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Clint Eastwood Speaks At The RNC, However I Have Not Forgotten His Pro-Union Superbowl Ad

How many of you watched Clint Eastwood speak as the special surprise speaker at the Republican National Convention? I watched it and thought that was really awkward. He was talking to an empty chair. I thought to myself, has he lost his marbles?

I thought that it was also odd because it was a little over a six months ago when everyone was talking about the very pro-Obama, and pro-Union superbowl ad staring Clint Eastwood.

Below is the post I released after the 2012 Superbowl, including the famous “Halftime in America” commercial that is riddled with pro-union images. Again it proves the point that you can be conservative and still support unions. Just because the majority of the leadership in the Republican Party is trying to destroy workers, some strong conservatives still believe in workers. What they have done, and what we all need to do to make America great again. It is not the corporations, it is the workers who built that!

From a previous post
Feb 2012

While some people were watching the Super Bowl for the football others watch just for the ads.  There were many Ads that were funny while some pushed a political message.  Last year the Chrysler Corporation started a new campaign to help revitalize the American Auto Industry.  Some of you may remember the commercial titled “Imported From Detroit”.  The video (below) talked about how hard Detroit and the Auto Industry had been hit and we need to get back to buying American Made cars.  While you watch this video, see if you can pick out some of the Union images embedded in the video.

Imported from Detroit 2011

Did you see them? I will give you a hint, one of them is the mural that is one the lobby wall of the AFL-CIO building in Washington DC.  If you found more, leave a comment below and share with everyone.

Durning SB46, Clint Eastwood teamed up with Chrysler to create “Its Halftime In America” (below).  This video was a little more pointed than “Imported from Detroit”.  He talks about how had the recession has been on all Americans, but the game is only half over.  Eastwood says “we are all scared because this is not a game”.  We need to look at places like Detroit and the Auto Industry to see how we can work together to rebuild America.  “We all rallied together and acted as One” Eastwood continued.  Personally my favorite line is: “America cannot be knocked out with one punch, we get right back up again. And when we do the world is going to hear the roar of our engine…..”

Eastwood and Chrysler are right, we need to work together not against each other to Rebuild America.  Bring manufacturing back to the US. “It Halftime America, And The Second Half Is About To BEGIN!”

Its Halftime In America

Congressman and Mrs. Paul Ryan Working Together To Dismantle The Postal Service

Congressman Paul Ryan with wife Janna

Paul Ryan’s wife, Janna Little Ryan, is not exactly the typical stay at home Mom that is portrayed by Mr Ryan . Until their marriage she was a successful tax attorney and by the time she was 30 a high-priced lobbyist. Mrs. Ryan worked for Big Pharmaceuticals, Big Oil, and health care  corporations. Interestingly she was also a key lobbyist for UPS.  Her lobbying team was paid $220,000 in 1998 to lobby against the interests of the US  Postal Service.

” (Janna) Ryan was a part of the lobbying effort that defeated a postal reform bill which was designed to make the U.S. Postal Service more profitable. The ripples of her work in defeating this bill were felt earlier this month, when the Postal Service defaulted on payments to the U.S. Treasury.” (1)

UPS spent over $5 million lobbying against its main competitor. Janna Little Ryan lobbied congress to not allow the Postal Service to expand the services it offers. UPS at this time initiated a smear campaign against the Postal Service by among other things sending every member of congress a box filled with anti Postal Service editorials.

Congressman Ryan has not officially announced his views regarding Postal Reform. Considering  he wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security it’s not difficult to figure out his intentions. On his website the segment that discusses the Postal Service proudly outlines Congressman Issa’s draconian HR 2309 bill. Which would dismantle the Postal Service.

He also makes note of the name of the new “authority” Issa would use to dissolve the current postal union collective bargaining agreements. Postal Service Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority incredulously is its name.

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This authority would “have a broad mandate to restructure the Postal Service and reduce costs in order to bring the institution back to fiscal solvency”  Once it closes enough Post Offices and shreds the collective bargaining agreements he notes the board will be “disbanded.” Ryan instead should have stated that once the Board is finished so is the Postal Service.

Considering Ryan’s  privatization zeal and his wife’s UPS  lobbyist connection it’s clear he will not act in a way that’s in the best interest of the Postal Service. The GOP Platform calls for a partial privatization. That would be the first step toward selling the Postal Service off. The combination of Congressman Ryan and Governor Romney looks to be a fatal combination for the US Postal Service.


