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TODAY & TONIGHT: Candlelight Vigils for Middle-Class Tax Relief

promoted by Rosi

Below you can find the locations for the vigils taking place at GOP congressmen’s offices TODAY from 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM.

You can RSVP online at http://find.theaction.org/  

If you have any questions or need a ride, please email Peter Travers at pdtravers@gmail.com

The clock is ticking. It’s time for us all to let New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation know we need them to do the right thing and let the Bush Tax Cuts expire for the wealthiest 2%.

Today – there will be candlelight vigils taking place outside Congressional Offices throughout New Jersey imploring Republican representatives to let the Bush Tax Cuts expire for the top 2%. They’re being organized by our friends at CWA District 1, BlueWave NJ, New Jersey Citizen Action, GrassRoots4Change and Organizing for America.  But, anyone is free to participate in telling Congress to protect New Jersey’s middle-class by letting the Bush Tax Cuts lapse on top income-earners.

There are a whole bunch of reasons why this is the correct course of action.

I laid out a few of my thoughts last week in an op-ed for the Times of Trenton.


Letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire for the richest 2% would make good on the voters’ loud call for fairness at the polls last month. It would help take care of half the money needed to steer America clear of the “fiscal cliff”.  97% of small businesses and 98% of Americans would continue receiving the exact same tax relief.  Moreover, economists have proven tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans are the least effective way to grow the economy.

December 1st Day of Action: End The Bush Tax Cuts for Top 2% #TheActionNJ

promoted by Rosi

Join your fellow progressives in New Jersey (and across the country) for a Day of Action this Saturday, December 1st.

In 2008, we had an historic election. From coast-to-coast, he energy and enthusiasm to turn the page on 8 long years of George W. Bush taking our nation backwards was truly palpable.  Everyone was fired up and ready to go.

Barack Obama won, and folks were still fired up after the polls closed.  In the weeks between Election Day and the Inauguration they were still ready to go…but they weren’t sure where to go.  People were asking “what’s next?” However, there was no real way to direct energies in the short-term.

Now, its 2012. And after Election Day, folks are again asking “What’s next?” Well, this time, there’s an answer. There’s a simple way for us to focus on something we all agree on:  The President needs our help to make sure Congress sends him a bill to sign that extends tax cuts for 98% of Americans, while letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire on the wealthiest 2%.



This Saturday, December 1st, a whole bunch of us are taking part in a Day of Action – both online and off. Not just here in New Jersey, but throughout the country. But, I hope you’ll step up to help our state lead the pack.

Online…please pitch in with doing a tweet or two this Saturday to be part of our New Jersey action. It’s really easy. It takes only 30 seconds and 140 characters or less to tweet a line or two saying that (or why) you support letting the Bush Tax Cuts lapse on the top 2%. Just be sure to use the hashtag: #TheActionNJ in the tweet.

It could be as simple as a statement as to why you think letting these cuts expire is important – for our middle-class families, for all small businesses, for our future, for the sake of vital federal programs, to help fix the fiscal cliff predicament, etc.

Or if you want to say something about how Congressman Runyan (@RepJonRunyan) or LoBiondo (@RepLoBiondo) or Lance (@RepLanceNJ7) or Smith should do the right thing, that’d be fine, too. But the most important thing to remember is to use the hashtag #TheActionNJ this Saturday.

Offline…if you want to get off the couch and meet up in person to take part in this action, you can also join us at 4 activist trainings across spread across the state this Saturday.   Here are the details on these Activist Information & Training Sessions:

1). Toms River: Branch OC Library, 101 Washington Street (1:30 pm – 3:30 pm)

2). Montclair: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 67 Church Street (11 am – 12:30 pm)

3). Willingboro: Senior Center, 429 John F. Kennedy Way (11 am-12:30 pm)

4). Pleasantville: Christ Worship Worldwide Church, 249 W. Bayview Avenue (10 am – 2 pm)

Please come learn about what the “fiscal cliff” is (and what it is not), as well as how it will affect the vital programs we care about. Join us to learn how the issues facing Congress this lame duck session affect our families, our businesses and our communities.  Not to mention how we can mobilize our neighbors. And we can brainstorm ideas how to show our Congress members how important it is to let the Bush Tax Cuts lapse for the 2% income earners.

