Get Mad About This!

Folks,

Let’s keep a copy of THIS in our pockets for quick reference when speaking with our … ‘friends’ (Tea Party) on the other side.’ Sorry, I can’t take credit for it.

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.

You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden. You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.

You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…Oh, Hell No!!

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Why are Sonny & Zell Hiding???

I keep waiting for that great photo-op with Sonny Perdue, Zell Miller, Nathan Deal, Johnny Isakson, Casey Cagle, et al.  When is that great kumbaya moment going to happen?  Are they afraid? Of course they are! Why do Georgia Republicans have to import out-of-state endorsers?  It makes sense to me!  Sonny Perdue was there for Karen Handel.  Why not for Johnny, Nathan and Casey?  I guess because Sonny knows what all Democrats have known–they are as crooked as two left shoes! And, they continue to lie to us about creating jobs and fixing Georgia’s public education system.

Zell Miller, the erstwhile Democrat was all over 2008 Republican candidates.  Where is he now?  Wouldn’t that give the Georgia Republican candidates the final push they need to win this election?  Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin have come to Georgia for their statewide candidates.  Isn’t it strange there has been no camaraderie between the Georgia Republican candidates?  Handel won’t stand with them; Zell won’t stand with them; and our lame duck Governor Sonny Perdue won’t stand, sit or get pictured with any of the candidates with the (R) next to their name.

Well, this gives me pause.  Why would Georgia voters cast their vote for candidates–when their own homegrown Republican elected officials won’t even endorse or take a picture with them?

Georgia Democrats are not confused!  We’ve got the best and most diverse ballot of candidates who will work for all of our residents not just the top three percent!  Don’t waste your time in the R column (That’s R for Reverse)–Vote Democratic up and down the ballot! Remember D is for Drive Forward!

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In Search of Dems Cajones!

Democrats have lost their voice under the thunderous roar of the Republican Party.  The  Obama successes have been buried under lies, rhetoric and hypocrisy. Democratic Leadership failed to nurture the base and provide a concise message of hope, why Dems and Independents  should continue to support the administration and what the American people look forward to in the next two years.
Similarly in Georgia.   Why aren’t Georgia Democrats ahead in the polls?   Don’t tell me this is a Red State.   I have been using that excuse–I can’t anymore because that’s what it is–an excuse!
Georgia Democrats have had more negative Republican ammunition than any other election season.   Corruption, liars, cheating, and so many other accusations there are still more that haven’t come out.  Granted, folks are tired of hearing the negative ads and want to know what the candidate will do if elected.   However, shouldn’t voters know everything there is to know before they cast their vote?   Maybe, we just want to stay friends or afraid of the dirt that will be thrown back.   That’s why I ask where are the Democrats Cajones?

National Democrats have come out in full force this last month to Get The Vote Out? Democrats can’t afford to lose the majority in the U.S. Senate or Congress.  Our Democratic candidates are fighting for us.  Mike Thurmond will fight for us!   Won’t we get up and get some folks to the polls?   Roy Barnes will fight for us! Won’t you make some phone calls? Carol Porter, Georganna Sinkfield and Mary Squires will fight for us! Won’t you email blast all of your women’s organizations for them?   Darryl Hicks  and J.B. Powell will fight for us! Won’t you knock on your neighbor’s doors to ask them to vote jobs?   Keith Moffett will fight for us and fight those utility companies! Congressmen David Scott,  John Lewis, Sanford Bishop, John Barrow and Jim Marshall are fighting in Washington to support our POTUS!  Won’t you fight for them?  Won’t you  contribute  $5.00, $10.00, $25.00 $50.00 or $100 bucks to any of the Democratic candidates’ campaigns?
I know the Democrats have Cajones–I just want to know if you still have yours???  Let’s Go!

Let’s not say
“Dems  did their  hurrying on the wrong end of the line.”

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Arrogance of Authority

DEA officer stops at a farm in Georgia, and talks with an old farmer. He tells the farmer, “I need to inspect your farm for illegally grown drugs.” The farmer says, “Okay , but don’t go in that field over there,” as he points out the location.

The DEA officer verbally explodes saying, ” Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me.”  Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removes his badge and proudly displays it to the farmer.  “See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish….On any land. No questions asked or answers given.  Have I made myself clear? Do you understand? ”

The farmer nods politely, apologizes, and goes about his chores.

A short time later, the old farmer hears loud screams and sees the DEA officer running for his life chased by the farmer’s big Santa Gertrudis bull……

With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer, and it seems likely that he’ll get gored before he reaches safety.  The officer is clearly terrified. The farmer throws down his tools, runs to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs…..

“ Your badge. Show him your BADGE !”

Have you voted yet?? Let’s show the Republican “Arrogance of Authority” we can win this election—and we won’t accept their arrogance of corruption, greed and unethical behavior!

Vote today for the candidates who will provide the leadership Georgia and this country need. From U.S. Senate candidate Mike Thurmond, Gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes and Lt. Governor Carol Porter to Mary Squires for Insurance Commissioner, Darryl Hicks for Labor Commissioner and Keith Moffett for Public Service Commissioner we need voters to understand what’s at stake.  Georgia must not allow another four years of corruption, greed and unethical behavior to continue in our state.  We must do this for ourselves, our children and our children’s children. Vote Today!


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Just Because You Don’t Have Opposition..

Just because you don’t have any opposition…doesn’t mean you’re not obligated to get out the vote. All of our elected officials including City Council, County Commissioners, Mayors, State Representatives, State Senators, Tax Commissioners, etc. have a responsibility in getting out the vote.  Georgia Democratic elected officials running for local, state and federal elected positions don’t have the luxury of having a huge war chest.

The candidates I know don’t have the financial resources to effectively provide a wide-spread GOTV effort.  However, we do have some elected officials sitting on campaign contributions with no opposition. Please use the resources on Getting The Vote Out.  Georgia Democrats can’t afford to sit out this election.  State legislators are facing another legislative session with the Republicans controlling the house and senate legislatures.  However, we can get a Democratic Governor Roy Barnes elected if everyone pulls their own local districts and campaign like it was your own election at stake.

We can get all the embattled Congressional members reelected if we help in getting the vote out.  Congressmen Jim Marshall  and Sanford Bishop are facing tough Republican challengers and the Tea Party folks are spending thousands toward their Republican GOTV efforts.  Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond has won three statewide races; more than any other candidate on the ballot Democrat or Republican.  However, Thurmond is fighting against a huge monetary disadvantage in his U.S. Senate opponent’s war chest. He can win with your help.  Carol Porter, Georganna Sinkfield, Darryl Hicks, J.B. Powell, Joe Martin, and our Public Service Commission candidate, Keith Moffett all need their local elected officials to help get the vote out.

Georgia Democratic elected officials stop waiting for the call. These candidates have no time to call you personally to ask for your help.  If it’s your ego—get over yourself.  If these folks didn’t help you get elected so what—get over yourself. Last week’s voter turnout in the first early voting week was dismal for Democrats.  Check out your own county’s voter turnout. The first week was so very disappointing.  Clayton County the third largest Democratic registered voters in Georgia had only 285 voters exercising their right to vote out of more than 145,000 registered.  Cobb voters turned out 4200 strong (3300 were absentee ballots).   Georgia Democratic elected officials whether you run in a non-partisan or partisan election we need you now.  We need you to tell your constituents to get out and vote; tell them about the referendums on the ballot (most voters don’t know anything about the amendments and they desperately need direction); and tell them to start at the top and go all the way down the ballot.

We won’t win this election on T.V.  We will win in the streets, door to door, phone banking and providing rides to the polls. We will win by educating our voters on our candidates and how critical this year’s election is for Georgia.  If we don’t get our voters out during this gift of early voting—the political pundits may call this election BEFORE ELECTION DAY!

I know there are some Georgia Democratic elected officials that are working hard to get their peers elected.  However, I will tell you Republicans are working harder.  They are on Twitter, Facebook and all the other social media internet sites.  They are pushing their agenda, issues and bashing everything that makes sense.  They’ve taken our issues including education and jobs and making folks think they have the solutions to create jobs and help our public education system.  They’re Lying!!!