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NHLN #Election News Coverage 8/29/12: Carol Shea-Porter Wants Debate, Hassan To Be Endorsed By Hodes, #FITN Primary for 2016, and more

Shea-Porter offers Debate Compromise 

New Hampshire–   In an effort to bring the Congressional debates to the people of the First District, Carol Shea-Porter has offered Congressman Frank Guinta a compromise.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement:

“We are sorry that Congressman Frank Guinta has again chosen to pass up the traditional debate at the Temple Adath Yeshurun in his hometown of Manchester, but in the interest of compromise, Carol Shea-Porter has agreed to drop the request for him to honor that commitment.  She asks Frank Guinta to accept the Chamber of Commerce offer for a debate in or near her hometown of Rochester, and she will accept the State Chamber of Commerce, the Business & Industry Association (BIA), debate at St. Anselm’s Institute of Politics.”


BIA plans candidate forums on business, economy – Fosters: “The Business and Industry Association, New Hampshire Union Leader, New Hampshire Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Television will present a series of business and economic forums in September during which candidates for U.S. House of Representatives and governor will discuss issues related to the New Hampshire and national economies.

“Our Candidate Forum on the Economy series is an opportunity to delve into important and complex business and economic issues that are foremost on the minds of New Hampshire’s business community,” said Jim Roche, president of the Business and Industry Association.”


Shea-Porter wants debate, but on her own terms, soil | Concord Monitor: “Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, running to reclaim her former seat representing the state’s 1st Congressional District, is refusing to attend a debate held by the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association until Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta agrees to a debate on her turf.”


Hassan to join former Congressman Paul Hodes and Senator Sylvia Larsen on Concord Downtown Walk

CONCORD – Democratic Candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan will join Senator Sylvia Larsen and former Congressman Paul Hodes on a walk through downtown Concord tomorrow at 11:45am.  Former Congressman Hodes will endorse Maggie Hassan for Governor and join Senator Larsen and Hassan on a Concord downtown walk.

Wednesday, August 29th at 12:15 p.m.


Letter: A plan to strangle public education | Concord Monitor: “They want to strangle public education in New Hampshire, redirecting public funds to nonpublic schools.

The New Hampshire Republican Party platform says so. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne adamantly says so. Former New Hampshire Supreme Court justice Charles Douglas says so, too, using the red herring that the Blaine amendment was anti-Catholic 135 years ago.”


GOP race varies by degrees | Concord Monitor: “Lamontagne and Smith are both ardent supporters of a school voucher program recently passed into law by the Republican Legislature, which creates a state business tax credit to fund scholarships for students who want to attend private schools. Lamontagne, however, adds a twist to his push for greater school choice.

At a recent candidate forum, Lamontagne said he is opposed to an 1877 state constitutional amendment “which specifically states that no taxpayer dollars can be used to support religiously affiliated schools.””


As the Republican National Convention begins: | New Hampshire NEWS0605: “As the Republican National Convention convened in Tampa Tuesday, President Barack Obama’s New Hampshire campaign released the names of more than 90 current and several former Republicans for Obama.”


Elizabeth Warren Responds to Gov Christie’s assault on working families at the RNC…
“Tonight, Chris Christie and the Republicans told the American people that we’re to blame for our broken economy. He told families to tighten their belts. He told seniors to live on less. He told teachers to stop fighting for fair pay.”


John DiStaso’s Granite Status: GOP convention adopts rule protecting NH first-in-nation primary; Sununu puts Romney into nomination | New Hampshire NEWS0602: “TUESDAY, AUG. 28, UPDATE: IT’S OFFICIAL. Calling him “the right man at the right time,” former Gov. John H. Sununu formally placed Mitt Romney’s name in nomination at the Republican National this evening, soon after the convention approved rule changes that give New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary its strongest endorsement and protection ever from the national GOP.

The convention gave final adoption of a rule recommended by its rules committee last week that will not punish New Hampshire and other early primary or caucus states if they are forced by other states to jump their elections ahead of schedule in 2016. The prior rule withheld half of the delegates of any state that jumped ahead, forced or not.”


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NHLN Election News Coverage 8/28/12: Kuster To Attend Three Debates, New Cilley Endorsement, Maggie Talks Medicare, CD1 News, and more

KUSTER TO ATTEND THREE DEBATES AND FORUMS IN GENERAL ELECTION

CONCORD, N.H. – Congressional candidate Annie Kuster will attend three debates and candidate forums in the coming months leading up to the general election on November 6th.

