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Obama to propose spending freeze – Glenn Thrush and David Rogers – POLITICO.com

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Imagine that, Obama the deficit hawk. In what appears to be a political move intended to appease deficit-weary politicos and the public alike, Obama is poised to announce a halt in non-security discretionary spending. Cutting spending and pushing through an aggressive legislative agenda simultaneously will prove to be quite the balancing act, but I suspect the employment of creative fiscal gymnastics by Team Obama will make matters easier.

Obama to propose spending freeze – Glenn Thrush and David Rogers – POLITICO.com.

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Written by John Riewe

January 26, 2010 at 1:25 am

David Plouffe Just Sent Me an Email

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Here’s what it said:

Friend —

On Wednesday evening, President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address. It comes at a critical moment.

We must regroup, refocus, and re-engage on the vital work ahead. So let’s watch it together at a State of the Union Watch Party in your neighborhood.

We’ve hit some serious bumps in the road recently in our march toward change. We always knew it would be difficult, but this past week has definitely been a hard one, for all of us.

But this movement didn’t come so far without making it through some challenging times. It’s at moments like these when we need you most. People are hurting. Our country is at a crossroads, and in communities like yours all across America we must all fight for the progress our families and businesses need to thrive.

The President’s resolve has never been stronger to keep fighting for health insurance reform, for lasting job creation, and to rein in the big banks and fight the undue influence of lobbyists. Wednesday’s speech will be a pivotal moment for us all to get on the same page and continue the fight together.

In just two days, OFA supporters like you will be gathering at State of the Union Watch Parties in living rooms and community centers across the country. You can share ideas and experiences — and I’ll be joining on the phone for a special strategy huddle before the speech.

Find and RSVP for a State of the Union Watch Party near you:

http://my.barackobama.com/AttendSOTU

I hope you can join us,

David Plouffe

P.S. — Volunteers have set up hundreds of Watch Parties over the last few days. But if there isn’t one yet near you, just sign up to host one yourself. It’s easy and fun, local OFA organizers will help you with any questions you have, and it’s an incredibly important way to let supporters near you be part of the action:

http://my.barackobama.com/HostSOTU

Written by John Riewe

January 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

MoveOn Hates Joe Lieberman

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Just received an email from “–Nita, Carrie, Wes, Steven, and the rest of the team” at MoveOn.org asking me to help them get the word out to all Connecticutians that Joe has got to go–that “he can’t be reasoned with. Most of all, Joe Lieberman can’t be allowed to stay in the U.S. Senate.”

“It’s outrageous,” they fume. “Joe Lieberman is single-handedly blocking our best chance at strong health care reform in years!”

I think they might have meant “best chance at strong big government power grab in years.” Whatever it is they desperately pine for, the message is consistent from MoveOn—anyone who crosses their path will be attacked mercilessly with a campaign funded by hundreds of thousands of $5 donations from MoveOn’s army of misguided hipsters and do-gooders.

The height of folly would be to misunderestimate MoveOn. According to the warm and fuzzy little email, “In less than 24 hours MoveOn members have donated an astounding $650,000 to send Lieberman home for good. That’s awesome—thank you!”

Can you donate $5 today?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/lieberman.html?bg_id=hpc5&id=18319-9793090-1zmT7Xx&t=3

Written by John Riewe

December 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm