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chrisbrooks said...

While Chuck Fleischman claims to be on the job for Chattanooga’s unemployed and poor people, we know better. Representative Flesichmann held sixteen town hall meetings last week. He called for voters in his district to come and voice their concerns. Volunteers with Chattanooga Organized for Action answered that call and pressed their Congressman on his anti-job and anti-worker voting record.

Among those dedicated citizens were the elderly, members of the clergy, college students, and the unemployed who made painstaking efforts to take time out of their day to confront Fleischmann on his actions and their terrible consequences.

Instead of answering his constituents concerns, Fleischman had other plans. Over the Labor Day weekend Chuck wrote an email blast to people across the entire nation attacking his own constiutients in an effort to raise money for his re-election campaign. Instead of meeting the needs of Chattanooga’s unemployed and poor people, Chuck Fleischman is cynically using their pleas for help for his own personal gain. 

In his e-mail blast, Fleischman called the everyday, grassroots people who demanded accountability out of their Congressperson “hired guns”. What’s more, Fleischman claims that COA volunteers shouted and disrupted his town hall meetings, a claim that just isn’t true.

“I was, however, disappointed in the efforts of the Unions to disrupt these meetings. At almost every turn, hired guns working for Chattanooga Organized for Action and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) were there to shout and wave signs and act more like children than responsible adults who wanted to participate in a dialogue.” - Chuck Fleischmann

Chattanooga’s working families need their Congressman to be on the job. Unfortunately for them, Chuck Fleischmann is more concerned with calling his own constituents “childish” and “hired guns” than he is in helping working families.

While you don’t need to tell Chattanooga’s working families that we live in desperate times, it seems like someone should tell Representative Fleischmann. When working families and the unemployed let their Congressman know about their struggles, he turned their pleas for help into cynical attacks in an opportunistic attempt to bankroll his campaign for re-election.

Maybe Chucky doesn’t know that we live in desperate times. Maybe he just doesn’t care.

http://chattaction.org/post/9937293663/chuck-not-on-the-job-coa-stands-behind-working

September 8, 2011 at 8:54 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

http://chattaction.org/post/9937293663/chuck-not-on-the-job-coa-stands-behind-working

You don’t need to tell Chattanooga’s working families that times are desperate. The very facts of their lives are all the evidence they’ll ever need.

As our Chattanooga’s poor and working families continue to struggle with the fallout from the Great Recession and the most severe job loss in the United States since World War II, many of us are left wondering if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, the news seems grim.

The lack of payroll employment combined with the number of jobs needed to keep up with the growth in the working age population has resulted in a shortfall of 11 million jobs and a market in which the number of unemployed far outstrips the number of available jobs by the thousands, hundreds of thousands and, in some industries, the millions - a situation that has resulted in the longest spells of unemployment on record.

The desperation of unemployment is no stranger here in our city. In Chattanooga alone, over 23,000 people are unemployed - which is more than the amount of people living in the entire city of East Ridge and more than twice the population of the city of Red Bank.

If the pain and sacrifices of the Great Recession were shared equally between working families and the rich, that would be one thing, but this hasn’t been the case. The people that caused the Great Recession, Corporate America, are currently posting the greatest profits in the history of the world. In fact, 88% of the economic recovery has gone to corporate profits while only 1% - one out every hundred dollars - has gone to the wages and salaries of the families who need it the most.

With the rising surge of profits for Corporate America, you would think that Working America would stand to benefit, too. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The share of income going to the majority of households, the bottom 99.5%, has dropped dramatically since the 1970s, while income gains to the top 1% have rapidly accelerated. Today, the share of total income going to the top 1% of annual income earners is skyrocketing.

The evidence is in. These are desperate times for many people.We at Chattanooga Organized for Action believe that poor and working families deserve justice. Unfortunately, it seems that  our District Representative to the United States House of Representatives, Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann, doesn’t seem to know that we live in desperate times.

What’s worse, Chuck isn’t on the job for working families.