Georgia Democrats can win and will win with everyone working together.  Come out of the woodwork Georgia Democratic officials.  Come out and save your state!!  Let’s Go!

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Sorry–No Deal! Do Not Pass Go!

I will not give a pass to Nathan Deal.  Why should anyone give him a pass for bad decisions, hints of corruption and his personal finances in ruin.  First, let me be honest.  I have filed bankruptcy and paid everything back to the tune of $30,000 (mostly medical bills).  I  have been late on my bills and still struggling to keep afloat.

However, I AM NOT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF THIS STATE–NATHAN DEAL IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR! I will not give him a pass for his present financial standing.  Deal is in a financial quagmire and we should not give him a pass because we feel sorry for him.

The political pundits are predicting a Republican sweep this November.  Have we all gone stark raving mad???  Georgia needs a governor that will put working class families first and has demonstrated fiscal responsibility.  We don’t need a governor that will be fighting ethics violations, corruption charges and trying to pay off millions of dollars in debt!  That is a trilogy of trouble if you ask me.

There is no doubt Roy Barnes has made a lot of money over the years.  However, should he apologize for making money in his profession? No.  Nathan Deal and his Republican cronies have made a mint on the backs of taxpayers, lobbyists and special interests.  They aren’t apologizing for being millionaires.

Georgia can do better this election season.  Mike Thurmond, Carol Porter, Darryl Hicks and the other statewide candidates need our support and our vote. Let’s start voting on September 20, 2010 during early voting.  Let’s show them we can do better and we will.

We really have no choice!

TUNE IN Tomorrow FRIDAY, 9/17/10 AT 11:00 a.m. for my podcast at Public Eye 4u Community Talk Show

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True or False???

Is it true or false? Why are we accepting what politicians tell us?   We know they have been lying to us for years.  I say this because voters now have an opportunity to get the truth for themselves.  Voters should no longer take a candidate or an elected official’s word at face value.  The wireless age has completely transformed how we obtain information.  No longer do we have to rely on the media to provide slanted and biased information.

Become a fact checker.  Those are the folks that check out what you say. Fact checkers conduct the research and provide the supporting documentation on whether or not you are lying, slightly lying, providing a scintilla of truth or the whole truth, nothing but the truth.

Recently, Mike Thurmond, outgoing labor commissioner and now Democratic nominee for Georgia U.S. Senate; stated he was responsible for a tax cut to lower class families in Georgia. Thurmond’s campaign website touts the legislation at http://www.mikethurmondforussenate.com. The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a fact checker called PolitiFactPolitiFact did the research and found Michael Thurmond did in fact “author this major legislation that has provided more than $250 million in tax relief to Georgia’s senior citizens and working families.”   They also found out it wasn’t $250 million in tax relief but in fact actually $300 million dollars over a span of 13 years for low-income families, especially senior citizens.  This past legislative session the Republicans repealed the tax cut for low income families stating it was unnecessary. Guess they needed more money for lame duck Governor Perdue’s fishing museum.

There’s no reason why you can’t research what candidates tell you. Contact the candidate’s campaign and ask them to provide the supporting information to substantiate their statements as truth.  Get on the Internet and check out past legislation by going to www.georgia.gov for state legislation and http://www.gpoaccess.gov/bills/index.html for federal legislation our Members of Congress support, sponsor and vote upon each legislative session.  Do the research yourself.  There are too many ways to obtain the information.   Why not make an informed decision about who you are supporting this election.

Be your own fact checker. Finding things out after someone has won or lost defeats all of us.  Whatever they say—check it out!  You’ll feel better knowing the truth!

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Shoot Me Now—I Was Wrong!

Sometimes you have to take an assessment of everything you’re doing.  If you point the finger at someone—three fingers are certainly pointing back at yourself.  That’s why I am confessing to you right now.  I have friends and family members that have not been voting! What a shock to my system.  Here I have been advocating the importance of voting to everyone else and didn’t check right in my own backyard.  Now, let me first say—it’s not my daughter!

