Emergency Protest Tuesday, 12 noon at
600 Mule Rd #6,
Toms River, NJ 08757
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
– As Washington moves to pass a bill that will raise the nation’s debt ceiling but fails to protect the middle class, local residents will gather Tuesday at12 noon at Representative Jon Runyon’s office to protest the Republican Party’s attempt to squeeze the majority of Americans—and the American Dream—to maintain billions in tax giveaways for millionaires, billionaires, and our nation’s most profitable corporations.
The debt deal, currently moving in Washington, will force deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class, but asks nothing of big corporations and millionaires. And though it does not require cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits, it opens the door for these down the road via an unaccountable congressional committee.
“What we have seen the last few days in Washington is exactly why people in our community, and all over the nation, are saying enough is enough,” said Marilyn Michaels, a local MoveOn member. Representative Runyon and the other Republicans in Washington held our whole economy hostage simply to advance their ideological agenda. We are now stuck with a deal that protects millionaires and billionaires but fails to help everyday Americans like us. It is time for Congressman Runyon to stand up for the American Dream and protect the middle class.”
The protest will take part on Tuesday at 12 noon at 600 Mule Rd #6, Toms River, NJ.
The rallies this week are being organized by the new American Dream Movement. Last Tuesday, 800 similar rallies were held across the country. The American Dream Movement is a growing movement inspired by protests in Wisconsin and fueled by the brutal right-wing attacks on the middle class and the poor. MoveOn.org, along with countless organizations, have joined the American Dream Movement to fight to ensure that Americans have the opportunity to find a decent job, afford to go to college, and secure a future for our children and our communities.
>I admit I’m a little late in wishing my condolences to the family of the Congressman John Adler who past away yesterday. There has been many fine pieces written about Adler since his passing and I don’t really have much to add.
I met him once by chance, a couple of years ago when he was running for congress. I was spending the a spectacular day down in South Jersey with the family when I ran into him pressing palms and working the crowd at the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival. I didn’t know him from Adam and told him I was Middletown. That didn’t seem to matter to him, he was polite, cordial and a pleasure to speak to. Only afterwards when I got home and googled his name, did I realize he was a rather prominent and highly thought of member of the NJ State Senate.
When he went on to win his congressional seat later that November, I thought it was pretty cool bumping into him the way I had because I seriously didn’t think he could win his district. The seat was held by a string of Republicans for as long as anyone could remember and was considered by many, to be a very close toss-up between him and his opponent.
Sadly he lost his bid for reelection last year to former Philadelphia Eagle football player John Runyan in a another very close race. It’s even sadder to know that he lost his life a few short months later.
>Does anyone today remember taking Civics, Social Studies or History classes while going to school? Evidently not.
If they had, they would know that the only way a law is enacted in this country is that it needs to receive approval from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before moving on to be signed by the President of the United States.
Somehow however, there are some in the House of Representatives that have forgotten this process and I am embarrassed to admit, that some of those that have forgotten their civics lessons are from New Jersey.
If the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, the provisions of H.R. 1, as passed by the House on February 19, 2011, are hereby enacted into law.
Yes, if the Senate fails to vote for a bill that means it becomes law! Congratulations Tea Party “Constitutionalists,” you have hit the jackpot with your Representatives.
Hat tip goes to Hopeful
over at Blue Jersey
on this one!
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