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Money Never Sleeps

One thing we must realize in the wake of avoiding the major disaster named Romney is that money doesn’t sleep, nor does it take a day off. By that I mean that despite being beaten those who gave major money to the Republican candidates and Super-Pacs are not going to tuck their tails between their legs and go quietly into the night. Nor will they be softening their stances on most issues.

Sadly politics has become a day in, day out struggle. Money will be out there day and night, buying ads, confusing issues, and bringing forth candidates who stand in favor of money and against the majority of Americans. And they will be packaging their message, softening the edges, smoothing the lines so that the upside down world they seek to bring about almost sounds logical.

I wonder how many out there can keep up the pace that money can? For one thing money is working behind the scenes at all levels of government, not just the federal level. Money shows up as lobbyists in state capitals, city halls and especially the halls of congress. We have little presence there. We can only hope that the trust we put in our electeds proves to hold. We can write letters, we can petition, we can call. But that is often not as persuasive as a person to person talk over dinner and wine.

We gave a lot more in money and time than we had planned on. But all the money and time that we gave paled in comparison to one check from a Koch brother or a Walton heir. While we made calls and knocked doors, they wrote a check that translated into TV ads that influenced millions in one fell swoop. We would come home dead tired at the end of a day, the pile of money was replenished and ready to go the next day. It is almost as if we are battling an unremitting, unending, tireless army of robots.

We were one of millions who gave about all we had. I just don’t know how long we can keep it up. We are all getting older. Wages aren’t in any way keeping pace with inflation. Republicans know they can fight a war of attrition for a long, long time. As long as we keep shopping at Walmart, or buy Mars candy or Northern toilet paper or thousands of other products, we give more money to those who will battle forever to keep control of our government and our lives.

But though they have money, we still have people and ideas. And even they control most of the media, for right now the internet is still wide open. Try as they might that has been the one thing thay they have not been able to control.

So take a little rest, but remember that soon enough you will be called upon to stand up against things like privatized prisons, tax codes that will kill city governments, tax codes that favor the rich and on and on. If we want to keep a government for the people we will have to fight daily.

Because the money never sleeps.

And just after I wrote this, I get this email:

We told you the mega-millionaires wouldn’t waste any time.

Last week, a coalition of millionaires and corporate CEOs announced they’re launching a $35 million campaign to strong-arm Congress into cutting Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits under the guise of “fixing the debt.”

We need you to call your members of Congress at 888-659-9401 and tell them to oppose benefit cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and to end the Bush tax cuts for the richest 2%.

While the rich were holding their press conference last week in a posh Washington, D.C., office to announce their multimillion-dollar campaign, tens of thousands of working people like you were outside elected officials’ offices with a simple message: The middle class voted last Tuesday for Congress to create jobs, not to cut Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security benefits or continue to pad the pockets of the richest 2% by lowering their tax rates.

Congress needs to hear this message now. Members are back in D.C. this week, ready to make high-stakes decisions on all of these issues. If we don’t hold our senators’ and representatives’ feet to the fire, some of them may not be with us on one of the most important legislative battles of our lifetime.

Call your members of Congress now at 888-659-9401.

In Solidarity,

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

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