Today’s the day we visit Mike Coffman and Congressman Bennet to deliver our very pointed holiday message: the 98% of Colorado want jobs, not cuts! We’re delivering our petitions to let our representatives know in this lame-duck session they need to keep workers, students, retirees, and the middle class in the forefront of their minds. That means passing the middle class tax cuts and protexting Medicare, Medicaid, and education programs. Make sure to give Coffman a call if you agree: Lone Tree: (720) 283-9772; Washington, DC (202)-225-7882.
Here’s what Colorado Fair Share activist Jeanne May had to say on the subject in her op-ed in Sunday’s Denver Post:
“If both congressmen truly respect their duty to represent the interests of their constituents, I urge them to heed the Election Day message: Vote not only to extend the tax cuts for middle-class people immediately but also to increase the taxes for the richest 2 percent in these final weeks of 2012.
Reps. Coffman and Tipton may not realize it, but going into this holiday season, millions of us are still reeling financially — from lost homes, lost jobs or a seriously impaired sense of economic security.
As a real estate agent, I have had a unique view of the recent recession sparked by the housing bubble. My clients and I are just now starting to feel like we’ve hit bottom and, slowly, are on the way up financially. And it’s those of us on Main Street, not Wall Street, who want political leaders to avoid decisions that will jeopardize our country’s fragile economic recovery.
Colorado would lose out if the middle-class tax cuts come to an end. Those who make less than $250,000 would have to pay an additional $2,000 more a year in taxes. That’s $2,000 less a year in most folks’ pockets to spend on food, services and goods. That’s a real bite into my budget. So we will spend even less and the recession will drag on.”
So stand with Jeanne May today and deliver a strong message to Coffman, Bennet, and all of our reps: We want jobs, not cuts! Here’s Coffman’s numbers again: Lone Tree: (720) 283-9772; Washington, DC (202)-225-7882.
Even our resident dog activist Karma has some thoughts on the subject:
We’ve told you before why we like to stay in touch with Congressman Mike Coffman – he works for us and we feel it’s his duty to respond to and represent his constituents. So as we enter into the holiday season, we’re making a list for the Congressman, and we expect him to check it twice.
Up first, it’s time to give the Congressman a call. Unlike calls to the North Pole, there’s no long distance fee — so give Coffman a ring at (720) 283-9772 or at his DC office at (202)-225-7882 to remind him about what we voted for in November.
Here’s the message you can deliver, with bells on: We want him to vote to extend the middle class tax cuts, make the richest 2% pay their fair share, and protect hospital and nursing home care, education and other vital services from cuts.
Remind him that is voting in favor of the middle class tax cuts that will benefit 98% of Americans and 97% of small businesses making $250,000 or less. It will ensure that the average middle class family of four doesn’t pay an extra $2,200 more in taxes next year. How’s that for holiday cheer?
Next up on the list: we’re bringing this message directly to Coffman on December 10 when we deliver a jobs not cuts petition to him. Make sure you sign and let him know you’ve seen the list, checked it twice and you have clear ideas about what’s naughty (cuts) and what’s nice (jobs).
Because if we join our voices together to tell Coffman and all of our representatives, something quite lovely and un-Grinchlike might happen:
And then a sound rose, from across the land
That’s a noise, I simply must hear,” grinned the Republicans.
They put their hands to their ears
And they did hear a sound rising over the snow.
It started in low. Then it started to grow…
“Jobs Not Cuts,” the Middle Class Yelled!
That also means it’s up to Congress to also ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share. “Representative Coffman should not hold out for tax cuts for the richest among us,” said Aurora real estate agent Jeanne May, an Aurora real estate agent and member of Colorado Fair Share. ” He needs vote for middle class tax cuts for people like me, not for tax breaks for millionaires who don’t need them.”
According to the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors, 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year and the 97 percent of small businesses that earn less than $250,000 a year would see their taxes increase if the middle class tax cuts aren’t extended. The average middle-class family of four would be hit by an average tax increase of $2,200.
“If Congress stands in the way of extending tax cuts for the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000, small businesses like mine are the ones who get hurt,” said Glen Goodson, owner of A1 Boxing Gym in Aurora. “A ‘my way or the highway’ agenda to protect the richest from paying a dollar more in taxes will force a tax hike on the middle class and shift more of the burden to working families and business owners like me.”
Members of Colorado Fair Share will gather again on December 10 to deliver a petition to Congressman Coffman reminding him that voters sent a clear message this November: they want jobs, not cuts. That means investing in job creation, extending the middle class tax cuts and protecting vital programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and education. Stay tuned.
We had a big win last Tuesday — President Barack Obama was re-elected president and it was the voters of Colorado who helped push him over the top. He won Arapahoe County by about 20,000 votes — your votes.
Here’s another great number: from our base in Aurora, the fired-up group of volunteers we were working with knocked on 14,500 doors in the last four days before the election.
So we need to take that incredible energy and channel it into the next phase of this campaign: continuing to fight for jobs not cuts; protecting Medicare and other vital services, and ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes.
Know how we can do that? By rallying together to remind our representative to they need to support policies that lift the middle class and working families of Aurora.
Why do we need you to keep fighting with us? Because it’s our voices that will keep reminding politicians that they represent us, not corporations or simply the wealthiest 2%.
We weren’t able to get Joe Miklosi elected to Congress, so that means we need to keep reminding Mike Coffman who his constituents are: the working people, the seniors, the students, and the middle class of Aurora.
Today we’re delivering a message to all our Colorado representatives: it’s time to heed the will of the voters by supporting jobs, not cuts in the upcoming “lame duck” Congress. We’re rallying at noon outside Senator Michael Bennet’s office downtown Denver, followed by a second rally outside of Mike Coffman’s office at 2 p.m.