“Annie looks forward to participating in each of these debates and forums to talk about her vision for moving out country forward and the critical issues at stake in this election,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “We hope Congressman Bass will participate in these important debates, especially since he has held virtually no official public events or town halls since returning to the district for his five week, taxpayer-funded vacation.”

NHBIA Candidate Forum
September 18th, 9:00 AM

WBIN Debate
October 10th, 8:00 PM

WMUR Debate
October 30th, 7:00 PM

The great debate debate | Concord Monitor: “Before Republican Charlie Bass and Democrat Annie Kuster debate in the 2nd District congressional race, their campaigns are going to debate the debates.

Last week, Kuster’s campaign announced that she would participate in a total of three debates and forums: one in September moderated by New Hampshire Public Radio and two in October hosted by WBIN and WMUR.”


Claremont attorney Andru Volinsky to endorse Cilley

(Manchester) “Widely respected attorney and lead counsel in the historic Claremont School District v Governor of New Hampshire case, Andru Volinsky will tomorrow join Jackie Cilley in Manchester’s history Millyard to endorse Cilley’s candidacy for governor. Volinsky is currently managing attorney in New Hampshire for the 100 lawyer regional law firm Bernstein, Shur. Andy is adding his voice to growing list of Granite Staters supporting the former state senator and representative’s run.”


Press Statement from Maggie Hassan

Will Romney, Ryan and Ovide be clear with New Hampshire seniors about their plans to dismantle Medicare?

MANCHESTER – Democratic candidate for Governor Maggie Hassan asked Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontagne to be clear with New Hampshire’s seniors about their shared plan to drastically dismantle Medicare while campaigning in the state today.

“Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Ovide Lamontange are committed to drastically dismantling Medicare and putting the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature in charge of administering a program which is critically important to New Hampshire’s seniors,” said Hassan. “As Governor, I will protect Medicare and always fight for New Hampshire’s seniors.”

“We all agree that health care costs too much, but the question facing voters in this election is whether we should work within the existing Medicare system to reduce costs or whether we should accept the Romney, Ryan, and Lamontagne plan, which places the heavy burden of those costs on seniors and tells them if they don’t like it they can call the insurance company and try to get a better deal themselves,” said Hassan.

“In Ryan, Romney and Lamontagne found a man who shares their hostility towards this critical program and the necessary health care services it provides for thousands of New Hampshire seniors,” said Hassan. “Over the past two years, Lamontagne has consistently supported the reckless agenda of the Bill O’Brien Tea Party legislature as they attempted to takeover the administration of Medicare. It’s hard to believe that Lamontagne actually thinks the same radical Tea Party legislature that cut health care for people with disabilities, children and seniors in nursing homes should be given control over Medicare.”

“Romney, Ryan and Lamontagne should be clear and tell our seniors and every citizen who is concerned about health care that they plan to dismantle the basic programs upon which tens of thousands of New Hampshire citizens depend,” said Hassan. “As governor, I will stand up to anyone who tries to restrict access to health care for New Hampshire citizens.


New Hampshire deserves better than Guinta | SeacoastOnline.com: It’s getting hard to believe in Congressman Frank Guinta. This month, Guinta wrote an editorial in Foster’s stating that Congress should not vote to adjourn for summer recess, but should stay to work on unfinished legislation. But in Washington, D.C. on that very same day, he actually voted to adjourn Congress. In Washington, Guinta voted to cut funds from the Meals on Wheels program, but then showed up in New Hampshire for a photo op delivering “Meals on Wheels.” In 2010, candidate Guinta accused his opponent of using free Congressional postage to send campaign ads. Since 2011, however, Congressman Guinta spent more tax dollars than nearly every member of Congress, over $300,000, mailing glossy “newsletters” that are thinly veiled campaign ads.


LETTER: Why Frank Guinta Lost My Vote – Bedford, NH Patch: “I’ve been watching Guinta’s campaign and congressional websites this month for any publicly-advertised town hall meetings, and haven’t found any. But Guinta has apparently had plenty of time for private fundraisers and appearances with big-time Republicans like Kelly Ayotte, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Even as a conservative, I’m disgusted with Guinta and his lack of backbone, and unwillingness to meet with the people he allegedly represents.

