"Organizing for America" volunteer Sue Carter, right, visits with Matt and Stacy Carter and their two children, Colin, left, and Peyton on Saturday afternoon outside Bamboo Market. Volunteers canvassed downtown Steamboat Springs to solicit support for President Barack Obama's economic plans.

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"Organizing for America" volunteer Sue Carter, right, visits with Matt and Stacy Carter and their two children, Colin, left, and Peyton on Saturday afternoon outside Bamboo Market. Volunteers canvassed downtown Steamboat Springs to solicit support for President Barack Obama's economic plans.

Obama retools campaign tactics

Local volunteers join nationwide effort Saturday

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Steamboat Springs resident Stacy Carter writes an opinion on a sheet of paper as part of the "Organizing for America" campaign.

Several local volunteers participated Saturday in an unprecedented campaign remobilization to press support for President Barack Obama's ambitious federal budget.

Obama's vast Campaign for Change apparatus - which established an official office in Steamboat Springs in the fall and organized a visible and well coordinated get-out-the-vote effort in Northwest Colorado - now is an arm of the Democratic National Committee renamed Organizing for America.

Obama's list of supporters and volunteers almost is 14 million names large, according to the Associated Press, and the president is calling on them to use campaign-style methods to pass a $3.6 trillion budget proposal that would make good on several of his promises to voters. The budget proposal also projects a $1.75 trillion deficit this year, the largest in history, and has met resistance in Washington.

"It's an opportunity to get the grass-roots involved and have citizens share their voice," Catherine Carson, Routt County Democrats chairwoman, said about Saturday's canvassing effort.

Volunteers were stationed at book and food stores throughout downtown Steamboat Springs and focused their message on Obama's budget as it relates to energy, health care and education. The volunteers sought signed pledges expressing support for Obama's budget, passed out fliers on the three issues and distributed contact cards for Northwest Colorado's elected representatives in Denver and Washington. The AP reported that one of Obama's strategies is "to try to overwhelm Capitol Hill with phone calls and other direct contact with lawmakers."

The Organizing for America Web site, www.barackobama.com, posted materials for use by such volunteers across the county, including canvassing scripts, the informational fliers, an online Congressional call tool and a training video for Saturday's effort.

Although passing a budget is not as exhilarating as winning an election, local volunteers said Saturday that they were happy to get out and continue their efforts.

"I feel like it's a good follow-up to the campaign work we did," said Jane Toothaker, who had collected about half a dozen pledges by 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. "I think this is a really good way for Barack Obama to continue to get feedback from the grass-roots effort he started with his campaign. : I think the election gave us a chance for change. It didn't actually give us the change. We all have to stay involved in order to make things happen."

At Epilogue Book Co., volunteer Stewart Beall agreed and said he wants "to make sure we actually realize the change we voted for in the election." Beall said he is happy to see Obama turn to his grass-roots supporters after the election, believing most politicians lose touch with constituents when they arrive in Washington.

"That's what I feel, and that's why I'm here today: to make sure things don't fall away," Beall said. "Basically, it's just trying to get people to understand there are people who want change. : I think Barack is such a different sort of leader. : He's maintaining touch with Americans and encouraging them to express their opinions."

Comments

seeuski 5 years ago

So you did vote for socialism!!! Lemmings going off the cliff.

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seeuski 5 years ago

Time to organize a nice little tea party.

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seeuski 5 years ago

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/64577.html Stimulus? U.S. to buy Chinese condoms, ending Alabama jobs

Here is what you are signing up for Mr. Carter. Just one example of the Obama global bailout plan and economy.

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Alan Geye 5 years ago

PLEASE, we need the Pilot's help in understanding both the short term, and more importantly the long term implications of the proposed budget deficits. Short term we all understand, but the proposal of such huge long term deficits have huge potential unintneded consequences on our economy. Our society needs to be better informed to make good judgments. Perhaps this link to a CNN article is a first step, but even it does not talk about the longer term issue.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/03/20/news/economy/cbo_obama_budget_deficit/index.htm?postversion=2009032016

Respectfully,

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seeuski 5 years ago

Good post Bean, Just jumping on the Obama budget bandwagon is not prudent at all. He has already lied to the American people about "using a scalpel to go line by line and not to sign any budget with pork". Taking the deficit from a half trillion to nearly 3 trillion in such a short time and getting nothing for it as in AIG is just plain stupid.

