early as Tuesday and Democrats have struggled to present a united front on the legislation. Already, the bill has been altered to include a surtax on millionaires in order to garner more votes from within the dem caucus!

  6. 17 hopefruit2
    October 11, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Just to alert you folks: The media is doing a serious hit job on the Jobs Bill today and consequently a serious disservice to the millions of unemployed people and to the country at large. They are framing the situation as though the Democrats are backing away from the bill BECAUSE of President Obama’s “dipping popularity” and “mixed reception” for the Jobs Bill in the polls.

    Therefore, the Republicans aren’t the ones to blame at all. It’s the President who is unpopular, and Democrats who are distancing themselves from an unpopular President. This is the gist of this Washinton Post fraudulent hit piece. I hate to post negative pieces here – but sometimes we need to be informed of the forces at play.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senate-to-vote-on-obamas-jobs-bill/2011/10/10/gIQAl1L2aL_story.html?hpid=z1

    As Donna indicated, we need to pressure these Democrats to vote for the Bill to send a resounding message to the GOPMedia and to the country just who is working on behalf of the American people, and who isn’t.

    • 18 conlakappa
      October 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

      I’d never even heard of the person who wrote that. So I Googled her and see that she started out blogging on county then State politics. I don’t think she’s yet ready for the bigs of national politics.

    • 20 theo67
      October 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

      I don’t want to open up a sensitive can today, but just Imagine if the OWS protesters were chanting “pass this bill” all over the country? How powerful would that be today? Especially since they have the attention of the media. Instead, the only voice out there today calling for passage of the bill is President Obama and his Administration or associates, like Axelrod. That should make people think. I don’t want to hear anyone say that 2012 is going to be a referendum on the economy and jobs, because if those things were so important, then the media and any protesters would be demanding that the Republicans do something – not making excuses for them and deflating enthusiasm for the AJA. That’s just the plain truth.

  7. 22 Lexi
    October 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I just wanted to say that
    The republicans and the media said the following bills were dead on arrival:
    DADT
    Healthcare Reform
    Financial Reform
    Nuclear Arms Deal
    The Debt Ceiling Increase
    The Budget

    • 23 globalcitizenlinda
      October 11, 2011 at 11:19 am

      thanks for that reminder Lexi

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

      YES, they did. Thanks very much, Lexi.

    • 25 Mel
      October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Yea thanks for the remainder Lexi so people here at TOD please stay calm and stop listining the MSM garbage.
      We are dping our part If any DEMS that do not vote foe the AJA they will have to explain, the majority of the people
      wants this bill pass.

    • 26 theo67
      October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

      Even the Presidency of Barack Obama was never supposed to happen, if you listened to the media and other cohorts.

    • 27 geegee
      October 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks for the reminder Lexi! Everytime people start with the doom and gloom, and the wringing of hands when a major bill comes up for a vote, I just want to scream: SHORT MEMORY MUCH? 😡

  8. 29 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Please contact all your friends, family, personal networks, and ALL forums you are involved in. We have 6 more hours to turn these democratic backstabers around.

    Ignore the media reports and do your own push for each of these hold outs.

    please remember to remind these Bluedog Dems that :
    – we are watching them,
    – people are already agitated and taking to the streets demanding jobs so a NO vote will just increase people’s anger much like that ill-fated Iraq war vote,
    -republicans who hate President Obama will NEVER vote for them NO MATTER how much Obama-undermining Bluedog Dems do;
    – A YES vote on AJA especially when you are up for re-election can at least win you some good will from the base and angry OWS to work on your campaign.

    We can do this people!! Don’t let MSM tell you we can’s because we know that Yes We Can

    • 30 sjterrid
      October 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      I just called Senator Bob Casey from PA. His office said that he will be voting yes., I tried calling Sen McConnell, but I couldn’t get through.

  9. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

    TOD please use the blogroll and share the “Call to Action” thread with all the other progressive blogs. I’ll share some when I am on lunchbreak.