September 8, 2011 at 8:51 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

While Chuck Fleischman claims to be on the job for Chattanooga’s unemployed and poor people, we know better. Representative Flesichmann held sixteen town hall meetings last week. He called for voters in his district to come and voice their concerns. Volunteers with Chattanooga Organized for Action answered that call and pressed their Congressman on his anti-job and anti-worker voting record.

Among those dedicated citizens were the elderly, members of the clergy, college students, and the unemployed who made painstaking efforts to take time out of their day to confront Fleischmann on his actions and their terrible consequences.

Instead of answering his constituents concerns, Fleischman had other plans. Over the Labor Day weekend Chuck wrote an email blast to people across the entire nation attacking his own constiutients in an effort to raise money for his re-election campaign. Instead of meeting the needs of Chattanooga’s unemployed and poor people, Chuck Fleischman is cynically using their pleas for help for his own personal gain.  In his e-mail blast, Fleischman called the everyday, grassroots people who demanded accountability out of their Congressperson “hired guns”. What’s more, Fleischman claims that COA volunteers shouted and disrupted his town hall meetings, a claim that just isn’t true.

“I was, however, disappointed in the efforts of the Unions to disrupt these meetings. At almost every turn, hired guns working for Chattanooga Organized for Action and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) were there to shout and wave signs and act more like children than responsible adults who wanted to participate in a dialogue.” - Chuck Fleischmann

Chattanooga’s working families need their Congressman to be on the job. Unfortunately for them, Chuck Fleischmann is more concerned with calling his own constituents “childish” and “hired guns” than he is in helping working families.

While you don’t need to tell Chattanooga’s working families that we live in desperate times, it seems like someone should tell Representative Fleischmann. When working families and the unemployed let their Congressman know about their struggles, he turned their pleas for help into cynical attacks in an opportunistic attempt to bankroll his campaign for re-election.

Maybe Chucky doesn’t know that we live in desperate times. Maybe he just doesn’t care.

http://chattaction.org/post/9937293663/chuck-not-on-the-job-coa-stands-behind-working

September 8, 2011 at 8:47 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

http://chattaction.org/post/9937293663/chuck-not-on-the-job-coa-stands-behind-working

Chuck (NOT) on the Job: COA Stands Behind Working Families

You don’t need to tell Chattanooga’s working families that times are desperate. The very facts of their lives are all the evidence they’ll ever need.

As our Chattanooga’s poor and working families continue to struggle with the fallout from the Great Recession and the most severe job loss in the United States since World War II, many of us are left wondering if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, the news seems grim.

The lack of payroll employment combined with the number of jobs needed to keep up with the growth in the working age population has resulted in a shortfall of 11 million jobs and a market in which the number of unemployed far outstrips the number of available jobs by the thousands, hundreds of thousands and, in some industries, the millions - a situation that has resulted in the longest spells of unemployment on record.

The desperation of unemployment is no stranger here in our city. In Chattanooga alone, over 23,000 people are unemployed - which is more than the amount of people living in the entire city of East Ridge and more than twice the population of the city of Red Bank.

If the pain and sacrifices of the Great Recession were shared equally between working families and the rich, that would be one thing, but this hasn’t been the case. The people that caused the Great Recession, Corporate America, are currently posting the greatest profits in the history of the world. In fact, 88% of the economic recovery has gone to corporate profits while only 1% - one out every hundred dollars - has gone to the wages and salaries of the families who need it the most.

With the rising surge of profits for Corporate America, you would think that Working America would stand to benefit, too. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. The share of income going to the majority of households, the bottom 99.5%, has dropped dramatically since the 1970s, while income gains to the top 1% have rapidly accelerated. Today, the share of total income going to the top 1% of annual income earners is skyrocketing.

The evidence is in. These are desperate times for many people.We at Chattanooga Organized for Action believe that poor and working families deserve justice. Unfortunately, it seems that  our District Representative to the United States House of Representatives, Congressmen Chuck Fleischmann, doesn’t seem to know that we live in desperate times.

