The Bush Legacy Tour Kicks off today

With Republicans reeling due to their association with President Bush, and amid what supporters of the President have dubbed his "legacy year," Americans United for Change (AUFC) will unveil its much anticipated flagship effort - the Bush Legacy Bus - with a cookout in front of the headquarters of the AFL-CIO (two blocks from the White House) today.

The cookout will begin at 11:30 A.M. followed by a speaking program at 12:30 P.M. which will include, among others, AFLCIO President John Sweeney, AUFC President Brad Woodhouse, and a number of everyday Americans who have been affected by the Bush/Conservative Legacy.

The bus will be open for tour beginning at 10:00 A.M. and following the speaking program at 12:30 P.M., will drive by the White House where photographers and television cameras can see it in front of the White House from the corners of 16th and H Streets, NW. At 1:30 P.M. the Bus Will Leave the AFL-CIO to go to Capitol Hill where it will be open from 2:30 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the corners of 1st and D Streets, SE (across the Street from Tortilla Coast Restaurant).

The 28 ton, 45-foot long biodiesel-powered museum on wheels features interactive exhibits on the worst policy failures that grew out of the conservative agenda. Visitors will be given the chance to reflect on the Administration's tragically inept response to Hurricane Katrina, mismanaged and endless war in Iraq, ‘trickle-down' economic policies that favored the wealthiest Americans and more. From Washington D.C., the Bush Legacy Bus heads to Dayton, Ohio, to hold House Republican Leader John Boehner accountable for supporting Bush's conservative agenda.

The bus then goes on to Louisville to do the same for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell - the second of nearly 150 stops on a coast-to-coast tour throughout the summer and fall stopping in the hometowns of Bush's allies in Congress, both national political conventions, and symbolic and historic locations like New Orleans and Crawford, TX. Click here to visit the Bush Legacy Tour homepage.

06.24.08 | permalink

A lifeline for the unemployed

Americans who are hurting and out of work need a break.

With the unemployment rate ballooning from 5 percent to 5.5 percent in May -- the largest monthly increase since 1986 -- Congress is considering a crucial bill to extend unemployment benefits for millions of Americans who can't find jobs and whose benefits run out.

The House will vote this afternoon on this legislation, which provides up to 13 weeks of additional benefits to all out-of-work Americans, and up to 26 weeks in states with the highest unemployment rate. In these difficult economic times, Congress is working to provide an important lifeline for those hit hardest by the looming recession.

Paying for groceries, gas, and rent shouldn't be impossible. Extending unemployment benefits would not only provide assistance to needy Americans, but would be an important boon to the economy. The Congressional Budget Office has found that every $1.00 invested in unemployment benefits generates $1.73 in new demand, reinvigorating the economy and stimulating growth.

But President Bush still opposes this bill. White House Press Secretary Dana Perino casually noted last week, "While it's a concern that the unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent, that is still historically low." The President should tell that to the millions of Americans crunched by home foreclosures, a credit crisis, sky-high gas prices, and an economy that has already shed 324,000 jobs this year alone.

George Bush's policies of corporate welfare and tax cuts for the wealthy have failed to trickle down to ordinary Americans. While he offers billion-dollar bailouts to Bear Stearns, the President continues to oppose action in Congress that would help those who need it most.

Today, Congress can make a statement that they stand with struggling American families, not George Bush.


06.11.08 | permalink

Oops! McCain again clueless on economy

John McCain said yesterday he believes "the fundamentals of the economy are very strong. Very strong":

Of course, John McCain is free to believe whatever he wants -- but that doesn’t make it true.

Today the AP reported that the unemployment rate jumped to 5.5 percent in May. That's the biggest monthly rise since 1986, and it reflects 49,000 jobs cut by employers. It's clear that despite McCain's bizarre proclamations, the economy really is in trouble:

“For the average American there is not debate that the economy is in a recession,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s “That’s because their net worth is lower, their purchasing power is lower and it is tough to find a job. If you lose a job, it is tough to get back in,” he said.

It shouldn’t really be that surprising that McCain is so out of touch on economic issues. He's said before that “[t]he issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should" and that working families' economic hardships are mostly "psychological."

McCain is also the 8th wealthiest U.S. senator, the owner of 9 homes, and worth more than $13 million. The economy seems to be working quite well for him. For the rest of America, though, it's a different story.

If John McCain can't acknowledge the problems with the economy, how is he going to fix them?

He won't. McCain's economic proposals would provide little relief for the vast majority of Americans. They'd be nothing more than a continuation of George Bush's tax breaks for huge corporations and millionaires, bad trade deals, and failure to provide relief for working families struggling with the housing crisis and skyrocketing health care costs and gas prices.

John McCain can say the economy is doing just fine. The facts, though, say he's dead wrong.

06.06.08 | permalink

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