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Ryan Plan Has Support of all NJ GOP Representatives

Promoted by Rosi. Here’s the roll call of today’s vote in the House.

For all that our six-member GOP House delegation is considered “moderate” and “independent,” their continued votes in Congress tell a different story.

Today they voted for the Ryan Budget, which — among other things — turns the current Medicare program into a voucher program.

If the party and/or its affiliated super PACs don’t hang this around the necks of lean-GOP reps like Leonard Lance (NJ-7) and Jon Runyan (NJ-3) they’re making a terrible mistake.  They need to be tied to the Washington Republican party, because they do whatever they’re told to by the Washington Republican party.

It’s not enough for Blue Jersey to point this stuff out, or for the state party to send an e-mail to their own supporters.  The folks responsible for taking back the House and winning elections need to take advantage of this huge gift.  

I doubt they will.

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

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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

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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)

Rep. Jon Runyan beats “Toaster Oven” in Jeopardy! Challenge

Snark. The toaster oven denies the whole thing. – promoted by Rosi

Republican New Jersey Rep. Jon Runyan was the sole competitor to beat  the Sanyo SK-7W Toaster Oven (nicknamed “Toasty”) in a mock Capitol Hill exhibition of “Jeopardy!” Monday night, beating out House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Michelle Bachman (R.-MN), and Eric Cantor (R.-VA.), and Kevin McCarthy (CA-22). Cantor and Bachman scored no points at all: Cantor could not figure out how to use the buzzer system and Bachman looked into the wrong camera throughout the Jeopardy! Challenge.

more wit and snark below the fold

What an Ass!

Congressional wannabe John Runyan made millions of dollars playing a game (protected by a government-sanctioned monopoly) in hundred million dollar taxpayer-financed stadiums.  Upon retirement, he promptly took a government subsidy to turn his luxury McMansion into a  hobby farm.

Thankfully, Congressman John Adler is taking him to task for it.  

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