At its core, this election was all about fairness. And Congress should heed the will of the people by letting the Bush Tax. Check out www.TheAction.org for some more information, and be sure to follow @JoinTheAction on twitter, as well.

This upcoming fight will set the stage not only for President Obama’s second term, but also for our fiscal stability for years to come. And the President needs our help to win it.

Real quick, here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re tweeting on Saturday (or just to keep in mind, in general):

a).  Obama would sign legislation right now extending tax cuts for 98% of Americans

b). Congress should not hold the middle-class hostage just to keep the system rigged for the top 2%

c). 97% of small business owners would not be affected by letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire on the wealthiest 2%

d). The top 2% would still receive their tax cut on the first $250,000

e). Tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% doesn’t have the same positive effect on our economy as tax cuts for middle-class families

f). Congress should listen to the voters, not Grover Norquist

I hope to see a whole bunch of the Blue Jersey family on Twitter this Saturday, posting and re-tweeting with reckless abandon. Even if some New Jersey Republicans do not change their stance by doing the right thing and support the President’s plan, the pressure we put on them will be felt by GOP leadership. This can only serve to strengthen the President’s hand in negotiations. We also need to make sure our New Jersey Democrats support President Obama by letting the Bush Tax Cuts expire on the wealthiest 2%. We should let them know that we stand up for them – and alongside them – when they do the right thing, too.  

See you on Twitter this Saturday! (And remember to tag it with #TheActionNJ)

NJ GOP Delegation Goes Emily Postal

Promoted from the diaries by Rosi, who is represented in Congress by Leonard Lance, damn it.

This is an embarrassment.  Last week Congressman Joe Wilson (Rude-SC) heckled the President of the United States while Mr. Obama was speaking in front of the United States Congress at the invitation of the United States Congress.

Today the United States House of Representatives was presented with a vote that said it disapproved of Joe Wilson for heckling the President when he spoke in front of Congress at the invitation of Congress.

The entire NJ Republican delegation voted against the mild rebuke.  That’s Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank Lobiondo, Leonard Lance (the “moderate”), and Chris Smith who apparently think it is OK to heckle the President.

I mean, here is the text of the resolution that they voted against:

Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House:

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.

I mean, holy shit but that is the most mealy mouthed resolution that could possibly be passed.  Wilson was wrong in his behavior, and he was wrong in his facts.  What the hell do these Republicans think is appropriate behavior if embarrassing the United States on national TV is OK with them?

And these morans are members of the same party — the REPUBLICANS — who equated opposing President Bush with treason.  Shit!

The fact is that Wilson embarrassed the House, the Senate and the Country.  All the resolution says is that he degraded the processions, and that the House disapproves of that kind of action.

But Frelinghuysen, Garrett, Lobiondo, Lance and Smith can’t bring themselves to break from the national GOP and make this simple statement?  

To paraphrase the Dixie Chicks, I’m embarrassed these idiots are from the state of New Jersey.

Dr. Dobson’s weighs in on the NJ Delegation

Andrew  0%
LoBiondo  85%
Saxton  85%
Smith  100%
Garrett  100%
Pallone  0%
Ferguson  85%
Pascrell  0%
Rothman  0%
Payne  0%
Frelinghuysen 42%
Holt  0%

But I think Chris Smith gets extra credit for all the hard work he does for Dobson and other religious extremists. That’s why we need Carol Gay for Congress.

The votes:

Marriage protection and sponsorship of the amendment; maintain ban on abortions at military facilities overseas; requiring minor’s parents be notified if crossing state lines for an abortion and requiring doctors to notify parents of out of state minors who seek abotion services; repeal tax payer money used for lawyer fees in establishment of religion cases against local state and federal governments (ten Commandments)-“threatening public official’s public displays of religion”; removing federal courts from hearing Pledge of Allegiance cases; and of course blastocyst protection act.

Here’s the link:
PDF of scorecard link

Chris Smith is SOOO concerned about families but he doesn’t trust NJ families to do the right thing whether making a decision about the size of their family or end of life care ( he was Terri Schiavo’s brother’s chauffer to middle of the night pressers- had to cancel a trip to Europe to get in on the action.) He has spent his 26 year congressional career trying to eliminate contraceptive and abortion services not only for his constituents and US citizens, but also for the poverty stricken in developing countries.