  10. 32 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Creative TOD types, we need a visiual score board of Dems who and their votes with YES on AJA listed on one side and Waiting for Yes or Against the Unemployed (with phone, email, tweet accounts etc) on the other. such a scoreboard could be transmitted electronically for the world to see.

    Time has come to play get more aggressive with these backstabbing Dems. I am tired of them and how they have consistently undermined this President and thumbed their noses as those who sent them to serve!!!!!

    If you cannot vote for a jobs bill as a Democrat at this critical time then WHAT use are you as a Dem Senator?????/

  11. 33 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Roll Call for Dem Votes

    Both Democratic Maryland Senators onboard. Cardin and Mikulski

    • 34 donna dem 4 obama
      October 11, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Schumer and Gilibrand from NY are onboard

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

      Boxer and DiFi are a yes.

      • 36 a4alice
        October 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

        Al and Amy say yes with a caveat: Al is concerned about free trade and Amy is concerned about how the bill is going to look (?) once it gets through the senate. I asked the young men to please tell them to fully support the AJA.

      • 37 theo67
        October 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

        I’m still going to tweet Feinstein – she’s sometimes shaky in her enthusiasm. Boxer – always on board.

        • 38 theo67
          October 11, 2011 at 1:51 pm

          Scratch that – Feinstein’s not on twitter. Calling now.

          • 39 theo67
            October 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

            Last update – Boxer is on board. Couldn’t get through to Feinstein’s office in Washington, but Los Angeles office said they didn’t know how she was going to vote before she actually votes (not encouraging), but they took note of my message of encouragement for her to vote “yes”. Of course, I wished her good luck in her upcoming election – which she’ll need if she doesn’t vote yes on the AJA.

            • 40 HZ
              October 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

              Hi theo67, Sen. Boxer is on yes. Called DC. office of Feinstein, and nice gentleman spoke with me and said that Feinstein is for the bill. However, she is still thinking about some parts of the bill. He did not have (or wanted to discuss with me, even when I asked further on it) .
              So I asked if she is a sure yes, and he said, he thought so. HZ

    • October 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Conrad Yes, Hoeven.. won’t say. I’ve been on him for weeks.. hes a new repub senator, that I had a little bit of hope for because he didn’t sign the Norquist pledge, but I figure at this point he’ll probably follow his repub leaders.

  12. October 11, 2011 at 11:28 am

    By ADAM SNIDER | 10/11/11 10:56 AM EDT

    The Obama administration picked 14 projects Tuesday that will undergo expedited permitting and environmental reviews with the goal of getting construction workers on the job site sooner than normal.

    The projects include replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York, new equipment for the air traffic control system at two Houston airports, two water treatment plants in New Mexico and a retail and affordable housing complex in D.C.

  13. October 11, 2011 at 11:33 am

    SENATORS HAGAN,CASEY AND SHULER ALL ON BOARD…DIDNT GET A YES OR NO FROM DEFAZIO,MACHIN OR LANDREIU.
    I STATED FOLKS OUT HERE ARE REALLY PISSED OFF AND ITS TIME THEY PUT POLITICS IN THEIR BACK POCKETS AND DO BUSINESS FOR US THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…WE’VE GOT THEIR BACKS…NOW WHEN ARE THEY GONNA HAVE OURS!!!!!

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Lynn,
      This has always been the Presidents and ordinary Americans problem, the do nothing Congress!
      They are seasoned pros and have their connections, then they end up blaming the President, when it is there fault!

      Congress is nuts!

  14. 45 donna dem 4 obama
    October 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Is Ben Nelson of Nebraska a yea or a nay?

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

      Undecided! Maybe we all should email his ass! Phone lines are jammed! I hope it ain’t the tea baggers calling?
      Anyways, I called bill nelson office, he is a strong yes vote!

