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September 28, 2012

The Washington Post reports, "Voters in three critical swing states broadly oppose the far-reaching changes to Medicare ­associated with the Republican presidential ticket and, by big margins, prefer President Obama to handle the issue, according to new state polls by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation. For seniors in Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Medicare rivals the economy as a top voting issue. And by majorities topping 70 percent, seniors say they prefer to keep Medicare as a program with guaranteed benefits, rather than moving to a system in which the government gives recipients fixed payments to buy coverage from private insurers or traditional Medicare, as Romney advocates."

Progressive Point: Medicare guarantees health care coverage to our seniors who have worked hard all their lives. Let's be clear: Obamacare preserves every dime of Medicare benefits. Romney-Ryan would not. Whether they'll privatize it or bankrupt it, Romney-Ryan would end Medicare as we know it.

After attacking Obamacare for the same $700 billion savings in their own plan, Romney & Ryan are now claiming they'd put that $700 billion in waste and abuse back into Medicare--making Medicare go broke in just four years. That's on top of their plan to replace Medicare with a privatized voucher system that sticks seniors with just a coupon to hand over to the insurance companies. Obamacare reinvests savings back in Medicare to expand benefits and extend Medicare's finances by nearly a decade. Any way you look at it, Romney-Ryan would cut benefits and end Medicare as we know it.

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  • The Romney-Ryan agenda would end Medicare as we know it by replacing it with a privatized voucher system that sticks seniors with a coupon to hand over to the insurance companies. (Center for American Progress, Aug. 24, 2012)

  • Romney-Ryan would massively raise Medicare costs for current and future seniors. (Center for American Progress, Aug. 24, 2012)

  • In Virginia, seniors give President Obama a 13 percent lead over Mitt Romney on who they trust to deal with the Medicare. "The importance of Medicare as an issue also boosts Obama more directly: In the three Post-Kaiser state polls, voters who call Medicare an 'extremely important' voting issue side with him over his challenger, 59 percent to 36 percent." (Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2012)

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Investing in Virginia

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September 24, 2012

The Danville Register & Bee reports, "The [Danville] city government knew the two-lane "Smurf Bridge" needed to be replaced, but the politics in Richmond made that more and more unlikely. There simply wasn't enough road and bridge construction dollars coming out of Richmond anymore -- and the state's political leadership couldn't agree on a plan to fix the problem... But it was the federal government -- not the state government -- and President Barack Obama's much-maligned stimulus bill that got Danville the bridge it needed. Former Rep. Tom Perriello voted for the stimulus bill and lobbied former Gov. Tim Kaine to steer part of Virginia's share of the stimulus money to Danville. Danville's newest bridge may be named for George Wilmot Robertson, but without the efforts of Obama, Kaine and Perriello in 2009, there would be a traffic jam on the old two-lane Smurf Bridge today."

Progressive Point: Investing in our schools, cops, bridges, and medical research keeps Virginia's economy running and is a down payment on our future. The President's home front investments have helped put Virginia back to work. Projects like rebuilding our decaying bridges put money in the pockets of working Virginians and more customers in our stores.

Mitt Romney, Bob McDonnell, and their conservative allies want to cut home front investments to give the richest few even more special tax breaks. The President's investments in Virginia are working to strengthen our economy. While there's more work to do, there's no question that we're doing better today than we were four years ago. Our leaders in Virginia need to learn the value in investing our communities as well.

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  • "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act wound up providing $28.9 million of the $39.7 million" for Danville's Robertson Bridge project. (Danville Register & Bee, Sept. 23, 2012)

  • Mitt Romney's economic plan would raise taxes 95% of Americans to pay for tax cuts for the top 5% and would add a new $247,000 tax cut for the wealthiest 0.1% on top of the Bush tax cuts. (ThinkProgress, August 1, 2012)

  • The Rep. Ryan/House GOP budget that Mitt Romney has endorsed proposes $871 billion in cuts to investments. (Center for American Progress, March 20, 2012)

  • Mitt Romney's economic plan would cut potentiall over ten billion dollors that goes to police officers, firefighters, and teachers based on an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Washington Post, June 13, 2012)

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Student Loan Debt Is Crushing Our Future

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October 27, 2011

Nationally, student loan debt has reached $100 billion and is projected to surpass $1 trillion by mid 2012. In Virginia, the State Council on Higher Education released recommendations calling for tuition increases of 3% to 5% at state colleges and universities to pay for mandates in Governor McDonnell's higher education reform package which passed in 2010. Yesterday, President Obama announced proposed changes to student loans that would ease repayment provisions for over 1 million students.

