A Dollar a Day . . . Does What Exactly?

Okay, I’ve just received the strangest email from the BO squad. Long ago I signed up for updates and whatever else they send out via email from both the Obama and McCain camps and am still getting these (from BO, not McCain). It will surprise no one that I’ve contributed nothing other than eye rolling, utter disbelief, and a smidge of contempt to the BO campaign. And this email elicited a great deal of all of these.
We all know BO is trying to push through some bastardized version of socialized medicine (it’s not really socialized medicine, but instead is forced health insurance on all Americans, whether they can afford it or not–if they cannot afford it, they will be forced to pay a fine to the government for not being insured. This only applies, of course, to citizens and legal aliens who actually pay taxes and can therefore be tracked.). Anyway, back to this bizarre email (of course, I’ll paste it below, it’s well worth the read if you’re bored and wish to be amused, possibly bemused.), so apparently, they are soliciting Americans to pay a dollar a day until the health reform bill is passed. This money will apparently be used to “show the insurance companies and their allies in Congress that their delay tactics will only make our movement stronger.” Huh? How’s that work?

They want a million Americans to pay a dollar a day (to be charged conveniently each month to your credit card) to make a point? Say what? Why not um, here’s a thought, let us VOTE on this friggin bill ourselves? Granted, that’s not how our system works, but I’m pretty sure that paying a dollar a day isn’t how bills become law. Or maybe I missed that episode of Schoolhouse Rock.

What will this money be used for? To make the aforementioned point? To help Americans without health insurance? (the latter answer is “no,” of course.) What a rip off. I have a better plan, you all send me a dollar a day, and I’ll . . . oh, I don’t know, spend it freely without telling you what I’m buying. I would likely post photos of all my new shoes, but that’s more than you’ll get from BO, you can bet your bottom dollar.


From: “Mitch Stewart, BarackObama.com” To: [cut] Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 12:21:31 PMSubject: Something unusual

Friend –You’ve probably seen the headlines: Opponents of change are doing everything they can to delay health insurance reform. As a Republican strategy memo concluded, “If we slow this sausage-making process down, we can defeat it.”

They’re betting that as time goes by, our energy will flag, our movement will weaken, and they’ll ultimately be able to block any change.But they just don’t get it — thanks to the regular Americans who are reaching out in neighborhoods nationwide, our movement is expanding every day. In fact, over the weekend, we surpassed our big goal of 1 million people taking action for health insurance reform. And with your help, we’ll keep growing and prove that our opponents’ strategy of “delay, delay, delay” simply won’t work.

So I want to ask you for something unusual: Can you chip in $1 each day until we pass real health insurance reform? A huge response will show the insurance companies and their allies in Congress that their delay tactics will only make our movement stronger.

Here’s how it works: We’ll bill your credit card for 30 days’ worth of donations now and once a month until the President signs real health insurance reform into law. The cost of inaction on health insurance reform is astounding. Every day, 14,000 more Americans lose their coverage. Premiums continue to rise at three times the rate of wages. And each day, more small businesses are forced to choose between covering their employees and keeping their doors open.

But that doesn’t stop our opponents from trying to bog down the process with legislative tricks. And at the same time, they’re attacking the President for “moving too fast,” even though Washington has been talking about the need for comprehensive health insurance reform since the days of Harry Truman!

What they don’t realize is that outside of Washington, our campaign keeps growing. We’ve reached our “million” milestone, but the stories behind that number are even more impressive: grassroots press conferences with small-business owners in Missouri, more than 1,200 people at an organizing meeting in Minnesota, huge events outside local Senate offices in Florida, and so much more.

That’s why our dollar-a-day campaign is so important: If the few senators and representatives who are opposing reform understand that dragging their heels makes us stronger every day — and that the grassroots pressure on them will increase — they’ll be far less willing to keep slowing down the process.Can you help? Please donate $1 per day until we pass real health insurance reform:http://my.barackobama.com/page/m2/55c13cc6/5045b55f/21ca7d38/1188557d/3866280095/VEsF/Thank you, Mitch

Mitch StewartDirectorOrganizing for America

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
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4 thoughts on “A Dollar a Day . . . Does What Exactly?

  1. LOL, Kerry, you can unsubscribe, but I find this stuff amusing. If this works out, they'll get a million (plus?) dollars a day. Where's the incentive to follow through if the gravy train ends when the reform is in place? Not that that's what I find strange here; they do not say what the money is for or where it's going. It's ridiculous.

  2. you're probably right, but i'm too lazy to find the link to unsubscribe. 🙂 i think i just hit select as spam when i saw the last email i got from them. i didn't even bother to open it. as for what the money is for, his re-election campaign?

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