On September 11th, I’m voting for Rick Parent in the Republican primary, as is former NH GOP chairman Jack Kimball and several other lifelong Republicans in my community. We’re all equally disappointed in our Congressman for refusing to give time to anyone who isn’t giving him money. And if Parent loses, I’m voting for Carol Shea-Porter in November. At least she’s willing to meet Granite Staters face to face and answer tough questions, which can hardly be said for a slug like Guinta.”


Congressman Guinta is Hiding (statement from Carol Shea-Porters campaign office)

Congressman Frank Guinta has refused to debate Carol Shea-Porter anywhere along the seacoast. He has informed willing, non-partisan and well-respected sponsors that if he wins his Republican primary, he will not give seacoast voters the opportunity to see or hear a debate near home. Congressman Frank Guinta was recently criticized by national and local press for trying to confuse voters by calling them and pretending he was not in Congress, and he continues to duck and hide.

Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement: “Congressman Guinta was a no-show at his own Republican primary forum with Rick Parent and other challengers. He has refused to hold town halls, even though he has been off all month, and is afraid to debate Carol Shea-Porter in some of the District’s largest communities. Congressman Guinta needs to honor our New Hampshire traditions and debate his Republican challengers, and then debate Carol Shea-Porter around the District if he wins his primary.”


Kennedy supports legalizing pot, income tax; against casino gambling – NashuaTelegraph.com: ““I think there is a marriage of the two. This has polarized both sides, Republicans being the advocates for Right to Work, Democrats being pro-unions,” Kennedy said, though not offering details of a grand compromise. “I am not an advocate for Right to Work as written.”
He agreed with the House-passed move to convert state and local government pensions for new public employees into a system that doesn’t guarantee them an amount but is more like a 401(k)-style retirement based on profits from their investments.”


Democrats should choose Van Ostern | Concord Monitor: “Concord-area Democrats and undeclared voters who are hoping for a significant change of direction for New Hampshire state government have an important opportunity Sept. 11: The local race for Executive Council offers the chance for big improvement.

In the Democratic primary, voters will choose between former councilor John Shea of Nelson, former state representative Shawn Mickelonis of Rochester and Stonyfield Farm business manager Colin Van Ostern of Concord.”


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NHLN Election News Coverage 8/25/12: Maggie Hassan Get Another Endorsement, Bass Co-Host $10,000 Fundraiser for Romney Ryan, NHDP Host Local BBQs, and more

MANCHESTER – Former Merrimack County Attorney and Democratic Party activist Katherine Rogers endorsed Maggie Hassan for Governor today.

“I am supporting Maggie Hassan for Governor because she is a proven leader who will move New Hampshire forward and stand up to the radical Bill O’Brien legislature that wants to take us backwards. Maggie is honest and clear with people about where she stands on the issues that are important to all of us, including protecting a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, protecting our environment, ensuring that all children have a chance to attend good schools that prepare them for the jobs of the 21st century, and standing up to anyone who tries to repeal marriage equality,” said Rogers.

“I am honored to have earned Katherine Rogers’ support. Katherine is respected by members of the law enforcement community and by advocates for women and children for her work as a prosecutor and her commitment to protecting and investing in our young people. She is also an important and thoughtful voice in the Democratic Party, and I look forward to having her on my team as our campaign continues its grassroots outreach to New Hampshire voters.”


CONGRESSMAN BASS TO CO-HOST PRIVATE FUNDRAISER WITH PAUL RYAN, CONTINUES TO AVOID CONSTITUENTS

CONCORD, N.H. – Having already campaigned with Congressman Ryan earlier this week, Congressman Bass is now set to co-host a private, high-dollar fundraiser for Ryan in Manchester on Saturday night.

“While New Hampshire voters continue to wait for a chance to meet with their Congressman at an official town hall, Congressman Bass will be co-hosting a private fundraiser for the architect of the Ryan-Bass Plan to end Medicare as we know it,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “Between fundraising with Paul Ryan and spending next week at the Republican National Convention, Congressman Bass would clearly rather remain behind closed doors with his party’s leadership than defend his record to New Hampshire voters.”


Ryan back for pricey fundraiser | Concord Monitor: “While most reporters and less-moneyed Republicans won’t be attending, that hasn’t stopped Democrats from organizing around the event and using it as chance to blast the Republican ticket.

