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Dems Plan To ‘Astro-Turf’ GOP Townhalls

From an approving Politico:

Liberals try to stoke town hall rage

By: Marin Cogan
April 25, 2011

Liberals groups are amping up their efforts against House Republicans this week, targeting lawmakers in their districts in an effort to make GOP support of Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint a political liability ahead of the 2012 election.

Americans United for Change, a D.C.-based progressive group, is targeting four districts — including those represented by freshmen Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Iowa conservative Steve King and Ryan himself — with ads narrated by a female senior citizen.

Why doesn’t our news media ever bother to check up on these groups? It takes all of about two mouse clicks to discover what Americans United for Change is. (See below.)

“Paul Ryan looks like a nice young man,” she says, “but on April 15th he voted to end Medicare and its guaranteed health benefits.”

Which is a bald-faced lie. Mr. Ryan’s plan will save Medicare. Without his plan or something very much like it, the money for Medicare will simply run out.

And while the effort hasn’t reached nearly the grass roots town hall outrage that drove the tea party over the past two years, it’s clear liberal groups see an opening by attacking Republican plans on Medicare and stoking concerns of senior citizen voters.

In other words, these "liberal groups" are going to do what they always do – use blatant lies to strike fear into the hearts of old people. And they are hoping to generate the kind of passion that we saw at the town halls from real grassroots people in the August of 20010.

Which, lest we forget, outraged the Politico and the rest of the establishment media. But when the left tries to gin up such a reaction by promulgating lies, the news media remain strangely serene.

Americans United for Change is also aiming to reach 360,000 voters 45 and older in 23 Republican-held districts this week with robo-calls slamming the members for their votes.

Additionally, Social Security Works and the Alliance for Retired Americans are jointly holding events in lawmakers districts across the country to call attention to the budget plan and its implications for Medicare and Medicaid. Marc Stier, an event organizer in Pennsylvania, says the teach-in style events will be held outside of district offices and Social Security offices…

Needless to say, these are also just more Democrat Party front groups. (See below.)

This week’s efforts continue a campaign by Democratic groups last week to shift the narrative on the Ryan budget in their favor. Last week, MoveOn encouraged its members to attend town halls and grill lawmakers on Medicare and Medicaid. And the DCCC released an ad depicting senior citizens stripping and mowing lawns to pay for their health care under the Ryan plan in select districts.

More fear mongering — from the masters of fear mongering. And never mind that they are implying that ‘sex workers’ and gardeners do undignified work.

In addition to focusing on districts like Ryan’s, the groups are targeting freshmen members and members in swing districts. In Pennsylvania, for example, freshmen GOP Reps. Pat Meehan, Mike Fitzpatrick and Lou Barletta’s districts have became hot beds of anti-Ryan budget activities.

And never mind that these groups are 501c3s who are prohibited by law from campaigning either for or against candidate.

From Discover The Networks:


Americans United For Change (AUFC) was founded in 2005 “to fend off President [George W.] Bush’s top policy priority at the time: privatizing Social Security.”…

In 2006 AUFC broadened its scope to matters besides Social Security, aiming “to build broad public and congressional support for action on a wide range of long-stalled policy issues.” Specifically, AUFC began to advocate:

    * “increasing the minimum wage”
    * “allowing Medicare to directly negotiate lower prices for prescription drugs”
    * “improving access to affordable healthcare for all Americans” [by means of government-controlled, socialized medicine]
    * “making college more affordable” [by increasing taxpayer funding of tuition for low-income students]
    * “creating a responsible energy policy”

AUFC opposes any U.S. expansion of efforts to explore and drill for oil, calling instead for the development of “clean” alternatives such as wind and solar power.

AUFC supports the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), asserting that this proposed legislation “would protect employee rights to form unions.” …

Though AUFC characterizes itself as a “non-partisan” organization, its agendas are entirely consistent with, and supportive of, those of the Democratic Party. AUFC candidly seeks “to amplify the progressive message” and “to contribute to a grass roots groundswell for progressive policies.”

In 2006 AUFC ran a series of television ads challenging President Bush’s policies vis à vis such varied matters as the Iraq War, college loans, and health care

In addition to advertising initiatives like the one described above, AUFC uses a variety of approaches to disseminate its message to the public. These approaches include:

    * “targeted press and editorial outreach”
    * “online petitions and organizing”
    * “attention-getting events”
    * “grassroots organizing”
    * “community meetings”
    * “aggressive PR tactics”

In 2009, AUFC President Brad Woodhouse became the communications director for the Democratic National Committee under President Obama. He previously had served as communications director for USAction, and as a leader of the anti-war group Americans Against Escalation in Iraq.

In March 2009, AUFC announced that it soon would be spending approximately $700,000 on a host of television advertisements to promote President Obama’s first national budget. Also in early 2009, the organization launched a state-by-state ad campaign aimed at persuading the American public—and, by extension, their elected representatives in Congress—to support Obama’s economic-stimulus package. Among the activist groups and labor unions that helped cover the cost of these ads were MoveOn, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

And from the website of Social Security Works:

Social Security Works – Our Steering Committee


American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of Teachers

Campaign for America’s Future

Democracy For America

Economic Policy Institute

Food Research Action Center

Latinos for a Secure Retirement

MoveOn.org Political Action


National Council of Women’s Organizations

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Organization for Women

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

The Politico merely calls these "liberal groups." In any case, it should be clear how little they have to do with ‘grassroots.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dems Plan To ‘Astro-Turf’ GOP Townhalls”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Quoting the inestimable Master Wu, “There would be no drug if there were no demand”.

    The problem is not you or me, The problem is not even government. The problem is America is chock full of whiners, babies, old husks, graspers, greed heads, do-nothings, idiots, lame brains, uneducated trolls and easy credit.

    Almost any people are made stronger by adversity. The real test is the comfort of plenty.

    America, like every other civilization before us, has failed the test.

  2. TheOriginalDonald says:

    this is the true story
    of a few Democrats
    picked to disrupt Sean Duffy
    and be a total nuisance and be taped
    where they’ll find out what happens
    to those who aren’t polite

  3. KellyJaye says:

    The Dems want people to freak out about Medicare.
    How about teaching our children not to plan off the government’s teat, and show them how to save and invest their money for retirement? Teach them self-reliance, and the importance of charity ~ rather than forced redistribution by the government, give voluntarily within their community.

  4. Right of the People says:

    I propose we all get us an SEIU or an ACORN t-shirt and go to these townhalls and beat the living crap out of the lib protesters. The law never seems to stop them when they do it at Dem gatherings and it will really, really confuse the hell out of the MSM and the libs.

  5. righthook38 says:

    This is so maddening! Obama just made a speech in January, condemning scare tactics such as these, and then he and the Dems turn around and do just that. They will stop at nothing to try to discredit and demonize Republicans.

  6. MZmaj7 says:

    “And never mind that they are implying that ‘sex workers’ and gardeners do undignified work.”

    I was under the impression that the video implied that it was undignified for senior citizens to do any work at all.

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