Recently, one of my friends moved to Georgia from out-of-state. While playing cards with my friend and others I brought up the subject of voting.  I said to him, I have got to get you registered to vote here in Georgia.  Well, little did I know everyone around that card table looked a little guilty. It seems that no one sitting at that table had voted in the last two years because they had recently moved here as well and had not bothered to register to vote.  I even learned that one family member didn’t vote in the recent primary because he said, “I had to go to work.”  I was flabbergasted!  I realized I had not taken the necessary steps to ensure my friends and family had all the tools and resources to exercise their right to vote.  I decided to become my “Family & Friends Voting Captain.” I have gotten all of them voter registration applications.  They have filled them out and I am now sending them in to the Board of Elections.  I also had them fill out absentee ballot applications which I will send in a couple of days before early voting begins on September 20, 2010 (45 days before November 2, 2010) I will give each of them a snapshot on all the Democratic candidates.  I will furnish all of them with sample ballots that I obtained from their respective County Board of Elections website. Than, I will make sure they have all received their ballots.

Does all that sound simple?  Yeah, of course it does!  But, now I am asking all of you what you will do to ensure every one of your family and friends are voting?

I was wrong in assuming the folks I knew were voting. I won’t assume anymore–nor, should you! Will you become a Family & Friends Voting Captain? Let me know.  Our children deserve a brighter future with elected officials committed to their constituents and not the special interest groups.  You can do this! Let’s go!

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“I Like Mike” Thurmond Gaining Ground

U.S. Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson leads Democratic challenger, Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond, by 55-41 percent in a new Rasmussen poll.

In May of this year, Isakson led Thurmond 57% to 30%. That’s an 11 point increase over May’s numbers for Mike Thurmond. Isakson is vying for his second term in the U.S. Senate.  Earlier this year, Isakson faced no serious opposition until Thurmond, Georgia’s labor commissioner, entered the race.

Georgia’s Democrats will look to Thurmond, an African-American, to energize the state’s sizable black vote.  Although Georgia usually trends Republican, in 2008 Democrats pushed a monumental turnout and garnered 47% of the vote.  Thurmond and other statewide Democrats will need to work together to win their statewide elections.

Rasmussen, a Republican polling firm, conducted the survey of 500 likely voters on Aug. 11. There is a 4.5 percent margin of error.

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Georgia Statewide Democratic Candidates Need Help!

On the eve of the Georgia statewide Democratic convention, I am reminded of erstwhile winning campaigns. Where grassroots efforts were the norm not the exception. Where each Democratic campaign nominee had a stake in their peer’s campaign winning their election. This year’s Georgia Democratic Convention is being held at University of Georgia’s Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.

I am wondering if an appeal will be made to the convention attendees–asking attendees to volunteer on at least one statewide campaign is some capacity. This would be a perfect opportunity to engage the zealous Democratic delegates and activists to roll up their sleeves and get to work. The Georgia State Democratic Party could spearhead the effort. Have a sign up table for the various campaigns.

Georgia Democrats can’t afford to waste anytime in engaging everyone to help get Democratic nominees get elected. Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond is on the top of the ticket as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The top of the ticket usually helps or hurts the down ballot candidates. This includes gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes. From the top of the ticket to the very last name we must ensure our statewide candidates are given a fair shot in getting elected.

Let’s reverse back to 2006. That’s when Mark Taylor was the Democratic nominee for Governor.   Lt. Governor Taylor was at the top of the ticket and there was no U.S. Senate candidate.  There was a disconnect.  Every statewide candidate did their own thing.  Guess what?  Georgia Democrats lost their shirts!  The only statewide positions we were able to retain was the Attorney General (Thurbert Baker), Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin and Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond.  We even lost Public Service Commissioner David Burgess (leaving no Democrat on the Public Service Commission).  Those are the folks that regulate the utilities.

There will be enough folks attending to assist each and every campaign.

Will we learn from the past?

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