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Mark Traum 5 years ago

Look at the numbers. From the CBO: Certainly appears to me that the irresponsible spending of the last 8 years, when the economy was strongest, could have been better managed by a Republican Congress: And President. Who is the tax-&-spend party now, hmm? http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/99xx/doc9957/OutlookSlidesForHearing.pdf

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seeuski 5 years ago

Lets see, Compare the last eight years which included an inherited recession, 9/11 and 2 wars which, after the Democrat caused fannie/freddie housing bubble debacle, left a 1/2 trillion$ deficit- to the obama spending spree that has grown the deficit to 1.78 trillion? and with proposed new spending will increase the deficit to over 3 trillion$. Yea keep blaming Bush. Don't you also feel great that ACORN, that fraudulent community group, will get paid by the Obama Administration to oversee the census? Can anybody say budgetary reperations?

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Routt_County_Guy 5 years ago

now that we are done with the republican congress andhouse and bushanomics the stocks are soring

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Routt_County_Guy 5 years ago

look at the stock market and it is very clear even to a rush limaugh fan otherwise known as a bush bimbo fan

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seeuski 5 years ago

You are right dude, the market has rebounded. Obama,Obama,Obama. Hip,hip,hoorey.

Besides, who is rush limaugh?

Can you explain Bushanomics please?

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Mark Traum 5 years ago

Compare the last eight years which included an inherited recession, NOT TRUE, AND A BUDGET SURPLUS TOO; 9/11 and 2 wars WHICH WERE NOT ACCOUNTED FOR IN THE PREIVOUS ADMINISTRATIONS'S BUDGET EVER! which, after the Democrat caused fannie/freddie housing bubble debacle, WRONG AGAIN GET THE FACTS- THE CONGRESSS IN DEC. 00 VOTED NOT TO REGULATE THE LIKES OF AIG, ET AL: (LOOK IT UP) left a 1/2 trillion$ deficit- to the obama spending spree that has grown the deficit BASED ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET to 1.78 trillion? IT WOULD HAVE BEEN $1.3 IF BUSH WAS STILL IN THE GAME AND OWOULD NOT HAVE INLCUDED THE WAR (WHAT 2 WARRSS BY THE WAY? ISN'T ALL THET WAR ON TERRO, ETC:) and with proposed new spending will increase the deficit to over 3 trillion$. Yea keep blaming Bush. Don't you also feel great that ACORN, that fraudulent community group, will get paid by the Obama Administration to oversee the census? Can anybody say budgetary reperations/REPARATIONS? Lets see, Compare the last eight years which included an inherited recession, 9/11 and 2 wars which, after the Democrat caused fannie/freddie housing bubble debacle, left a 1/2 trillion$ deficit AND $376b IN TARQ FUNDS- to the obama spending spree that has grown the deficit to 1.78 trillion? and with proposed new spending will increase the deficit to over 3 trillion$. Yea keep blaming Bush. Don't you also feel great that ACORN, that fraudulent community group, will get paid by the Obama Administration to oversee the census? Can anybody say budgetary reperationsREPARATIONS?

FACT: AIG'S EXECEC'S RENEGOTIATTED THEIR CONTRACTS IN JANUARY 08: HMMM AND THAT INCLUDED A RETENTION CLAUSE, SINCE, THEY SAW THEIR SCEME UNRAVELING. RECIESSSIION STARTED IN DECEMBER 07 DUDE!! GET THE FACTS PER FAVORE.

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Routt_County_Guy 5 years ago

There are so many inaccuracies in your comment, I don't even know where to start! First off, the CLINTON administration ended with a surplus, the BUSH administration and Congress gave us the recession! How can you say the Clinton administration didn't budget for 9/11 and two wars? Why the heck should they? Bush and his cronies were the ones who wanted the wars, and lied like dogs to get us into them. The Obama administration is not perfect, but at least President Obama is trying to keep things honest and informing the public. The Bush administration was famous for their lies and repression of the truth. We put up with the Bush administration for 8 lousy years, and a Republican majority for nearly that long who spent billions on pork and earmarks, but yet you and the Republicans won't even give Obama a chance after only 60 days! The economy is on a slight upturn, despite you and RUSH LIMBAUGH's hopes that he will fail. You had your way for 8 years, and it was a miserable failure. Let's at least give Obama's way a try!

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BoatNative 5 years ago

At least these people care enough about their country to get out in the community and generate for support for a budget and legislation that this country needs instead of simply replying with accusations of socialism and saying "NO".

Efforts like this happened every day this fall in Steamboat and across the country and it is why Barack Obama won. These people want reform in health care, new energy solutions, and an education system that works, among other things, and they WORKED for it. Take a lesson Republicans, you are getting your butts kicked.

