Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Undercutting Obama

Dear MoveOn member,

We thought you might want to see a great Op-Ed that Paul Krugman wrote for Monday's New York Times.

In it, Krugman lays out exactly what we're up against if we want to truly achieve the change we voted for in 2008—corporate elites and their greed. In the article, he states:

"Much reporting on opposition to the Obama administration portrays it as a sort of populist uprising. Yet the antics of the socialism-and-death-panels crowd are only part of the story of anti-Obamaism, and arguably the less important part. If you really want to know what's going on, watch the corporations."1

It's not news that corporate lobbyists run DC, but the last two years have shown us just how tight their grasp is. Some really important things have happened as a result of President Obama's election—especially the health care bill—but it's pretty clear that the fundamental change we all want will be impossible until we kick the big corporations and their lobbyists out of our capitol.

So, we've launched one of MoveOn's most important campaigns ever—to end the stranglehold that big corporations and lobbyists have on our democracy. Lobbyists make up 2% of Washington DC, yet they've been able to run roughshod over our democracy, rigging the rules and fixing the system so that 98% of the country gets little or no say. Big change—a clean energy future, an economy that works for Main Street instead of Wall Street, even getting BP to clean up after themselves in the devastating spill—will be impossible as long as lobbyists rule the roost. 

If you like the article, we hope you'll pass it along and share it on Facebook and Twitter. It's easy to do from here:

Thanks for all you do,

–Ilyse, Milan, Tim, Jodeen, and the rest of the team


1. "The Old Enemies," The New York Times, May 24, 2010


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