“The Romney campaign has been pretty quiet about Paul Ryan’s return to New Hampshire on Saturday to meet with big campaign donors, and we can understand why,” read an email yesterday from the Obama campaign’s New Hampshire team. “The Romney-Ryan plan would be disastrous for women, seniors and the economic security of middle class families by raising taxes, turning Medicare into a voucher program, and cutting critical education investments, all to pay for tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. With an agenda like that, it’s no wonder they don’t want Paul Ryan to talk with middle class Granite State families while he is in town.””


$20K per couple for dinner at Ryan fundraiser on Saturday – NashuaTelegraph.com: “Paul Ryan, Republican Mitt Romney’s pick as running mate, will return to New Hampshire on Saturday for a big-ticket fundraiser at which couples will pay $20,000 to dine with the Wisconsin congressman.
The cost to attend a 45-minute reception at which Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, presumably will speak is $500. Photos with Ryan will run attendees $2,500.
The donor who comes up with $50,000 will become a founding member of the Romney Victory Fund, while someone giving $15,000 will be a Battle Ground Fund investor.”


There are many events like this going on around the state this weekend. Check out the NHDP Calendar for more details

Amherst Dems Hosting Labor Day BBQ – Amherst, NH Patch: “The Amherst Democrats will be hosting their BBQ Cookout on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the Amherst Country Club.

This is your chance to meet Democratic candidates for upcoming elections and enjoy some great food and music. Speakers will include candidates for U.S. Congress, NH Governor, Governor’s Executive Council and NH State Legislature. Paul Hodes and his 5 piece band, Northern Light, will get folks tapping their feet and singing along to hit tunes from the past.”


Be sure to read James Pindell’s political round up with all the highlights the last week in NH Politics.

Political Standing For Aug. 24, 2012 » WMUR Political Scoop: “Saturday 7:15 a.m., Political Scoop: My guest this week is Jeff Woodburn, who is running in the open State Senate seat in the North Country.

Sunday 10 a.m., CloseUP: Coming up on two weeks to go before the state primary, Republican candidate for governor Kevin Smith stops in to discuss his chances and whether he thinks his primary rival Ovide Lamontagne is qualified to be governor. The Democratic Congressional candidate Annie Kuster discusses whether her electoral fate is just all up to the presidential race.”


House Democrats’ majority hopes rest on several former members: “In the Northeast, a pair of rematches presents Democrats with strong opportunities to turn the clock back to the 111th Congress. In upstate New York, Democrat Dan Maffei, who lost his job by the slimmest of margins in 2010, is hopeful that a more Democratic district will propel him back into office. New Hampshire Democrat Carol Shea-Porter, who was unseated in 2010 by Republican Frank Guinta, holds a small lead in the rematch, according to a recent Democratic poll.”

Romney Ryan Campaign Turns NH Voters Away While Busing In Others From Out Of State

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Being the “First in the Nation” primary state many people consider politics to be New Hampshire’s unofficial sport.  Granite Staters are well-informed when it comes to candidates. I myself like to listen to both sides before I make a decision on who I will vote for.  This is why New Hampshire has so many registered “Independent” voters.  However at a local Romney Ryan campaign stop New Hampshire voters were turned away in favor of busloads of Massachusetts residents.

Like many of the campaign stops in the Granite State, candidates like to give away tickets to the event.  They usually send you to their website to register, and hope you will also “support” their campaign at the same time.  This was no different for the Romney Ryan campaign.

The Republican Presidential campaign issued tickets online to New Hampshire voters, then sent an email late last night cancelling tickets for New Hampshire voters less than 12 hours before the event began. The following is a copy of an email received by one local voter around 11:00 pm last night:

From: “Eventbrite” <orders@eventbrite.com>
Date: August 19, 2012 11:14:59 PM EDT
To: [email]
Subject: Order CANCELED for Victory Town Hall with Mitt Romney Paul Ryan and the GOP Team
Reply-To: trupp@mittromney.com

The most appalling part of this email was that right now is that the cancellation message was that it appears that it was only sent to registered Democrats.  A well-known Occupy NH member, and registered undeclared voter, gained entry without problem.

 

Some Granite Staters had not seen the campaign email before departing for the event this morning, and were notified of the cancellation only after waiting in line and presenting their printed tickets at the event door around 8:00 a.m. Romney staff promptly escorted blackballed individuals offsite; meanwhile several buses bearing Massachusetts license plates were seen unloading passengers at the event location.

