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Lets End the War in Afghanistan Now

The truth is Ive been feeling this way for a while. Democracy for America is based in Burlington, Vermont, and I have to say that you cant turn the corner here without hearing a story about a National Guardsman who came home injured, rattled by extreme PTSD, without a job, or worst of all, didnt come home at all. Most of these men and women have been on several tours, away from their families, and they come home different people. We appreciate their tremendous sacrifice and we think its our patriotic duty to say when enough is enough. The mastermind of the terrorist attacks who started this war was eliminated. We have spent millions in treasure and untold amounts in the sacrifice of our brave troops. The Arab world is embracing democracy in ways that we never imagined. A majority of Americans are all in agreement that it is time to bring the troops home. Its over. It is time to come home and focus on what we need to do to support our troops here. They are coming home to hard times. Veterans have a higher unemployment rate than the rest of America and thats embarrassing. Our troops are also suffering with higher rates and more extreme forms of PTSD than ever before. The suicide rate is simply unacceptable. Lets get behind them with more than a yellow ribbon. Lets bring them home and treat them like the heroes they are. Thats why DFA supports the The Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011 which does the following: 1) States that is U.S. policy to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July 1, 2011. 2) Requires the President's administration submit a plan to Congress, by July 31, 2011, for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan 3) Requires the plan include a date certain for completion of redeployment. Senators Gillibrand, Brown, Boxer and Durbin are the original co-sponsors of this bill and have been actively whipping up support. More than 100,000 DFA members have signed on as citizen co-sponsors. The President has promised to wrap this up soon and now we need a real plan to make it happen. Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor and call your Senator and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. Ending the war and bringing our troops home is the only responsible thing to do. Lets end it now.
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Jim Dean Comments on the Presidents Speech in Afghanistan

Its our patriotic duty to say when enough is enough Democracy For America Chair Jim Dean Comments on the Presidents Speech in Afghanistan Jim Dean, Democracy for America Chair: Were glad to see that President Obama is responding to the majority of Americans who are calling to bring our troops home from Afghanistan. His plan to bring home 30,000 soldiers is certainly a step in the right direction. However, our troops and the American people need more than a step, they need a giant leap forward. Most of the service men and women in Afghanistan have been on several tours away from their families. We appreciate their tremendous sacrifice and we think its our patriotic duty to say when enough is enough. Thats why DFA members support the The Safe and Responsible Redeployment of United States Combat Forces from Afghanistan Act of 2011 which does the following: 1) States that is U.S. policy to begin the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan by July 1, 2011. 2) Requires the President's administration submit a plan to Congress, by July 31, 2011, for the phased redeployment of U.S. combat forces from Afghanistan 3) Requires the plan include a date certain for completion of redeployment. Senators Gillibrand, Brown, Boxer and Durbin are the original co-sponsors of this bill and have been actively whipping up support. More than 100,000 DFA members have signed on as citizen co-sponsors. The President has promised to wrap this up soon and now we need a real plan to make it happen. ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Are you with us?

It was great to see all the DFA members a Netroots Nation and now it's time to tell all your friends to jump on the bandwagon and join us for the fight to come. Share this video with everyone you know! Are you with us?
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Rachel Maddow

Our ad exposing Republicans for their vote to end Medicare isn't just making waves with scared Republican leaders and Rep. Charlie Bass. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow called the National Republican Campaign Committee's failure to get the TV ad pulled from the air "The Full Belly Flop!" She pretty much sums it up with some simple advice for the NRCC: "Here's the thing: Just because you don't like how your position sounds when it is described out loud does not mean you get to prevent people from describing it." Check out the full clip of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow covering the controversy right now. We have now raised more than $100,000 to keep this ad on the air. Contribute right now and keep the momentum going.
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Charlie Bass Ad Release

