If corporate lobbyists win, we lose! The Chamber of Commerce and other business lobbyists have spent millions trying to kill meaningful quality, affordable health care for all. Tomorrow, ADA will rally with our coalition partners to demonstrate our support to Congress and to encourage them to stand up to corporate lobbyists. If you are in the D.C. area and want to join us, click here!
The Massachusetts' Senate Race...
ADA President Richard Parker, who lives and teaches in Massachusetts, had the following commentary on the Massachusetts Senate race, "Voters in Massachusetts are scared and angry, even more than they were in November 2008. Many of them voted for Scott Brown for the same reason they voted for Obama; they want a leader who is on their side - not Washington D.C.'s. They are not Republicans; they're frightened, hard-working men and women who've seen their home and IRA values collapse. They know someone who's lost their job (and assume they might be next themselves). For blue-collar Mass, this is the Depression-there are 65 job-seekers for every construction job, 40 for every manufacturing job. Our job at ADA is to be their voice, to advocate for economic reform that protects America's working families and that represents their aspirations, not the aspirations of Big Bankers and Wall Street Financiers. We have to be that voice on Capitol Hill, in the news media, and yes, even with the Obama White House."
New Study on Poverty in the U.S.
A new study by the Brookings Institution tells us that the largest and fastest-growing population of poor people in the U.S. is in the suburbs. With the middle class under threat, it's time for Washington & the White House to wake up and get serious about unemployment and jobs. In December, there were 17 states with double-digit unemployment rates, and that's just the official rate which excludes part-time and other discouraged workers. The Economic Policy Institute recently created a comprehensive fact jobs crisis fact sheet. Get the facts and help support ADA as we continue to fight for unemployment solutions and a real jobs plan.
Corporations Win, Thanks to the Supreme Court
Last week, in an egregious decision, the Supreme Court ruled 5 - 4 that the government has no right to regulate the campaign contributions of corporations and unions. This means that corporations, from Wal-Mart to Exxon-Mobile, can now purchase their own campaign ads, campaign literature, robo-calls, etc. as long as the candidate does not create it. In short, the decision by the court has opened the floodgate, for corporate cash. If we were concerned that our elected Representatives were prone to big money before, the amount of corporate dollars is about to increase drastically. Sign this petition and tell Congress that people are more important than corporations and we need public financing of our campaigns.
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