 

“I woke up this morning excited to participate in the Romney event, only to find that I had an email from the Romney staff rescinding my ticket,” said Mark King of Nashua. “I am disappointed that I couldn’t participate in the democratic process.”

 

So as Nashua resident Mark King was being escorted off the premises, busloads of Massachusetts residents filled the venue in Goffstown.  There are always accusations from the NH GOP that the NH Democratic Party are busing in people from Massachusetts.  “Republicans charge that we bring in folks from out-of-state, but today I saw Massachusetts plate after Massachusetts plate,” said Eva Castillo, a local Manchester volunteer and activist. “They couldn’t fill their rally with local people so they bused them in from out-of-state.”

 

At a time when people are screaming that our democratic process is broken, the Romney Ryan campaign turned away people who wanted to keep an open mind and hear what all of the candidates had to say. “I got a ticket for myself, my husband and my son,” said Eileen Lee of Goffstown. “I got an email this morning that cancelled my ticket. I was disappointed. I like to hear what both sides have to say. It’s not the election yet, and I would have liked to hear what Paul Ryan had to say. Isn’t this a town meeting forum?”

 

Isn’t the goal of an election to take voters away from your opponent in order to win the election.  New Hampshire is dubbed as a swing state because of the fact that it could go either way this November.  It is unfortunate to see that the Romney Ryan campaign is already playing partisan politics before they are even elected.  After this who will really believe that Romney and Ryan are really willing to sit down with the other side to discuss and work out the issues.  If this is any indication of how they will be as President (and VP) then we would be in for four years of “My Way Or The Highway” from President Romney.

 

By Standing With Congressman Ryan, Congressman Bass is Showing What He Really Supports!

Congressman Bass today joined Paul Ryan at a campaign rally in Manchester, cementing his support for the Ryan-Bass Plan that would end Medicare as we know it and force seniors to pay thousands more for their care – all while giving tax breaks to millionaires and corporations that send jobs overseas.

This is just another example of Congressman Bass showing that he is willing to gut Medicare and Social Security to remain elected.  The Ryan Plan would completely transform Medicare by turning it into a “voucher” program where you would be forced to purchase healthcare from private insurance companies.  These are the same insurance companies that refuse service to those who are already sick or have been previously diagnosed with a chronic disorder.

“By standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the architect of the Ryan-Bass Plan, Congressman Bass has proven once more that he is a lockstep Republican who puts the interests of millionaires ahead of seniors and the middle class,” said Rob Friedlander, Communications Director for Annie Kuster. “Congressman Bass’ embrace of Paul Ryan and his plan to end Medicare as we know it has sent an unmistakable message to New Hampshire voters: the Ryan-Bass Plan is now the defining issue in this race.”

There is hope on the horizon,  Anne Kuster is once again running for the Congressional Seat in CD 2.  Kuster is a strong supporter of Medicare and Social Security. Speaking at a press conference after the event, Congressional candidate Annie Kuster criticized Congressman Bass’ support of the Ryan-Bass Plan, highlighting the devastating impacts it would have on New Hampshire’s middle class and seniors.

“I’ve spent my entire life in New Hampshire, and if there’s one thing I know about Granite Staters, it’s that they know right from wrong,” said Kuster. “They know that it is simply unfair for Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Congressman Bass to ask middle-class families to pay more, while millionaires and billionaires receive a $265,000 tax break. This isn’t an approach that will grow the middle-class or the economy. This is a one-way ticket back to the failed policies of the past.”

We need our elected officials to stand up against the filthy rich like Mitt Romney and take back control of the US House.  We need to preserve Medicare for future generations and work to preserve Social Security.  We need to elect Anne Kuster.

NHLN Election News 8/20: Cilley Creates National Buzz, Correcting The Lies Around Medicare, Paul Ryan, NH Primary, and more

Election Coverage

Jackie Cilley creates a national buzz over her new ad about Pledge Politics.  See the video story from WMUR.

Polls show that most candidates are unknown. (AP)

The primary will come down to name recognition. (Concord Monitor)

LTE: Resident upset about Romney mis-quoting President Obama on “you did not build that”

LTE: Both sides are happy with Paul Ryan as VP selection

Rep. Paul Ryan will be at Saint Anslelm’s College today to talk about Medicare. (AP)

Truth and lies about Medicare, NYT
“Republican attacks on President Obama’s plans for Medicare are growing more heated and inaccurate by the day. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made statements last week implying that the Affordable Care Act would eviscerate Medicare when in fact the law should shore up the program’s finances.”

