Wait! The fight isn't over! Tuesday night was HUGE. Everyday people triumphed over big money. Years of hard work paid off. And best of all, progressives won a contest of ideas: "Together we are stronger" beat "you're on your own" at the polls. Let's take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back... and then get. right. back. to. work! And let's dream big. If we put this same energy into the next four years, we can create jobs for young people, rebuild roads and bridges, spark the clean-energy economy of the future, get our tax code making sense again, and grow communities from the bottom up. We can do this. We don't have to trim our vision. But we do have to fight. We can't repeat the mistakes of 2008 and 2009. Now that we've gotten folks elected, we need to make sure they do the job. The first test starts now. Romney and Ryan ran on cutting Medicare, Social Security, and homefront investments to pay for massive tax cuts for the rich. Their ideas were rejected. But in Washington, bad ideas never die. They come back in the name of "compromise," and it's about to happen:
- At the end of the December, the Bush tax cuts expire. New budget goals that call for much lower spending also go into effect. There will be a big fight over this. That fight starts now.
- Washington calls this the "fiscal cliff." Don't buy it! They're trying to scare us into a "grand bargain" that cuts the pillars of the middle class but helps big banks. This isn't a cliff, it's a showdown between two ideas for America's future.
- If we don't keep fighting, any "grand bargain" will look more like a "grand swindle" that cuts Medicare, Social Security, education, and pretty much everything that helps guarantee the American Dream!
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