What’s worse, Chuck isn’t on the job for working families.

September 8, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

Metropolitan government is being publicly marketed as a channel to facilitate economic development, the idea being that BIG business would prefer to court only one government & one set of politicians, not several. This is a highly disappointing narrative that shows how out of touch our local political institutions, and the business interests they represent, are from the struggles of poor and working people. With the arrival of VW & Amazon it should be clear that we have no problems bringing BIG business here with the lure of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer handouts, but we still have schools with no text books, whole communities with no grocery store, rampant crime, and fewer services for our city's most vulnerable populations, such as the disabled, abused & neglected children, and the homeless.

Rather than further centralizing the decisions making practices of our city and county into the hands of a small number of laregely unaccountable representatives who are more often than not responsive only to the needs of the same or competing concentrations of organized money (the Chamber, the Mountain, this crew of land developers as opposed to that crew), we should emphasize the cultivation of a grassroots renaissance: providing the education & organizaton citizens need to participate meaningfully in co-determining the conditions they live, work and play in.

September 5, 2011 at 12:23 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

Here’s the breakdown:

Tennessee is currently receiving around 40 percent of its funding from the U.S. Government, if that funding is reduced 10 percent to 30 percent total, the state would be forced to undergo $4.5 billion in budget cuts and would have to eliminate 5,132 jobs.  If this happens, TennCare would be hit with cuts of up to $2.2 billion, and would be forced to eliminate a number of jobs, the scope of which is currently unknown. TennCare provides Medicaid to the citizens of Tennessee and provides affordable health care to previously uninsured individuals.  The Department of Health and Human Services gets $860 million in reductions, and would lose 1,595 jobs. They provide a broad scope of services, including disability services, child care services, and adult protective services, among many other things.  The Department of Education would lose $276 million in funding, making it difficult for them to provide new textbooks or the quality teachers that our kids need.   Add on the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which would take a blow of about $229 million in budget cuts. They provide family support and support agencies and organizations that help those living with developmental disabilities and their families.  Finishing the cuts, the Department of Children’s Services; the agency would lose over $112 million. They provide foster care and ensure child safety.

The nightmare of our dying economy has gone on long enough and with Chucky as our US Representative, it doesn’t look like that nightmare will end. Chucky’s voting record certainly isn’t child’s play and with his recklessness our state could lose over 5,000 jobs and billions of dollars in cuts to services that help Chattanooga’s working families get by.

September 2, 2011 at 4:18 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

http://chattaction.org/post/9633075206/chucky-working-families-worst-nightmare

At a time when Chattanooga’s working families need all the support that genuine political leadership could bring, its becoming increasingly clear that we cannot count on United States Representative Chuck Fleischmann to stand up for us & deliver the jobs and relief that our working families so desperately need.

But an even worse nightmare is setting in for the everyday people of Chattanooga who are struggling to just get by. Not only is Chucky refusing to fight for them, he is actively working to destroy their hopes for a better future.

Unlike nightmares, though, there’s no waking up from this dream. This time, it’s real. A careful reading of the facts shows the truth.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann voted NO when it came time to raise the debt ceiling with a bill that had bi-partisan support. He willingly played a political game of chicken that terrified many Americans, many of whom are working families fearing for their livelihoods and retirements. Chucky had sided with Big Business and Wall Street banksters at the crucial moments and on the votes that matter. Chucky’s voting records has shown him for who he really is: a corporatist on the legislative war path to destroy Tennessee’s working families.

The everyday people of Chattanooga are struggling to make ends meet. While many of us are at risk of being laid off and our homes foreclosed on, Chuck Fleischmann is in Washington, D.C. giving away our jobs and doing his best to make sure that services like Medicare and Medicaid become privatized bags of cash for corporate cronies, passing increased costs to vulnerable seniors and families.

