One Small Thing YOU Can Do To Protest The Obama/GOP Tax Deal

by on December 8, 2010 · 11 comments

in Economy, Election, Media, Organizing

Like millions of other Americans, I signed up online for the Organizing for America mailing list during the 2008 election cycle. Organizing for America was the online presence of the Obama campaign, which dipped deeply into activist communities to build its base of support. It was my thinking at the time that this network could become a powerful tool in what I perceived was an epic upcoming battle against the forces of reaction, against the GOP lie machine that keeps using the mainstream media to spam Americans with myths like tax cuts equal jobs, etc etc.

Sadly, the network has turned out have minimal value. Mostly we’ve been asked to support watered down versions of legislation. When it comes to actually taking a stand on any issue, Organizing for America has failed– failed to mobilize, failed to inspire, failed to lead and failed to recognize the progressive values held by millions of ordinary people. I realize that, inherent in this line of reasoning, is an acknowledgment that the man behind the plan (Obama) has failed. Hey, things haven’t worked out and it’s time to Move On. (No pun intended)

So the next time you get an email from OFA, do me and the country a favor and send them a message: Tell them to get out of your life. Unsubscribing is easy; it will take you less than 30 seconds. You click the link at the bottom of the email, and they present you with a form asking for your email address and a comment explaining your reason for leaving. I suggest you leave the comment “I’m a fed up progressive” followed by any custom comments of your own. They need to know that this is a movement, and those words in common will give them something to measure by. (H/T to Mike Stark at Daily Kos for this idea.)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar RB December 8, 2010 at 10:38 am

“GOP lie machine that keeps using the mainstream media to spam Americans with myths like tax cuts equal jobs, etc etc.”

Please note it was this tax cut myth that John Kennedy used to stimulate the economy in the 60’s. Don’t remember him being a part of the GOP lie machine.


avatar Marilyn Steber December 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm

If the women of America had given up pushing for women’s right to vote, I wouldn’t be able to vote today. Women started working to get the vote about 1848 and didn’t get it until…what? 90 years later?
I am not convinced that withdrawing from a movement benefits my country. But I could be wrong. One of my ancestors had to leave Germany because of his participation of the Rebellion of 1848 so I come by my rebelliousness naturally. It took two world wars to bring Germany into a democratic frame of mind. If he had stayed, would the King of Prussia be convinced to give more rights to his people? Maybe. Maybe not.


avatar mr fresh December 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

The idea that cutting business and wealthy investors’ taxes did originate in 1961 with then President John F. Kennedy. But at that time business investment tax cuts were tied to proven job creation. Businesses had to prove they added jobs before they could claim the tax cut. That was changed with Reagan. Now businesses could get the tax credits even if they didn’t create jobs. Their taxes were cut even if it meant they reduced jobs. By the time of George W. Bush, businesses could claim tax cuts for investments made offshore. GM cut hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. while adding thousands in China. Ford cut jobs while adding them in St. Petersburg, Russian. Corporations could claim the investment tax cuts, even if jobs were created offshore and simultaneously eliminated in the U.S. In effect, U.S. taxpayers were paying US corporations to send their jobs overseas.

Between 2001-2004 George W. Bush pushed through a series of annual tax cuts for investors and corporations that amounted to a total of $3.4 trillion over the recent decade, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Every tax cut bill passed between 2001-2004 was called a jobs creation bill. More than 80% of the $3.4 trillion eventually accrued to the wealthiest 20% households and corporations, and most of that to the top 0.1%, or 100,000 households, and S&P largest 500 companies. And what did George W. Bush business-investor tax cut produce in terms of jobs? The period 2001-2004 witnessed the weakest jobs creation on record following a recession. It took a full 46 months just to recover the level of jobs in the U.S. that existed in January 2001, when the recession at that time began. Estimates today after the current recession are that it will take 7-8 years to recover the lost jobs, if even then.


avatar annagrace December 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

You are right on the money Mr. Fresh! Bravo.


avatar Nancy December 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Yes, Mr. Fresh said it well. My best friend, 65 yrs. old, voted Republican all her life til George W changed the tax rate on dividends and cap. gains from the 35% range down to 15%, as she made her money on dividends. She finally saw the light and ended up volunteering for Obama campaign and wrote letters about how unfair this was. She’d tell her gardener, domestic, how it was so unfair for them to be taxed on their earnings (FICA, i.e., Soc.Sec.) and income taxes when she did nothing and paid less taxes %-wise than working people did.

The gap between rich and poor will continue to get bigger, and unfortunately the ones voting for the Republican philosophy are voting against their own best interest.


avatar Marilyn Steber December 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Confession time, Nancy: I was a Republican too and I have my medallion thanking me for my donation to CREEP to prove it. That was the Committee to ReElect the President, for you younguns… President Nixon!
The party philosophy and platform changed. It didn’t take the tax rates to change my mind about my party affiliation.
Good on your friend.


avatar Shane Finneran December 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

Hmm, wonder if there’ll come a time to move on from the Democratic Party? :0 ;)


avatar Shane Finneran December 8, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Great call, Doug – I fired up my old Hotmail account just to unsubscribe to Organizing for America. It felt good. In the “why?” box, I put “So over it.”


avatar annagrace December 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm

This was a really hard one for me. I did unsubscribe and here’s what I wrote:
“Dear Mr. President, Today I made the very hard decision to unsubscribe to Organizing for America. It truly was a hard decision. I am trying to understand how hard it is for you, as the President of our country, to make good on the campaign promises that convinced me not to vote for a very smart, politically savvy woman who ran a strong campaign against you- Hillary Clinton.

I feel that you have thrown your strongest supporters to the dogs as the health care debate became a town hall debacle. I was there Mr. President. It was not pretty.

I have tried to balance all the things that you have accomplished against your putative commitment to the American public during the campaign, and to be fair and reasonable in doing so. I do understand your accomplishments and I value them.

Those accomplishments have come at a great cost to the citizens of this country. The latest tax cut deal has been the piece de resistance for me. You are hereby released from any future excoriations of this one particular member of the progressive base that elected you. I am not holding you hostage Mr. President. I hope you understand that.”


avatar Marilyn Steber December 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

To the dogs, AnnaGrace? Is that like putting us all in the dog park with bullies like Boehner and McConnell?
Great wordsmithing!


avatar Davol December 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I’d filibuster the crap out of this raw Obummer/Bush tax deal. Why arn’t tax cuts during wartime regarded as a rude country-wrecking form of treason?


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