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Don’t Extend Tax Cuts on the Wealthy…

… Sign the petition and tell your Congressfolk where their responsibility lies:

http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/gwb_tax_cuts

Thanks…

Bill

Keith will be back on Tuesday Night!

“We Did It,” say the folks at BoldProgressives.org:

“The president of MSNBC just announced that Keith Olbermann will be back on the air on Tuesday night!

This is a huge victory for the whopping 300,000 of us who signed the petition, which was delivered directly to MSNBC’s president and reported on by many top news outlets.

Click here to sign the national congrats card to Keith — and write him a note. We’ll deliver it to him directly.”

I signed the note and I hope Keith doesn’t have to make a false apology. Oh hell, he knows how to handle this crap.

Join Mayors Against Illegal Guns…

…and sign the Gun Law Petition HERE: http://www.closetheloophole.org/main.cfm?s=loophole&skipPetition=1&adid=776. The new gun laws and the Supreme Court all seem to be working against people who live in proxinity to each other!

Ok… Do your part to get us Health Care with a Public Option

President Obama has given the Republicans and conservative Democrats ample opportunity to get on board with health care reform. It’s time to pass health care without them. (and after Thursday’s meeting looking for a Bipartisan deal falls through, that’s all we’ll be able to do).

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said if he has the votes, he will pass a bill with the public option. Reid has also said that reconciliation is how he’s going to pass health care, which would require only a simple majority — 51 votes. That means he doesn’t need a single Republican vote.

With 119 House Democrats and 20 Senators calling for passing a public option using reconciliation, we’re getting closer every day to passing real reform. The president has supported the public option in the past. And once this last ditch effort to curry Republican support for change fails, it’s time to pass the bill the president campaigned for.

I just signed a petition that told Congress to pass a good health care reform bill, not just a bipartisan one. I hope you’ll join me.

Sign the Petition.

Help Bernie Sanders End TOO BIG TO FAIL

Senator Sanders is quite clear about the Treasury Secretary’s protection of Too Big To Fail Insitutions and I agree with him. He is putting up a petition that had 8000 signatures a few minutes ago.

Here’s the petition:


Petition to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

Too Big to Fail is Too Big to Exist

Financial institutions that are “too big to fail” played a major role in undermining the American economy and driving our country into a severe recession.

Financial institutions that are “too big to fail” put taxpayers on the hook for a $700 billion bailout and more than $2 trillion from the Federal Reserve in virtually zero interest loans.

Huge financial institutions have become so big that the four largest banks in America (JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup) now issue one out of every two mortgages; two out of three credit cards; and hold $4 out of every $10 in bank deposits in the country.

Just five banks in America (JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley) own a staggering 95% of the $290 trillion in derivatives held at commercial banks. Derivatives are risky side bets made by Wall Street gamblers that led to the $182 billion bailout of AIG, the $29 billion bailout that allowed JP Morgan Chase to acquire Bear Stearns, and the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

The concentration of ownership in the financial services industry has resulted in higher bank fees and interest rates that consumers are forced to pay for credit cards, mortgages and other financial products.

No single financial institution should be so large that its failure would cause catastrophic risk to millions of American jobs or to our nation’s economic well-being.

No single financial institution should have holdings so extensive that its failure could send the world economy into crisis.

We believe it is time to break up the banks and insurance companies which are too big to fail.

We believe that passage of The Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act is essential for a strong American economy and a secure future for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren.

We urge the immediate enactment of the Too Big to Fail, Too Big to Exist Act, which directs the treasury secretary to compile a list of those financial institutions that are too big to fail in the next 90 days, and to break up these banks and insurance companies a year after the legislation is signed into law.

You can go HERE and add your signature. I urge you to do it.

Another Republican puts his Income ahead of your Interests

This week, Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) — who has taken over $170,000 in campaign contributions from auto-dealers and also gets personal income from them — pushed an amendment through a House committee exempting used car salesmen from new consumer protection laws. (Seriously!)

Take a look at this video:

Go HERE and sign the petition that says the House should reject Campbell’s special-interest legislation, the Ethics Committee should investigate his self-dealing, and Congress must pass fundamental campaign finance reform that replaces special-interest-funded elections with citizen-funded elections.