The impact of his irresponsible and reckless decisions in Congress not only will be felt in the downgrade of the S&P’s rating of U.S. credit, but it could also deal a huge blow to Tennesseans to the tune of $4.5 billion of budget cuts to essential services and agencies across the state, including billions of dollars spent right here in Chattanooga. Chucky’s record could lead to massive cuts in education, at a time when our kids are having to learn in schools that are grossly underfunded. Tennessee’s education spending is amongst the worst in the nation. As a result of Chucky’s failed leadership, over a hundred million dollars could be cut from the Department of Children’s Services, the agency that serves our local communities by providing adoption services and enforcing child safety laws ensuring that children aren’t abused or neglected. 

These devastating cuts are a direct result of Chuck Fleischmann’s vote against the debt ceiling increase. Voters need to be educated about how their some of their elected representatives are destroying their communities. That is why COA is proud to number among a growing chorus of grassroots voices springing up across Tennessee (Sparta, Nashville, Chattanooga) that are standing up & speaking out against the attacks on our communities.

September 2, 2011 at 4:12 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

http://chattaction.org/post/9633075206/chucky-working-families-worst-nightmare

Unfortunately, the nightmare gets worse.

The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration has released a budget on Wednesday that could be implemented if the State of Tennessee’s credit rating is downgraded due to the downgrading of the United States’ rating. This is a direct results of Chucky’s votes on the debt ceiling.

Here’s the breakdown:

Tennessee is currently receiving around 40 percent of its funding from the U.S. Government, if that funding is reduced 10 percent to 30 percent total, the state would be forced to undergo $4.5 billion in budget cuts and would have to eliminate 5,132 jobs.  If this happens, TennCare would be hit with cuts of up to $2.2 billion, and would be forced to eliminate a number of jobs, the scope of which is currently unknown. TennCare provides Medicaid to the citizens of Tennessee and provides affordable health care to previously uninsured individuals.  The Department of Health and Human Services gets $860 million in reductions, and would lose 1,595 jobs. They provide a broad scope of services, including disability services, child care services, and adult protective services, among many other things.  The Department of Education would lose $276 million in funding, making it difficult for them to provide new textbooks or the quality teachers that our kids need.   Add on the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which would take a blow of about $229 million in budget cuts. They provide family support and support agencies and organizations that help those living with developmental disabilities and their families.  Finishing the cuts, the Department of Children’s Services; the agency would lose over $112 million. They provide foster care and ensure child safety. Sources: Chattanooga Times Free Press Debt-deal cutbacks could force 5,000 more layoffs in Tennessee Nooga.com Tennessee releases “purely hypothetical” budget plan to prepare for cuts in federal funding

The nightmare of our dying economy has gone on long enough and with Chucky as our US Representative, it doesn’t look like that nightmare will end. Chucky’s voting record certainly isn’t child’s play and with his recklessness our state could lose over 5,000 jobs and billions of dollars in cuts to services that help Chattanooga’s working families make ends meet.

Its time for the nightmare to end. If you’d like to let Chucky know what you think, here’s how to do it! Below is the contact information for his office and the dates for the town hall meetings he’s holding in Chattanooga. Chucky’s Chattanooga town hall meetings will take place Thursday, September 1st. 

Chattanooga Office

900 Georgia Avenue, Suite 126 Chattanooga, TN 37402 Phone: (423) 756-2342 Fax: (423) 756-6613

September 1, 2011 at 1:02 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

http://chattaction.org/post/9633075206/chucky-working-families-worst-nightmare

At a time when Chattanooga’s working families need all the support that genuine political leadership could bring, its becoming increasingly clear that we cannot count on U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann to stand up for us and deliver the jobs and relief that our working families so desperately need.

But an even worse nightmare is setting in for the everyday people of Chattanooga who are struggling to just get by. Not only is Chucky refusing to fight for them, he is actively working to destroy their hopes for a better future.