 

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ONE THOUSAND FEDERAL EMPLOYEES RALLY AGAINST ROMNEY VP PICK PAUL RYAN

Romney-Ryan administration would bring devastating cuts to vital federal programs, union say

One thousand federal workers and union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees and the AFL-CIO gathered outside a GOP fundraiser attended by Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan last night to draw attention to the devastating budget cuts that the congressman has proposed.

AFGE members, who are in Las Vegas for the union’s National Convention, joined with the Nevada AFL-CIO to protest outside the Venetian Hotel where Ryan attended a fundraiser sponsored by casino owner Sheldon Adelson, who has already donated $10 million to a political action committee supporting the Romney campaign.

As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Ryan authored a budget plan endorsed by former Gov. Mitt Romney that delivers more tax breaks to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans while slashing vital federal programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Outgoing AFGE National President John Gage led the protesters in a chant denouncing the Romney-Ryan economic plan, shouting “Romney Hood, Ryan Hood, not in our neighborhood.” Union activists held signs reading “Paul Ryan: Hustling for the 1%,” “Romney/Ryan Road to Ruin,” and others.

“Governor Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate indicates just how much contempt this ticket will have for the federal workforce and the vital programs we deliver to the American public each and every day,” Gage said.

The grand economic recovery plan offered by Romney and Ryan is to deliver more tax breaks to the millionaires and billionaires, oil companies and Wall Street firms who continue to score record profits while the rest of the country struggles to recover, AFGE officials said. American companies would receive lucrative new tax incentives to move jobs overseas, worsening the employment prospects of the millions of Americans who remain out of work. And programs like Medicare and Medicaid, food inspections, veterans health care and so many others would see their funding slashed.

“We think the choice of Ryan, with his extremely specific anti-federal employee budget proposals, makes it crystal clear that the Ryan budget will be the plan for the Romney Administration,” AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten said.

Paul Ryan’s “Road Map”, If Followed, Sends Workers Off a Cliff.

Our new Vice Presidential pick is the Chairman of the House Budget Committee. This Ayn Rand devotee who would give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, including an elimination of all taxes on corporate profits, capital gains, and dividends in his budget, was quoted once saying “We don’t want to turn this safety net into a hammock that ends up lulling people in their lives into dependency and complacency”. That was after just having voted against extending unemployment benefits to the long term unemployed. He then turned around and voted for extending benefits when it was coupled with extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy adding seven billion dollars to the deficit.

As he said in his response to the President’s State of the Union address “spending cuts have to come first”. This is precisely the mindset that is devastating our economy. Ryan seems oblivious to the fact that weak consumer buying power brought on by long term unemployment and falling wages is devastating our economy making the recession worse. Now let’s get into the weeds of the “Ryan Road Map”.

The road map, touted as a cure for what ails America, advocates partial privatization of Social Security and turns Medicare and Medicaid into voucher programs with limited benefits. It would also eliminate The Affordable Care Act or “Obomney Care” as some likes to call it. UAW member Diane Hrovaiten, who was among 3,800 workers who lost their jobs when the Delphi auto-parts plant in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, relocated work to Mexico, is not fond of Ryan’s plan. “Ryan’s ‘Road map’ protects the fortunes of the rich,” she says, “but for the rest of us, it’s an eight-lane expressway to destruction.”

Ryan has a long voting record going as far back as 1999 when he voted to repeal the Glass-Steagall Bill thereby removing limits on the risk commercial banks could take. As if that wasn’t enough he voted for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act which blocked regulation of derivatives. He voted against new regulations on the banking industry in 2007. He voted against monitoring TARP funds, and voted against modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid foreclosure. He has been a good friend to Wall Street.
Ryan has seduced the mainstream media into praising him for his intellectual audacity and has labeled him as “the thinker” in Congress. The Washington Post labeled him as the GOP’s leading intellectual.

I am now in the throes of coming up with a new sign for my first anniversary trek to Occupy Wall Street this coming September 17th. The last one was yawned at by CNN because its theme was a chart depicting the ravages of income equality. I think my new one will depict A Romney/Ryan Presidency stomping us workers into the ground then shoveling us off a cliff if they are elected. See you on Wall Street September 17th.

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