Trickle Down Didn’t Work Then & It Won’t Work Now
The middle class in this country is struggling, which is a big reason why our economy also continues to struggle. The good news is that there are loads of progressive ideas (here are 35) about how to revitalize the middle class. The bad news is that conservatives are still clinging to their failed, discredited trickle-down theory, which has just resulted in the rich getting richer at the expense of everyone else.
Here are SEVEN charts showing why the GOP’s favorite economic theory is a failure:
The middle class is the engine of our economy and middle class workers – not the wealthy – are the real job creators. It’s time to stop giving more tax cuts to the wealthiest and start making investments in the middle class.
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That’s how Chicken of the Sea catches tuna — a deadly combination of fish aggregating devices (FADs) and massive seine nets. This indiscriminate practice is causing tremendous harm to our oceans, including the needless deaths of tens of thousands of sharks, rays, and baby tuna every year.
We launched our campaign to get Chicken of the Sea to clean up their act back in August with a video by Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore. That video received such a strong response from the company and the rest of the tuna industry that we decided to make another. This time, we’re taking a closer look at their destructive practices, and offering indisputable evidence of their activities: actual footage of FAD-driven carnage on the high seas.
Help us keep the pressure on and check it out. Our goal is to hit 25,000 views in the first 48 hours.Simply click on the image below to watch the video and be sure to share it on Facebook and Twitter after you’ve watched it…
Chicken of the Sea and the entire tuna industry is scared. They’re scared that the public is going to find out the truth about what they are doing. So they’ve spent the last couple of months and untold amounts of money hiring expensive PR firms to attack Greenpeace, hoping that this will distract the public and confuse the issue.
But each and every person who watches this video and becomes aware of our campaign makes it a little bit harder for them to hide the truth. Take a moment and watch it yourself and then pass it along on Facebook and Twitter.
For the oceans,
Greenpeace Senior Markets Campaigner
P.S. One of the fastest and easiest ways to get people to watch the video is to forward this email to the people in your email address book.
|August 3, 2011|
|Dear Friend,Last year, we introduced you to The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama. The Backlash is a thoroughly researched, informative and intriguing book about the Tea Party’s emergence written by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Media Matters for Americasenior fellow Will Bunch.We wanted to let you know that The Backlash was just released in paperback and is now available online.In The Backlash, Bunch examines the political conditions, personalities, right-wing machinery and media activity that shaped the Tea Party. Indeed, during the past few years Media Matters has demonstrated that the commercial news media — most notoriously Fox News — had a significant role in fueling and sustaining the Tea Party. But now, a year after The Backlash was released, some parts of the landscape look different.Thanks in part to your efforts, one of the Tea Party’s loudest cheerleaders, Glenn Beck, no longer has a national TV platform to promote the Tea Party. Further, in a recent interview with Newsweek, Fox News executives reportedly admitted that the network took a sharp turn to the right during a period overlapping with the Tea Party’s growth. Yet, The Backlash’s insights remain valuable, especially since its central arguments have withstood the test of hindsight.
The Backlash is the definitive book for anyone who wants to understand what the Tea Party is really all about and how the media helped cultivate it.
There’s a lot more to a can of tuna than the friendly looking label might suggest. Behind every happy bumble bee and smiling mermaid there’s an ocean of destruction.
That’s why Greenpeace is launching a new campaign to get the canned tuna industry to clean up its act and end its destructive ways. And to kick things off we’ve teamed up with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore on a brand new video to expose the industry’s dirty little secret.
Our goal is to reach 25,000 views in the first 48 hours. If we do that, we have a great chance of giving the video the momentum it needs to really get the tuna industry’s attention.
Together we have already transformed the supermarket seafood industry in this country — getting companies like Costco, Trader Joe’s and Target to adopt real sustainable seafood policies. Now it’s time to take on the companies most responsible for ocean destruction in the United States.
You’ll be hearing a lot more about this campaign in the weeks and months to come. I can’t wait to get started.
In the meantime, check out the video and pass it along on Facebook and Twitter. The more we spread the word the faster we expose the tuna industry’s dirty little secret and save the oceans.
Senior Markets Campaigner
P.S. One of the fastest and easiest ways to get people to watch the video is to forward this email to the people in your email address book.
We each have a story
How do you define American?
Today, 75 new American citizens will proudly take the oath of citizenship at Monticello http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/go/1241?akid=713.164689.MqV-84&t=8 - Thomas Jefferson’s home.
As our founding fathers shaped America, they brought forth the ideals of freedom and liberty, instilling in us a sense of pride for our country and that of our fellow Americans.
Jose Vargas is one such American. He lived the dream: attended college, became journalist, and even won a Pulitzer Prize. After years of living as an undocumented immigrant, Jose bravely stepped out from the shadows to tell his story – his American story – to change the immigration conversation. http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/go/1239?akid=713.164689.MqV-84&t=9
As you celebrate this Independence Day, we ask – how do you define American?
Visit our Facebook page >> http://act.reformimmigrationforamerica.org/go/1129?akid=713.164689.MqV-84&t=10 and share your American story on our wall. Comment on others’ posts and start a conversation about what being an American is to you and your family!
Happy Independence Day,
Just one week ago, I published an expose in the New York Times. It was my life story. I am an undocumented immigrant, an outlaw in my own country.