  15. 47 CTGirl
    October 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    If you are in CT, or not, please give Joe Lieberman a call at 202-224-4041. I fear he is up to his usual BS! I called and was told there is not enough vote to get it through so they may need to muck it up (sorry my words) – they may need to change the language or break it down in several pieces.

    My rant… I can’t wait for that pain in the neck to leave office, he is a constant disappointment!

    • 48 theo67
      October 11, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      He’s the one who killed the precious public option. He needs to go.

      • 49 57andFemale
        October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

        He also killed Medicare for 55 and Over, when it had been HIS idea. Until Democrats wanted to do it.

        The pettiness of that miserable little man: he got mad at the Dem’s in CT for throwing his ass off the Democratic ticket, and all of this is nothing more than petty, spiteful payback. He has said as much. That, and if you’re not going to turn the U.S. inside out to support Israel unquestionably, then you’re not good enough for Lieberman.

        I say this as an American Jew.

  16. 50 Me4obama
    October 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Breaking, Ben Nelson’s office just told me he is leaning Yes but still undecided. Please keep calling this weasel until he says yes. Mention that Warren Buffet who has companies in Nebraska, supports the Jobs Bill. It took me 40 minutes to get through, so please #PressOn.

  17. 57 Ladyhawke
    October 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

    GOP = Greedy One Percenters

    Eric Cantor Is The GOP’s Biggest Tea Party/Occupy Wall Street Hypocrite

    ========================================================

    Cantor’s pre-emptive accusation that the legal protest movement is a mob dividing America and pitting American against American is pure hypocrisy and meant to frighten the audience at the Value Voters’ Summit and by extension, ignorant Americans who are not yet aware that the movement represents their interests as well as those of the protestors. America is divided and it is 1% of the wealthiest Americans against the rest of the country, and when the rest figure out the Occupy Wall Street movement is representing their interests, there will be mobs and they will be furious that Republicans are on the side of the wealthy who are finally getting their due from angry Americans who are sick and tired of an elite group of bankers, industrialists, and corporations stealing the remaining wealth held by 99% of Americans.

    http://www.politicususa.com/en/eric-cantor-ows-hypocrite

  18. October 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

    A VERY EARNEST GAGGLE: White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Air Force One en route to Pittsburgh that President Obama will be watching baseball tonight.

    “I am sure the president will read about it,” Earnest said of the debate.

    The problem, he said, is that Republicans don’t have any good ideas for creating jobs, and just want to promote the same economic policies that pushed the country into a recession, Earnest said. And the Detroit Tigers are playing the Texas Rangers in the American League Championship Series.

    “I think we will be tuning in to some playoff baseball tonight,” he said dryly.

  19. 59 globalcitizenlinda
    October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Called Sentor Sherrod Brown’s local office in Columbus Ohio and told the aide that I volunteer to recruit voters for his re-election around the most densely populated part of Ohio. told the aide that if he does not support AJA , I am done putting in ANY effort and I am going to actively work against him if he is not working for us.

    made sure that I use all the identifiers for the aide to know that I am local here and I mean business: no yes vote on AJA , no yes vote on your re-election

  20. October 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Is there any live blog on AJA voting ?

  21. October 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I just called Feinstein – Senator from California.

    Good New is the pgone was busy 3 times before I got thru on 4th call. Her aid said she does not have an offical statement. I blasted her for that and told her she needed to support the bill.

    If you live in CA put on the pressure.

    http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

    Washington, DC Office:

    331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
    Washington, D.C. 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-3841
    Fax: (202) 228-3954
    TTY/TDD: (202) 224-2501
    San Francisco Office:

    One Post Street
    Suite 2450
    San Francisco, CA 94104
    Phone: (415) 393-0707
    Fax: (415) 393-0710

    Los Angeles Office:
    11111 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Suite 915
    Los Angeles, CA 90025
    Phone: (310) 914-7300
    Fax: (310) 914-7318

    San Diego Office:
    750 B Street
    Suite 1030
    San Diego, CA 92101
    Phone: (619) 231-9712
    Fax: (619) 231-1108

    Fresno Office:
    2500 Tulare Street
    Suite 4290
    Fresno, CA 93721
    Main: (559) 485-7430
    Fax: (559) 485-9689

    No twitter account as far as I know.