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ybul 5 years ago

To all who want to push for 2 trillion dollars in debt being taken on by the government. That is a mortgage - Mort-Gage is derived from Latin Mort-DEATH Gage-GRIP.

Ponder upon that.

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Ed Miklus 5 years ago

How ironic, parents signing up for a mountain debt for their two little childern, must be double strengh Kool-Aid. The Obama budget will more than double our national debt to over two trillion dollars and the debt to GDP ratio will be putting us in a category of banana republic but I guess because The Chosen One says it will help we must beleive! How dumb! Even the Communist Chinese know it's madness.

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Ed Miklus 5 years ago

Sorry for the two misspellings in my last comment. Hit the send button too quickly. Let's look at the numbers of the proposed Obama budget. Deficit would be 5% of GDP Federal debt would go to 80% of GDP Federal spending would be 23% of GNP All unsustainable numbers that will bankrupt this Country. And the CBO says his projections are off some two trillion 900 million dollars - holy mackerel! We're in trouble!!

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Scott Ford 5 years ago

There seems to be a lot of folks that would rather see this country crushed by a depression just to prove an ideological point, even if it was correct. We need to remember by hoping for failure nobody wins we all lose.

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ybul 5 years ago

Scott,

Maybe some people are not trying to prove a point but rather educate people as to the excess' of borrowing or printing money.

"'The modern banking system manufactures money out of nothing. The process is perhaps the most astounding piece of sleight of hand that was ever invented.

Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin. Bankers own the Earth. Take it away from them, but leave them the power to create money, and with the flick of the pen they will create enough money to buy it back again...

Take this great power away from them and all great fortunes like mine will disappear, and they ought to disappear, for then this would be a better and happier world to live in. But if you want to continue to be slaves of the banks and pay the cost of your own slavery, then let bankers continue to create money and control credit'."

Sir Josiah Stamp Director, Bank of England 1928-1941 (reputed to be the 2nd richest man in Britain at the time)

more quotes .. http://paulgrignon.netfirms.com/MoneyasDebt/references.htm

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ybul 5 years ago

Scott,

Make sure you read the last line of Sir Josiah Stamp's quote above. (Director, Bank of England 1928-1941) Then think about your comment, how a depression comes about. The depression of the 1930's occurred with the unwinding of loans made by the newly created federal reserve, their were massive bank failures.

Do you actually think that the government is going to solve the problem for us? I prefer a model where we the people win, not the sheriff of nottingham who levies burdensome taxes upon the masses for a corrupt government.

Robin Hood did not steal from the rich and give to the poor he took back excessive taxes the government took from its citizens and returned them.

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seeuski 5 years ago

There is a difference between a President spending money on the defense of the USA and a President who is printing money from our future to pay for nothing ie. AIG,ACORN,PORK,EARMARKS,ETC.ETC.ETC.

It is telling that Obama's appointments to office consist of so many tax evaders while he runs up such a huge tax bill. Americans are mobilizing as is evidenced by the thousands who attend tea partys throughout the country. We will see how long the Republicans get their butts kicked.

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seeuski 5 years ago

To the Bush haters who believe the world was perfect before 2000. We were attacked on our soil by Islamofascists aided by Saddam Hussein starting in 1993 and continuing until the 9/11 attacks that occured just after Bush took office. The attacks were planned and trained for starting in the early 1990's while Clinton was president. We have not had a successful attack since Bush properly took action against those responsable including Saddam Hussein who was the head terrorist and the leader of the Baath party. Baath in arabic is defined as "The Resurection" which is the sister party to the Nazi party. This forum has been the source of much material proof of Saddam Hussein's sponsorship of worldwide murder and terror. Thank g-d George Bush did not cowar from his duty as president to protect the American people from it's enemy's, foriegn and domestic, as is the US presidents sworn oath of office. The link to a brief history: http://www.husseinandterror.com/

Thanks President Bush for ridding the world of this murderer.

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seeuski 5 years ago

Scott, You should try to watch other news programs then just MSNBC as Rush Limbaugh said he wants the Presidents Socialistic spending programs to fail not the President himself. None of us wants to enter into a "crushing depression" as you call it and that is why we don't like the huge deficit spending programs that Obama is putting forth. During the Bush administration you guys called his war on terror "fear mongering". Well what do you think Obama is doing by warning of a depression if we don't buy into his deficit spending programs? Scott, you are a prime example of one who has been affected by this fear. AIG, GM or any of the other so called "big companies that can't be allowed to fail" should fail if they are insolvent, not given our money. Just like any business that fails be it a restaraunt, hair salon or a bank someone else will take up the slack and hang a new sign, open for business, and do it better and smarter. That is free enterprise, not giving our money to a virtual bankrupt company that no one will patronize any way. Would you buy your insurance from AIG?