In the days since, I have been drowning in media requests, tearful letters, and powerful Facebook messages. I want to thank all of the individuals who have both challenged and supported me, and ask those who have not yet done so to join me.
I’ve left my job as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and come out about my immigration status because it’s long past time to strike up a more civil, inclusive debate about immigration in America. It’s a risk, but I have a unique story to tell, and I was tired of staying silent.
Now, I’m launching the project “Define American.” http://www.change.org/petitions/stand-with-me-jose-antonio-vargas-for-a-new-conversation-about-immigration?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&alert_id=priUkRVDLL_INmaVodArs
We may not all agree on how to fix it, but one thing we can all agree on is that our immigration debate is out of control and our immigration system is badly broken. I believe not only that we can do better, but that we must.
Will you sign the pledge to stand with me, Jose Antonio Vargas, in calling for a new national conversation on immigration? http://www.change.org/petitions/stand-with-me-jose-antonio-vargas-for-a-new-conversation-about-immigration?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&alert_id=priUkRVDLL_INmaVodArs
Some would say my story is the tale of a hard-working immigrant who defines the American dream: achieving success against great odds, working hard, and even earning a Pulitzer Prize for my reporting. Still, despite everything I’ve achieved, the law still says I am not technically an American. I am undocumented.
I want to ask my fellow Americans: What would you do, if you found out at age 16 that you didn’t have the right papers? As a journalist, my job is to ask questions that spark conversation. Now I am asking you to join in that conversation.
Sign the pledge to “Define American,” share it with everyone you know, and then leave us a comment about what you would do if you found out you were undocumented. I will bring your comments and stories with me as I head to the next round of media interviews. http://www.change.org/petitions/stand-with-me-jose-antonio-vargas-for-a-new-conversation-about-immigration?utm_source=action_alert&utm_medium=email&alert_id=priUkRVDLL_INmaVodArs
We all have a story to tell, so let’s talk. Let’s debate. Most importantly, let’s listen.
All the best,
Tarryl Clark is a smart, well-spoken State Senator who puts the common good of Minnesotans ahead of political ideology. She has done the hard work of balancing budgets, creating jobs and investing in education. She’s held taxes down for middle class people. She is salt of the earth and speaks honestly about the challenges we face.
Her well-financed opponent is from the new breed of politicians who get caught again and again making wildly false statements – and never say they’re sorry. That’s why Bachmann holds the “All False / Pants-on-Fire” record from the Pulitzer Prize award winning fact-checking organization PolitiFact.
She is not a witch, but she does something which we were all brought up not to do.
I take a personal interest in the 6th District since Lake Wobegon is there and I think the good people of the 6th deserve able and honest representation.
And so I am passing the hat one last time to give the campaign a little bump and put more workers in the field. Election Day is at hand, that blessed quiet day when the shouting dies down and people go to the polls to vote their conscience. A majestic day. Let’s do the right thing.
Thank you for reading this note.
P.S. I’m proud of the campaign Tarryl has run. She’s a hard worker in the Amy Klobuchar tradition – she has forced Congresswoman Bachmann’s wealthy corporate patrons to dig deep into their pockets – and I hope you’ll join me in supporting Tarryl today.
That’s exactly what the Republican attack squad is trying to pull off.
They’re claiming that my fellow House Democrats who consistently stand up for good paying American jobs are actually the ones to blame for jobs getting shipped overseas. Worse yet, they’re relying on millions of dollars from pro-outsourcing special interests to launch their attacks. Shameless.
We can’t let their lies take hold because we failed to act. The DCCC has got rapid response ads ready to fight back with the truth, but we simply must raise $117,337 more by tomorrow’s ad buy deadline to get them on the air.
Contribute $5, $10 or more to House Democrats’ October Rapid Response Fund before tonight’s Midnight Tomorrow and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a group of committed Democrats. Your generous support is urgently needed to help our Democratic candidates fight back against Republican attacks.
It won’t surprise you that the Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact called the Republicans’ baseless attacks “FALSE.” It would be comical if the stakes of this election weren’t so high.
With early voting already under way, sitting on our hands is not an option. We all know what happens when you let smears like this go unchallenged. None of us can afford to look back on Election Day wishing we did more to fight back. And we certainly can’t let the Republicans and their front groups dominate the airwaves in the final days of this Election.
Thank you for standing with us.
Congresswoman, New York’s 14th District
Breaking: Republicans expand ad buys into seven additional districts bringing the total to over 60 races.
With just 24 hours to go before our ad buy deadline, news reports broke yesterday that the Republicans’ campaign attack squad has expanded their advertising blitz.
The claims in Republican ads have already been debunked by the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact. Yet, they now have the resources to EXPAND their false attacks into more districts. It’s Rove-style dirty politics at its worst.
It’s up to us to set the record straight but we have to go all-in before tomorrow’s deadline hits.
We have just 24 hours left before our deadline to wire more money for ads but we’re still $72,179 short.
We can stop them — we have done it before. But I need you to help us stand up to their smears.
Onward to Victory,
DCCC Executive Director
P.S. We have set up a Tip Box to report abusive or deceptive robocalls, mailers, or internet scams/rumors. If you see this kind of widespread abuse in your district, you should send a message to our Tip Box by emailing at email@example.com. Please contribute to our Rapid Response Ad Fund now so we can continue to keep fighting back.