    • 63 a4alice
      October 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

      Just sent her an email

      To the HON. Senator Feinstein:

      Dear Madame:

      Here in Minnesota we are looking forward with great anticipation to the passage of the AJA. Why here are just four great points on how the AJA will directly affect the good folks of Minnesota:

      1. The AJA will help small businesses hire and grow: cutting the payroll tax in half for 120,000 of Minnesota’s small employers for the first $5 million in wages;

      2. At least $608 million for Minnesota highways, transit, rail and aviation, supporting at least 7,900 local jobs;

      3. $274.5 million for Minnesota public school construction and renovation, supporting as many as 3,600 jobs;

      4. Finally the AJA prevents layoffs of our teachers, police officers and firefighters
      helping the state and city governments avoid and reverse as many as 3,600 layoffs with $504 million.

      When I received a response from our wonderful Congresswoman Betty McCollum she helped point out these things which are important to Minnesotans. I am sure the people of your state are also looking forward to the prosperity that will come with passing the Jobs Act. I hope you will now urge your fellow Republican colleagues to whole heartedly support the American Jobs Act.

      Sincerely

      Alice Mapes

  22. October 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Btw: OFA Ohio just turned in over 350k signatures to the sec of state, for that union busting measure!
    OFA is on it!

    • 65 globalcitizenlinda
      October 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      could this be for the voter ID and early voting changes? the 1.3 Million signatures against the Union Busting Measure (B15) wer turned in weeks ago and early voting has already begun with final vote in Nov

  23. October 11, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I tried a different tact when I called Lieberman and Manchin’s office this time. Sympathy. I put a tear in my voice and told them my family really needs this jobs bill to pass. The staff was soooo empathetic.

    • 67 globalcitizenlinda
      October 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      you are “bad”!!!! so much emotion for one person but may be it can work

    • 68 theo67
      October 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Your teary voice was on behalf of the millions who really do need this jobs bill to pass – well done! They need to realize that they’re playing with real people’s lives, even if those real people aren’t necessarily picking up the phones and demanding answers right now. A lot of them have given up, because they see that no-one in Congress cares about them, or is putting them first. And they’ve been called all sorts of nasty names by the GOP. You spoke for those people, just like President Obama is doing every day.

  24. October 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    OWS protestors are being arrested in the Senate Hart Building:

    Police have begun arresting people from the “Stop The Machine” group who are protesting at the Hart Senate Office Building.

    No more than 100 protesters entered the Hart Senate Building Tuesday. Protesters demonstrated for about five minutes in the center hallway and balconies of the building.

    Police gave the protesters three warnings and then started making arrests.

    Earlier, a spokesman for the National Park Service says no plans have been finalized to allow protesters to stay at Freedom Plaza.

    More here:
    http://www.wjla.com/articles/2011/10/protesters-arrested-at-senate-building-67718.html

  25. 70 anniebella
    October 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    If the bill doesn’t pass, let us remain strong. Because I’m sure the President and his people have thought this all out, and they have a plan B.

  26. 71 COS
    October 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I am weighing in a little late on this call to action thread but Boxer and Diane Feinstein are a yes. I knew they would be but I called anyway.

  27. October 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Called both of my GA Republican senators after the email from Jim Messina with their numbers. Both operators were busy, but I left a message of support, especially emphasizing the military portion of the act.

  28. 73 HZ
    October 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I have called all day, and did tweet also. My two Feinstein and Boxer are in. I also had to ask why Diane Feinstein had not put out a statement. The gentleman told me that after one of my questions. I told him that I will be listening for her vote and will be contacting her depending on her vote. I thanked him because he was very polite.

    Boxer’s office was right on target. They are always very polite and professional with me. I thanked them for their work in her office in DC. HZ


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