Unlike nightmares, though, there’s no waking up from this dream. This time, it’s real. A careful reading of the facts shows the truth.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann voted NO when it came time to raise the debt ceiling with a bill that had bi-partisan support. He willingly played a political game of chicken that terrified many Americans, many of whom are working families fearing for their livelihoods and retirements. Chucky had sided with Big Business and Wall Street banksters at the crucial moments and on the votes that matter. Chucky’s voting records has shown him for who he really is: a corporatist on the legislative war path to destroy Tennessee’s working families.

The everyday people of Chattanooga are struggling to make ends meet. While many of us are at risk of being laid off and our homes foreclosed on, Chuck Fleischmann is in Washington, D.C. giving away our jobs and doing his best to make sure that services like Medicare and Medicaid become privatized bags of cash for corporate cronies, passing increased costs to vulnerable seniors and families.

The impact of his irresponsible and reckless decisions in Congress not only will be felt in the downgrade of the S&P’s rating of U.S. credit, but it could also deal a huge blow to Tennesseans to the tune of $4.5 billion of budget cuts to essential services and agencies across the state, including billions of dollars spent right here in Chattanooga.

Chucky’s record could lead to massive cuts in education, at a time when our kids are having to learn in schools that are grossly underfunded. Tennessee’s education spending is amongst the worst in the nation. As a result of Chucky’s failed leadership, over a hundred million dollars could be cut from the Department of Children’s Services, the agency that serves our local communities by providing adoption services and enforcing child safety laws ensuring that children aren’t abused or neglected. 

These devastating cuts are a direct result of Chuck Fleischmann’s vote against the debt ceiling increase. Voters need to be educated about how their some of their elected representatives are destroying their communities. That is why COA is proud to number among a growing chorus of grassroots voices springing up across Tennessee (Sparta, Nashville, Chattanooga) that are standing up and speaking out against the attacks on our communities.

September 1, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.
chrisbrooks said...

Our Demands: A petition certifying Rep. Fleischmann's guilt was signed by all parties to be given to Rep. Chucky Fleischmann at his office alongside a list of the following demands:

Dear Rep. Fleischmann,

We, the people of Chattanooga, would ask that you uphold the duties of your office by paying heed to the following demands:

Stop legislating with only the interests of big business and the wealthiest Americans in mind, and start passing laws on behalf of working families and the shrinking middle class, the impoverished, the millions who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

Do not allow the working families of Tennessee to shoulder the economic burden of crimes committed by Wall Street fatcats that ultimately drove the country to recession.

End tax loopholes for multi-national corporations, which are posting the highest recorded profits in the history of the world. Raise the marginal income rate on the wealthiest top three percent of Americans.

Bolster the U.S.’s social safety net and entitlement programs, which is the hallmark of an industrialized society. We should not be privatizing, in whole or part, our country’s most precious resources: our social services. Instead of targeting and slashing these programs, we need to be bolstering, expanding, and protecting services like Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Vote for real, sustainable, public jobs through healthcare and infrastructure.

The U.S. government does, can, and should provide jobs to the American people. We are all the government, and our collective wealth should serve public needs.

We need schools, universities, infrastructure, and universally accessible healthcare – all of which would support a strong and vibrant public sector in order to provide good jobs for our communities.

We need a revitalized Works Project Administration, which was instituted by the New Deal agency and employed millions of workers that carried out a number of public works projects that still benefit us today.

Stop using partisan excuses and political theater to hold hostage the economy of this country.

The debt-ceiling debate was a political charade and an economic travesty that terrified the American people; it was entirely self-inflicted by you and others in Congress. The S&P downgrade has trickled down into our communities and caused the downgrade of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Stop pandering to far-right fringe groups and using pivotal national decisions to gain cheap points with your corporate financial base. This has put the credit rating of Chattanooga and Hamilton County at risk and if any of those entities get downgraded, capital projects like Red Bank Middle School and others will cost more money to build.

Pledge to never again put local, national, and global economies on the line in order to ensure that working families shoulder the entirety of the economic burden.

August 25, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
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