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seeuski 5 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6exIni6UtM

History channel video 2 parts. A great watch for anyone who is interested in the troubles in the middle east and Husseins Nazi connection.

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seeuski 5 years ago

OOPS. There are more than 2 parts. 11 parts. sorry.but worth the time.

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ybul 5 years ago

Actually seeuski, there is little difference between the deficit spending of Bush and the deficit spending of Obama. Quite possibly Bush's was worse, but I really have no desire to enter into that debate.

Both are putting us so far in hawk, that a Mugabe style hyper-inflationary period might occur if some sanity is not returned to D.C.. That will be far worse than a depression, as it will wipe out the middle class.

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seeuski 5 years ago

ybul, I can agree that Bush's spending was high. But to say that it was worse than what the Dem's and Obama are getting ready to do to us is a leap. I also find it amusing that Obama just last week was saying that our economy is sound, WHAT? When McCain made that same statement in October Obama ridiculed him publically. What has changed other than 5000 less points in the DOW and several million fewer jobs?

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Fred Duckels 5 years ago

BO ring broke another campaign promise last night at his press conference. He had promised to stop torture, but his performance violated every article of the Geneva Convention.

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Mark Traum 5 years ago

All:

Back on Topic:

Scott:

"We need to remember by hoping for failure nobody wins we all lose." I agree whole heartedly: the problem seems to be the angry republican right that continues to be in denial. The CBO, correction, our CBO illustrates the facts. As for a $3T debt on a $16T USA economy; that is 19% correct? If I had to spend 19% of my income on helping an ailing spouse, per se, for one year, with the dividends being a resuscitation of life, I would. Isn't this scenario happening now? Can we not afford to do more than what we tried to do during the Great Depression?

Persistence usually yields positive results, doesn't it? That is what Hope is all about! Won't some of our local excavation companies benefit from shovel ready projects?

60 days does not 8 years make!!!

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arnonep 5 years ago

seeuski "To the Bush haters who believe the world was perfect before 2000. We were attacked on our soil by Islamofascists aided by Saddam Hussein starting in 1993 and continuing until the 9/11 attacks that occurred just after Bush took office. The attacks were planned and trained for starting in the early 1990's while Clinton was president".

Very well said and true. The only part you missed is that: Clinton knew all about it, had some of the 'bad guys', did nothing about it and then let the 'bad guys' go.

Others, I have pointed out the fact that congress runs the country several time before. With that fact in mind I believe o and his friends have been in charge since 2006. The question then begs, what have they been doing since 2006? In reference to the article, I find it disturbing that the same people that complained about Bush/Cheney being able to wield their will without check are asking us to allow the same for o.

Here is an excerpt from a letter I sent to Senator Michael Bennet; "The economic recovery plan is just a code word for PORK. Detroit should have never got any money and should not get any more. The only people that think Detroit should be saved are the people that live there. If they can not produce a quality product at a competitive price, then they should go under. How are you going to give tax cuts and keep handing out money at the same time? We are not buying the math. If you start flapping about the taxing of the rich, keep in mind that the rich have enough money to take it somewhere else. The banking industry should only get enough money to keep our economic system from collapsing, but with a huge price tag back to them. The tax payer should see at least as big of a return as they have been seeing. The people running the banks should all be personally bankrupt."

This sums up what most of the people I talk to think. I just do not see how o's plan addresses these legitimate views.

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ybul 5 years ago

Can we not afford to do more than what we tried to do during the Great Depression?

Probably not, as going into the depression of the 1930's (there were many before most created by an excess of credit expansion and the subsequent collapse of credit) we were a creditor nation, as a whole. Today we are a debtor nation. Prior to the depression, we were an exporter of goods, today we are an importer of goods (even food). The dynamics are not the same.

That said, there are many opportunities for economic development. Though they probably do not exist in fields in which we have been accustom to working in. A paradigm shift needs to occur that will allow us to move forward in a positive way, that will help to reestablish the principles which allowed the middle class to flourish in the United States.

Seeuski, Bushs debts were piled up on war time spending, which destroyed assets even if they were not our own. But that is the long debate I have no desire to enter into as I do not believe it will do either of our egos, souls any good.

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seeuski 5 years ago

ybul, You are correct, we will argue as to whether a President should react to a tyrant like Hussein when we are attacked by same. I suggest we have saved billions because we have suffered no attacks since the elimination of Hussein the terrorist. I for one don't miss him on the news firing his gun into the air in celebration after every attack we endured. My ego is not involved here just my soul.

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