The FISCAL OBSTACLE COURSE is a sign of past failures – or is it?

The so called ‘Fiscal Cliff’ may not be a cliff at all. The Economic Policy Institute calls it The Fiscal Obstacle Course. This morning the National Priorities Project gave a simple definition of what our elected officials face:

“Fiscal cliff” refers to a host of different federal budget cuts and tax increases that are all scheduled to take effect at the start of 2013. These looming budget cuts and tax increases are referred to as a “cliff” because, if they all actually took effect in 2013, it would be a major setback for our weak economy.” This is a puzzle an adult should be able to solve, but would an adult have made this mess in the first place? We can do better than this.

Those folks in DC are our surrogates. We the People elected them to speak our voices to action. The childish histrionics we face today are a function of the failure of the Super Committee (and the Congress that created it) to represent US, and a function of their subversive success in representing their preferred constituency: big money.

The Coffee Party is the stand for Tax Code Reform because today’s code is a perfect expression of that breach of trust.

TAX CODE REFORM BEGINS with our actions as individuals and as Coffee Party – alone and in collaboration with other good government organizations – to let our surrogates in the House, Senate, and White House know what WE expect.

Call them. Fax them. Email them. Send them postcards. Attend town halls. Be informed, engaged, and in communication now and for the rest of your life. Recall those who fail to maintain your trust. Campaign for those you trust the most. Welcome to citizen participation, the magic that makes this republic’s democracy work for us all.

Say NO to Citizens United: VOTE

Congratulations, Citizens United, you have succeeded in making voting a very nasty political issue. Not since the 60s has this country seen such vilification of those who would seek their lawful right to elect their representatives.

Whether financially fueling “legal” harassment like the national campaign True the Vote (aka: self-righteous-know-it-alls-out-to-prove-that creepy-people-cheat-at-the-polls), or kicking in the afterburners for all the ALEC initiated cramp-the-vote efforts in too many states, it is progressively more difficult for the mean spirited side of big money to hide its fangs.

A newly exposed mega-anti-vote cash conduit, anonymous to most, can now be tracked back via the Einhorn Foundation (infamous for the Voter Fraud is a Felony billboards in minority neighborhoods) among others, to the Bradley Foundation (a pot of gold that dwarfs the Koch Bros.), ending forever the question, “Is this a strategy?”

A nouveau-naughty-republican strategy to be more specific. “They” are powerful enough to defy any narrative attempting to give them a name that sticks. Yet we all know too many old school Rs (RINOs, for pity’s sake) mowed down by their party’s change in rhetoric toward exclusivity and actions that denigrate, rather than empower, the citizens of this republic’s democracy. It is as though they are all being swept away by a money-god-power tsunami.

Which is why I was so pleased that, when I voted by mail last week, my ballot included the question, “Shall the City urge elected representatives to support Constitutional Amendment denying artificial entities’ personhood and rejecting money as speech?”

I voted YES. Your days are numbered, Citizens United. Count on it.