American Dream Movement Generates Over 400 Jobs Protests Across the Country in August

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 12:00 pm

Here you see the dog that didn’t bark on cable news. It’s a compilation of some of the 400 jobs protests from around the country in August. Thousands of people participated in the actions. If 2009 was any indication, it should have been an enormous story. As it is, you had to search for any traditional media coverage of the story.


Invisible Town Hall Revolution Gets Bigger and Bigger

By: Tuesday August 23, 2011 9:15 am

The town hall revolution is occurring on a very narrow playing field. Even where Republicans are holding town halls, they are not being held in the most populated areas of the district, in some cases. And we know about the “pay-per-view” town hall, where constituents have to pay $15 to get in.

That includes Democrats, by the way, who are ignoring town halls at a faster rate than Republicans.

Invisible Town Hall Revolution Continues to Roll, With Real Impact on GOP

By: Saturday August 20, 2011 10:59 am

We’re seeing more evidence today of the “Invisible Town Hall Revolution,” the pushback by ordinary Americans for progressive values like tax fairness, good jobs now and the social safety net. Freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren was cornered at one of his town halls by constituents who demanded taxes on the wealthy.

Obama Lets Slip Plans for Chained CPI

By: Friday August 19, 2011 1:00 pm

What the President isn’t telling people is that he offered an alteration to that automatic COLA process, by going to chained CPI, that would result in a slower increase in benefits, and a de facto cut. So at the same time the President is explaining that the COLA is not in his control, he is hiding the fact that he wants to change the metric upon which it is based. In fact, he slipped and actually did mention chained CPI, in a roundabout way, at a second town hall in Alpha, Illinois. (cont.)

The Emergence of the $15 Town Hall Meeting

By: Tuesday August 16, 2011 10:30 am

I’ve been writing about the invisible town hall revolution, where dozens of conservative members of Congress have been bombarded by ordinary citizens delivering progressive messages. This actually started after the passage of the Paul Ryan budget in the spring, and some members have figured out methods to deal with it. Some do only tele-town halls. Some throw out “disruptive” constituents asking the wrong questions. Some screen the questions. Some hold no town halls altogether. Some stack town halls with loyal constituents. And now, Paul Ryan and friends have hit on a new approach – charge money for the town hall meeting.

Ordinary Americans Continue to Deliver Progressive Messages at Republican Town Hall Meetings

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 7:53 am

Two years ago, a concerted effort by a corporate-funded Tea Party movement to get conservatives out to town hall meetings changed the dynamic in Washington on health care reform and paved the way for the eventual House GOP takeover in the 2010 elections. In two separate work periods this year, ordinary citizens, with absolutely no help or encouragement from an organized progressive movement, have made their voices heard at town hall meetings, in particular by harassing conservative lawmakers about their plans to end Medicare and put forward a balanced budget amendment, as well as their opposition to tax fairness. If this organic movement were happening on the right, it would be front-page news in every national newspaper in the country. We know because the distinctly non-organic movement in 2009 was front-page news.

In order to find out about this movement, you have to go to local news sites.

Nationwide, Constituents Question Medicare-Destroying GOP Budget Proposal

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 6:16 am

Individual constituents, without the backing of a well-funded movement organization or cable network, continue to harass Republican House members who voted for the Paul Ryan budget at town hall meetings.

Obama Reaffirms Desire to Lift Social Security Payroll Cap

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 1:15 pm

So, we have the President making bipartisan noises about Social Security reforms, but on the specifics, he only mentions lifting the payroll tax cap, and he rejects completely that it should become part of the budget debate since it’s not a driver of deficits.

Wisconsin Legislators Subject to Raucous Town Halls

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 11:45 am

Protesters converged on a town hall in Wauwatosa for Leah Vukmir, a Republican state Senator, leading to US Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), who happened to be at the meeting, adjourning it as if it were a committee hearing, which it, um, wasn’t.

President Waylaid by “Deeply Disappointed” Supporters

By: Monday September 20, 2010 2:15 pm

“I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration. … I’m deeply disappointed where we are right now. I’m waiting, sir. I’m waiting. I don’t feel it yet. … Is this my new reality?”

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