Why do these Republicans think no one is watching?

A message…

… from www.freepress.net and www.savetheinternet.com:

Dear Friend:

An open Internet provides the foundation for innovation, free speech and democracy in the United States and around the world. But Washington lobbyists have convinced some members of Congress to oppose the FCC’s actions to protect Net Neutrality.

It’s vital that the FCC move forward on its rulemaking to safeguard the open Internet. Hundreds of millions of Internet users — people like us — need Net Neutrality now.

Tell Congress and the FCC to stand firm in support of Net Neutrality. Please join the campaign to save the Internet now: https://secure.freepress.net/site/Advocacy?id=361

A Message from Me and MoveOn.org:

Hi Friends,

Last night, President Obama challenged Congress to “meet history’s test” and finally fix our broken health care system. He pledged to seek common ground between Democrats and Republicans, and offered: “My door is always open.”

Republicans responded by heckling, booing, and hissing. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) screamed out “You lie!” as the President defended his health care plan against false right-wing attacks.

We can’t afford to let conservative extremists like Joe Wilson hold health care reform hostage. As Obama put it, “the time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”

I just signed a petition to Congress demanding swift action to pass real health care reform. Can you join me at the link below?

http://pol.moveon.org/passhealthcare

Thanks!

-Bill

Take a look at the ad that is playing in Chuck Grassley’s neighborhood…

This is causing a pretty good reaction in Iowa:

Carry this a step further… go HERE and sign the petition supporting the ad in Iowa and Washington DC.

Firedoglake needs signatures on their petition….

Our friends at Firedoglake want to get  40,000 signatures on a petition of support to the 65 members of Congress who said they’d only support health care reform with a strong public health insurance option. So far,  32,015 people have signed (including yours truly).

They are really close and they want to get this out by Labor Day.  You can help.

Please go to http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/keepthepledge?source=email&subsource=fwd and sign!

Thanks,

Bill.
http://action.firedoglake.com/page/s/keepthepledge?source=email&subsource=fwd

A note I received from BoldProgressives.org…

…after I signed their petition. I pass it on to you. Ted Kennedy should be remembered by a major, public-option Health Care Bill. I pass this on to my readers:

I just signed this petition to honor Ted Kennedy, which will be delivered to senators on Monday:

“Ted Kennedy was a courageous champion for health care reform his entire life. In his honor, name the reform bill that passed Kennedy’s health committee ‘The Kennedy Bill’ — then pass it, and nothing less, through the Senate.”

Kennedy’s bill includes a public health insurance option, and it would be an honor to Kennedy’s memory if it passed the Senate. Will you sign the petition? You can sign here.

Thanks.

Dr. Dean gives us the ammo we need to go after our Congressfolk on Health Care!

I am so thankful for Dr. Howard Dean’s site, Stand With Dr. Dean, because he is doing more than most of our seated politicians to drive the public’s desires right through Congress’ front window!

And if you want to write, call, fax, or e-mail your Representative or Senators he gives you all the information right HERE

391194 of us have signed Dr. Dean’s Universal Healthcare petition… you should,too. Remember: “Any legislation without the choice of a public option is only insurance reform and not the healthcare reform America needs.”

It’s time to let our reps know…

…both Senators and Congressmen and women, that the majority of us favor a public health plan and are opposed to the way insurance companies suck our money out of health care. If they don’t understand this, then they shouldn’t be reelected, neither Republicans nor Democrats.

If you haven’t contacted your representatives, or participated in the many polls and petitions on the web (like Dr.Howard Dean’s which I think is very important to support: http://www.standwithdrdean.com/LastChance), then it is time to get active. Let them know what you think.

I know that my Rep., Shelly Moore Capito (R), is a lost cause… and hopefully it will help get her replaced next election. That’s the one thing we can hold over their heads, the possibility of massive vote attacks.

Protest against the Coup d’Etat in Iran!

There is a petition going to the Attorney General of the United Nations protesting the election results in Iran as announced by the Supreme Leader.

Go to the Petition by clicking HERE.

I just signed it a few minutes ago and the number of signers was up to 14,531… and it was growing fast.