President Obama is keeping his promise to engage his base more in his second term. Organizing for America, the grassroots arm of the Obama campaign, has again reinvented itself and launched a new organizing tool called TheAction.org. Proving the Obama team has a wicked sense of humor, TheAction.org sent Santa Claus to Capitol Hill this week to pressure members of Congress to extend tax cuts for 98% of Americans.
Santa tracked down defeated Republican V.P. nominee, Paul Ryan (R-WI), who chairs the budget committee, to call him out for refusing to sign the discharge petition. The discharge petition is a measure Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) introduced to force the House to vote on the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, which would extend current tax rates for households earning less than $250,000 per year. The Senate passed the Act back in July.
The exchange between Santa and Rep. Ryan was caught on camera (see video):
Ryan: Oh yeah, hey Santa.
Santa: Paul, I was looking for you.
Ryan: I got to run; I got people waiting for me in my office. I gotta get going. Sorry.
Santa: I just wanted to give you a heads up. Two weeks [until Christmas].
Ryan: Good seeing you.
Santa: You got coal on the list right now, my friend.
(Ryan hurries away.)
Santa to camera: Don’t be a Scrooge this Christmas time.
Call Congress today; urge them to vote for tax cuts for 98% of Americans.
Ho. Ho. Ho.
If you’re interested in helping to make this push, the nifty website (http://call.theaction.org) lays out easy ways to help:
- Click on the photo of someone who hasn’t signed to view their telephone number. Click through to read a few coaching tips about making the call.
- The site also has made it really easy to tweet at Representatives. Just click through on a photo and scroll down to “send a tweet.”
Want more liberal-leaning Christmas cheer?
I dug up this rather timely adaptation of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (see video):
Santa: I can’t stand by and watch those poor millionaires suffering.