The Progressive Point: For years, we've all been told that a college education opens doors to good-paying jobs and economic security. But these days, good-paying jobs are few and far between. Students are graduating from college with crushing debt and no economic opportunities to relieve the burden. Big banks are making big bucks off of student loan interest while young people are struggling to make ends meet, wondering what happened to the opportunities they were promised. We must do better. Governor McDonnell promotes policies that increase the cost of college tuition and Lt. Governor Bolling declares government has no role in job creation. Virginians deserve better. Its time Virginia's leaders focused on creating jobs and opportunities for all Virginians.

Tweet it: With college tuition and student loan debt rising, our leaders must focus on the next generation now. http://bit.ly/uJwCG1 via @ProgressVA

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#ThanksObamacare

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October 25, 2011

Yesterday, Families USA released a report outlining the benefits to Virginians of the "Obamacare" health care reform legislation. Also yesterday, Thanks Obamacare! launched a media campaign to take back the term "Obamacare" and publicize the effects of the law.

The Progressive Point: When you get sick, you should be able to see a doctor. Its just that simple. Obamacare puts you in charge of you and your family's health care, not the insurance companies. Thanks to Obamacare, all Virginians have access to the same quality health care members of Congress receive. And thanks to Obamacare, families and small businesses have more choices for affordable health care coverage. That equals more people receiving quality care and more money in people's pockets. Thanks Obamacare!

10 Reasons to Thank Obamacare:

1. Congress will have the same health care as the rest of us.
2. People under 26 can stay on their parents' health insurance.
3. Insurers must justify rate hikes.
4. No discrimination of coverage based on gender.
5. Insurance can't kick sick people off of coverage.
6. Chain restaurants must post calorie content.
7. No denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions.
8. No copays for birth control, breast pumps, and domestic violence screenings.
9. No annual or lifetime limits on needed care.
10. Small businesses get tax credits to help provide insurance to their workers.

Get the facts at www.thanksobamacare.org

Tweet it: #ThanksObamacare for increasing health care coverage and lowering costs. http://bit.ly/vK7v0q via @ProgressVA

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October 19, 2011

A new report titled Virginia's Neighborhoods and the American Jobs Act" from Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) shares how President Obama's jobs bill will help fix housing problem across the Commonwealth. Over 9% of Virginia's housing units are vacant, and this report reveals that "restarting the housing market is essential to our economic recovery.

Progressive Point: A home is the largest asset most average Virginians will ever own.  Not only are home foreclosures devastating to individual families, but they also lead to increased vacancies - and both foreclosures and vacancies have a very negative impact property values.  We need to find ways to help individual families hurt by foreclosure, and we also have to help the home owners in all of Virginia's communities whose property values are hurt by this problem.  President Obama's American Jobs Act's effects will be felt strongly in both areas with high rates of foreclosures, such as in the urban crescent, and in areas with high numbers of vacancies, such as in rural Virginia.  Additionally, it "is a bi-partisan solution with broad support in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell supports investments rehabilitating substandard housing. He highlighted this as a priority early in his administration." Furthermore, it could bring Virginia up to $20 million to help "create jobs while also stabilizing neighborhoods, reducing vacancies, and stabilizing residential and commercial property values" - solutions Virginia desperately needs.

Tweet it: President Obama's Jobs Act is essential to fixing VA's foreclosure problem and helping all home owners http://bit.ly/nec8ct via @ProgressVA

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October 18, 2011

President Obama's bus tour to promote his American Jobs Act comes to Virginia today and tomorrow, with stops in Emporia, Hampton, and Chesterfield. 

The Progressive Point: Americans are in desperate need of good jobs. President Obama understands this need, which is why he has proposed common sense ideas, that have been supported by Republicans and Democrats, to get Americans back to work. Instead of creating more jobs, obstructionists in Congress are protecting tax breaks and giveaways for the wealthiest Americans. To protect their wealthy donors, Republicans voted to lay off teachers, leave our veterans without jobs, and let our roads and bridges crumble. Politicians who prioritize political gain over helping their struggling constituents have no business leading America.

What the American Jobs Act means for Virginia:
Businesses receiving a payroll tax cut: 150,000
Average tax cut for a Virginia household: $1,890
Infrastructure money: $809,000,000
Infrastructure jobs: 10,500
Teacher money: $742,300,000
Teacher jobs: 10,800
School money: $425,300,000
School rebuilding jobs: 5,500
Get the full American Jobs Act Virginia Fact Sheet here

Public Support for the American Jobs Act:
According to last week's Washington Post/Bloomberg poll:

  • "More than two-thirds of Americans, including a majority of Republicans, say wealthier people should pay more taxes to bring down the budget deficit."
  • 74% support providing money to state governments to allow them to hire teachers and first responders
  • 65% support cutting the payroll tax for all American workers
  • 64% support increased federal spending to build and repair roads, bridges and schools
  • 58% support cutting the payroll tax for all American businesses

Tweet itVirginians need jobs not political games. Congress must pass Obama's Jobs Act to get folks back to work http://bit.ly/p5Nvjh via @ProgressVA

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