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Reclaiming Our Voices
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Our Next Step . . .
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: "We're Not Gonna Take It" Some 80's Group
Topic: Stand Up! Speak Out!
From John Kerry

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Every Child Protected Petition Please sign!

I want to thank you personally for what you did in the election -- you rewrote the book on grassroots politics, taking control of campaigns away from big donors. No campaign will ever be the same.

You moved voters, helped hold George Bush accountable, and countered the attacks from big news organizations such as Fox, Sinclair Broadcasting, and conservative talk radio.

And your efforts count now more than ever. Despite the words of cooperation and moderate sounding promises, this administration is planning a right wing assault on values and ideals we hold most deeply. Healthy debate and diverse opinion are being eliminated from the State Department and CIA, and the cabinet is being remade to rubber stamp policies that will undermine Social Security, balloon the deficit, avoid real reforms in health care and education, weaken homeland security, and walk away from critical allies around the world.

Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all the votes are counted -- and they will be counted -- we will continue to challenge this administration. This is not a time for Democrats to retreat and accommodate extremists on critical principles -- it is a time to stand firm.

I will fight for a national standard for federal elections that has both transparency and accountability in our voting system. It's unacceptable in the United States that people still don't have full confidence in the integrity of the voting process.

I ask you to join me in this cause.

And we must fight not only against George Bush's extreme policies -- we must also uphold our own values. This is why on the first day Congress is in session next year, I will introduce a bill to provide every child in America with health insurance. And, with your help, that legislation will be accompanied by the support of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

There are more than eight million uninsured children in our nation.

That's eight million reasons for us to stay together and fight for a new direction. It is a disgrace that in the wealthiest nation on earth, eight million children go without health insurance.

Normally, a member of the Senate will first approach other senators and ask them to co-sponsor a bill before it is introduced -- instead, I am turning to you. Imagine the power of a bill co-sponsored by hundreds of thousands of Americans being presented on the floor of the United States Senate. You can make it happen. Sign our "Every Child Protected" pledge today and forward it to your family, friends, and neighbors:


This is the beginning of a second term effort to hold the Bush administration accountable and to stand up and fight for our principles and our values. They want you to disappear; they are counting on that. I'm confident you will prove them wrong, and you will rewrite history again.

Here is what I want you to know. I understand the strength, commitment, and passion that are at the core of what we built together -- and I am determined to make our collective energy and organization a force to be reckoned with in the weeks and months ahead.

Let's roll up our sleeves and get back to work for our country.

Thank you, Senator John Kerry

From my recent e-mailings

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Senate Republicans have colluded with Republican House members to add an abortion clause to a final spending bill in their lame duck session, that would bar federal, state and local agencies from withholding taxpayer money from health care providers that refuse to provide or pay for abortions or refuse to offer abortion counseling or referrals.

Current federal law, aimed at protecting Roman Catholic doctors, provides such "conscience protection" to doctors who do not want to undergo abortion training. The new language would expand that protection to all health care providers, including hospitals, doctors, clinics and insurers.

The spending bill is an essential appropriation to keep important government services going. The issue is these two should not be linked together in one bill.

Negotiators Add Abortion Clause to Spending Bill (link to full article) By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and CARL HULSE NY Times: House and Senate negotiators have tucked a potentially far-reaching anti-abortion provision into a $388 billion must-pass spending bill.

The article notes that Senate Republicans were mostly absent when Senator Daschle gave his fair well speech to the Senate, for which he received a standing ovation. Senate leader (and likely Presidential candidate) Bill Frist was notably absent. He breeched longstanding tradition, by campaigning against Senator Daschle in Daschle's home state (South Dakota) last summer.

Also, the invisible war continues. Most recent statistica indicate between 14454 to 16604 Iragi civilians have died. Amreican deaths have reached 1218 (952 combat related) with 1081 (842 combat related) since May 1, 2003, when President Bush proclaimed all major combat was concluded, and General Tommy Franks (who ultimately campaigned for Bush) was considering plans to pull out American troops in about 6 months.

Finally, the national debt ceiling has been increased to 8 trillion ( previously 7.4 trillion) to pay for the tax cuts and the war in Iraq. This ceiling has been raised 2 trillion dollars (25%) in the first Bush term, despite his promise to keep the balanced budget that President Clinton had help to establish. Bush's plan to cut our annual deficit in half in 5 years, does not include paying for a continued war in Iraq. The annual deficit (versus the debt) is the amount we over-spend each year.

It would be like this. If I had an annual income of $50,000 with $150,000 total debt, and I spent $60,000 in that year, I would simply increase my debt to $160,000 and keep making interest-only payments on that debt. This is what we have done during the combined Reagan & Bush years, even as they promised fiscal responsibility. This latest round occurred with a Republican Congress.

In fairness, deficit spending pre-dates the Reagan era, but the Republicans seemed to have perfected the borrow and spend malaise, that is sinking the value of the dollar with respect to other currencies, and could lead to a return of higher inflation.

We borrow from our social security fund and our economic competitors, like China. As the baby boomers start to reach retirement age, that depleted social security fund will cause problems for meeting those entitlements. There is no plan from the Bush Administration as to how they will pay back the social security fund in time for the baby boomers, except to further decrease contributions to the social security fund, with partial privatisation by younger contributors, which will benefit the Wall Street establishment with many new investors. The beat goes on.

This is not a time to get discouraged, but it is a call to all free thinking, rational people to make their voices heard to their government representatives and to the media. Sorry for the rambling, but if anyone wonders why some of us can't just "get over it" regarding the recent election, this is why.

Posted by pencandle at 4:21 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 20, 2004 5:15 PM EST

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