NH woman says, "When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare that was an attack on families just like mine." Watch the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaMsWnM242M Starting today, Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee released a new ad in New Hampshire featuring Jane Brickett, from Lancaster, NH. In the ad, Jane states that she voted for Republican Charlie Bass five times, but she believes he has changed since her last vote for him. "When Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on families just like mine," Brickett says. The ad will begin running today and the organizations will ask members to give contributions to keep the ads on the air in the coming weeks. DFA and PCCC previously raised over one million dollars to fund ads in Wisconsin to fight back against the Republican war on working families. "Medicare is a lifeline for so many people in New Hampshire, and Charlie Bass wants to cut that lifeline to make news in Washington. New Hampshire deserves better than Charlie Bass." -- Charles Chamberlain, Political Director, Democracy for America Relevant details: - The opening ad buy amount is $25,000 - DFA has 14,860 members in NH, and PCCC has 4,000 members AD TRANSCRIPT: Jane Brickett, Lancaster NH As a social worker here in the North Country, Ive spent my life helping people with disabilities. Now, I have a disability. If I didnt have Medicare, doctors bills could wipe me out and burden my 5 kids. When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on New Hampshire families like mine. My father worked with Charlie and respected him. I voted for him 5 times. But Charlie Bass has changed. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. CITATIONS: Jane Brickett, Lancaster NH As a social worker here in the North Country, Ive spent my life helping people with disabilities. Jane worked as Rehabilitation Counselor/Regional Office Supervisor for the NH Division of Vocational Rehabilitation from 1986 to 1994, as Service Coordinator for Common Ground, an organization that services those with developmental disabilities, from 1994 to 2002, and as Family Support Coordinator for Partners In Health/Ammonoosuc Community Health Services from 2002 to 2007. Now, I have a disability. She was diagnosed in 2006 with fibromyalgia, a chronic rheumatic condition characterized by inflammation of the muscles around the joints and widespread musculoskeletal pain and stiffness. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older.http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp If I didnt have Medicare, doctors bills could wipe me out and burden my 5 kids. According to a study published by the American College of Rheumatology in 1997, Compared with patients with other rheumatic disorders, those with fibromyalgia were more likely to have lifetime surgical interventions, including back or neck surgery, appendectomy, carpal tunnel surgery, gynecologic surgery, abdominal surgery, and tonsillectomy, and were more likely than other rheumatic disease patients to report comorbid or associated conditions. This number has only increased since the time of this study, with the rising costs of prescription medications.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.1780400904/abstract When Congressman Charlie Bass voted to end Medicare, that was an attack on New Hampshire families like mine. On May 16, 2011, Paul Krugman (Nobel winner for economics) wrote in the New York Times, I know that serious people are supposed to be shocked, shocked at the Democrats calling the Ryan plan a plan to dismantle Medicare but thats just what it is. If you replace a system that actually pays seniors medical bills with an entirely different system, one that gives seniors vouchers that wont be enough to buy adequate insurance, youve ended Medicare. Calling the new program Medicare doesnt change that fact.http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/16/whats-in-a-name-4/ On May 26, 2011, Paul Krugman added in the New York Times, And, by the way, the claim that the plan would keep Medicare as we know it intact for Americans currently 55 or older is highly dubious.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/27/opinion/27krugman.html?_r=2 On May 19, 2011, national TalkingPointsMemo reporter Brian Beutler, reported, House Republicans, facing tough questions in their districts for voting to phase out Medicare and replace it with a subsidized private insurance system, are fond of pointing out that the plan they support wouldn't touch benefits for existing beneficiaries, or for people who will reach eligibility within 10 years. There are a number of problems with that plan, but top Democrats are finally pointing out the biggest one: it's simply not true.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php On May 19, 2011, Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described Medicare cuts that would take affect immediately under the Paul Ryan plan, Seniors now qualify for screenings -- cancer screenings, mammograms, a variety of preventive care without copays out of pocket. That would disappear. A lot of new anti-fraud rules going after people who would steal out of the Medicare trust fund. All of that would go away this year. She added that closing the donut hole a measure that saves seniors thousands in drug costs would go away under the Ryan plan.http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/05/dems-to-gop-stop-lying-to-seniors-that-republican-budget-wont-impact-current-medicare-beneficiaries.php My father worked with Charlie and respected him. I voted for him 5 times. But Charlie Bass has changed. Janes father, Ralph Brickett, worked for the state government beginning in 1952. He served as a budget consultant on the staffs of Govs. Sununu (83-89), Gregg (89-93), Merrill (93-97), Shaheen (97-03) and Benson (03-05) for their entire terms. He also worked in various other capacities in state government, including as Commissioner of Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, and in several positions in the state Controllers Office. Charlie Bass and Mr. Brickett worked together when Mr. Brickett presented his budget analysis to the state legislature, in which Bass served from 1982 to 1992, while Mr. Brickett worked with Govs. Sununu and Gregg. Paid for by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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