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Local MoveOn group presents campaign for the New Contract for the American Dream

August 10, 2011

On Wednesday, roughly 35 people gathered in front of the federal building in downtown Grand Rapids as part of a new campaign from MoveOn.org to present what they are calling the New Contract for the American Dream.

There are 10 points to this New Contract for the American Dream, including the creation of clean energy jobs, securing Social Security, a fair tax system, investment in public education and ending the wars and investing at home.

This action was in part a response to the national debt debate that had disasterous results for working people. A MoveOn member said, “The debt deal, which will do nothing to create jobs, forces deep cuts to important programs that protect the middle class while asking nothing of big corporations and millionaires. And though it does not require cuts to Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid benefits, it opens the door for these down the road via an unaccountable Congressional committee.”

“We have a simple message: “We need jobs, not budget cuts, “ said Jim Houston, a local MoveOn member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand Representative Amash stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”

Local MoveOn member Mike Franz address the small gathering before taking a copy of the new contract into the office of 3rd Congressional Representative Justin Amash’s office.

While some of the points in the New Contract for the American Dream is important, such as ending wars and investing in domestic programs, there was no indication how this group or MoveOn plans on making this happen. MoveOn has a history of being a Democratic Party front group and there is no indication that the Obama administration is embracing any of the 10 points presented in this contract.

I spoke with one participant at the MoveOn rally and asked him how they are going to achieve this platform and he said he didn’t know. However, the same person did say that what “we needed in America was to follow what the people are doing right now in England…….protesting in the streets in large numbers.”

This writer would agree that more direct action is certainly needed, but there was no indication that this group was advocating that kind of action. In fact, even before the MoveOn representatives addressed the gathering they were told by a Grand Rapids cop that they could not use the small amp they had with them or engage in loud chanting. The cop at one point even told one of the protestors that if “he yelled one more time he was going to get arrested.” The MoveOn spokesperson told the police that they would not use the amp and discontinue any loud chanting. So much for direct action or challenging the system.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Patricia permalink
    August 13, 2011 1:06 am

    OMG. What a mess. When Obama took office it set the progressive movement back decades. What will it take for people to put themselves on the line again for change? Whatever it is, we aren’t there yet. This is s sad story.

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