On Election Day, 99% voters played a key role in persuading other Coloradans to reject the “You’re On Your Own” Republican philosophy that guts vitals services and provides tax breaks to the wealthy — and to instead vote to rebuild the middle class, invest in good jobs and protect vital services like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Congress faces serious choices before the end of the year. Will it make disastrous cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, childcare, special education and other vital public services that our communities rely on or will it take an approach that puts job creation first?
We’ve got the answer: job creation first!
Are we going to put Joe Miklosi over the top tomorrow? That’s what Bill Clinton asked us to do, and that’s what we’ve been working on non-stop to do all year.
So if you haven’t, make sure you vote!
We need to make sure Joe wins, because the alternative, Mike Coffman, is not the candidate for us, the 99%. His votes say it, and his words say it too. He voted for all the wrong things for Aurora – tax cuts for the rich, the Ryan budget, turning Medicare into a voucher system. He refused to meet constituents, preferring instead to malign them in the press because they expect him to answer their questions.
And Miklosi? He’s got ideas, he’s got answers. He wants to protect Medicare, while adding jobs to the area through innovative means. He, to quote the Aurora Journal Sentinel “offers a great deal of experience, a great capacity for innovation, and the best choice to have our mature voices and wishes carried loud and clear to Washington for the next two years.”
Tomorrow night we’ll know which candidate the voters picked. We hope it’s Miklosi. Whoever it is, we’re still going to keep fighting for the same things that got us into this race: good jobs, a system where the rich pay their fair share, vital services like Medicare, and a system where people have a voice, not corporations.
Why will we continue? Because we firmly believe that’s the platform that every member of Congress, regardless of party, should be fighting for.
It will start on November 8, when 99% voters and activists will deliver large posters of letters and pledge to support “Jobs Not Cuts” to the offices of Congressman Mike Coffman and Senator Michael Bennet. As we said, our work has just begun.
Mike Coffman and Joe Miklosi sat down for their final debate today, and it remains clear why Miklosi is the best person to represent our district.
Miklosi has solid plans about how to create jobs in the district. He wants to make this area the clean, renewable energy capital of the country, while also making sure that companies who outsource jobs don’t receive tax breaks.
He will protect Medicare and fight for seniors – unlike incumbent Mike Coffman, who voted to turn it into a voucher program, a move that would raise out-of-pocket costs to seniors by $6,400 per year.
He will end tax breaks to the richest one percent of Americans, making sure that money goes back into programs that matter for all of us here in Aurora – jobs, education, Medicare, and Medicaid. Mike Coffman? Well, he voted for those tax cuts in the first place. And during the debate today, Coffman said he wanted “to see those breaks continued.”
Miklosi has the endorsement of The Aurora Sentinel, The League of Conservation Voters, the Fraternal Order of the Police, and as of yesterday, former President Bill Clinton. He also has the endorsement of our hardworking activists who have gone have made the voices of the 99% of Colorado heard at debates, actions, community forums — even the Republican National Convention.
So with one week left, it’s time to make your endorsement. Get out and vote!
In case you haven’t seen it, our video where we attempted to see if Mike Coffman would follow through on his word to answer constituent’s questions personally was featured in the Denver Post yesterday.
In case you’re wondering, we’re still waiting to hear from the Congressman:
In Colorado, people are already going to the polls and mailing in their ballots. One by one, they’re making their choice in what is one of the most important and closely-contested elections of the season.
In one corner you have Joe Miklosi, who has offered strong plans about how he will protect Medicare, create jobs in our districts, and ensure that the wealthy pay their fair share.
In the other, you have Mike Coffman. We’ve mentioned him once or twice on these pages – he’s the guy who wants to create an economy that works for the rich and for corporations, but not for the rest of us.
And we don’t need two more years of the Coffman plan. We need Miklosi, who will look out for us – the workers, students, retirees, mothers, fathers, and children of Aurora.
Many of those people have joined our campaign to get out the vote for Miklosi. Now it’s your turn.
Need convincing? Listen local activists Gloria, Wanda, Lloyd and Jeanne talk about their experiences getting out the vote:
Eisenhower was right when he said the future of this democracy is in the hands of the American voter. Right now, it’s all hands on deck. Sign up here and soon you’ll be able to share your story of how you helped change the course of Colorado. One door at a time, we can win this.
Mike Coffman sat down with Joe Miklosi, his challenger in the Congressional race in District 6, for a debate that was broadcast last night. In a rapid 20 minutes they covered their plans for Medicare, taxes, and jobs.
Coffman resorted to stale talking points and disproven claims. He claimed to support seniors, though he voted to turn Medicare into a voucher program. He offered no new ideas on how to create jobs in Colorado, meaning we’re just left to look at his votes – in favor of outsourcing and for tax cuts for the rich.
Miklosi, who vowed to protect Medicare and fight for the 99%, had a good read on Coffman. “Mike Coffman did vote to end Medicare as we know it, and to make our seniors pay $6,400 annually, and basically tell them they’re alone. [He] takes that savings and give[s] to to big oil, companies that ship job oversees, and to millionaires in the form of tax cuts. That is not the best way to lead.”
Coffman’s way of leading is to resort to the false and tired lines, like the claim that Obama wants to cut $716 billion from Medicare. In our last post, we showed that was inaccurate. Miklosi parried the claim very well indeed:
“There is no $716 billion in cuts like my friends on are right are trying to pretend. You’re the one that actually wants to make the cuts,” he said, turning to Coffman.
I’m not cutting benefits, you are,” he continued. “And you’re lying to the American public to say that you’re not.”
Luckily, the people of Colorado can have a say – ballots are arriving now.