Friday, November 19, 2010

George Soros - Update on His Beliefs - Business Dealings - Political Influence

UPDATE:

Glenn Beck’s TV team has provided The Blaze with an updated background and research guide for its George Soros expose. According to the team, it contains added sources and links. The original guide is still available in this story:

Updated Soros Research With Added Sources

Editor’s note: The following outline was obtained by The Blaze from Glenn Beck’s TV team. It is the background document they used to produce Tuesday night’s George Soros expose. It has been edited for form but not content.

BACKGROUND

“Messianic Fantasies”


“It is sort of a disease when you consider yourself some kind of god, the creator of everything, but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out,” (The Independent, June 3, 1993)
“I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of self-importance –to put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes or, even better, a scientist like Einstein,” (The Alchemy of Finance, George Soros)
According to friend Byron Wien (now with the Blackstone Group), “You must understand he thinks he’s been anointed by God to solve insoluble problems. The proof is that he has been so successful at making so much. He therefore thinks he has a responsibility to give money away,” (Time Magazine, Sept 1, 1997)
“If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood which I felt I had to control, otherwise I might end up in the loony bin. But when I made my way in the world I wanted to indulge myself in my fantasies to the extent that I could afford.”
George Soros 60 Minutes Interview – 12/20/98 / Transcript:
KROFT: Are you religious?
Mr. SOROS: No.
KROFT: Do you believe in God?
Mr. SOROS: No.
KROFT: (Voiceover) Soros told us he believes God was created by man, not the other way around, which may be why he thinks he can smooth out the world’s imperfections.



“THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK OF ENGLAND”


“As September 15 wore on, George Soros’s confidence that Britain would pull the pound out of the ERM was growing. It had been Stanley Druckenmiller who had thought the time ripe for making a bet against the sterling. He talked to Soros about doing something. Soros gave him the green light but urged his head trader to bet an even larger sum than Druckenmiller had in mind. And so Druckenmiller, acting for Soros, sold $10 billion worth of sterling… The next morning at 7:00, the phone rang at Soros’s home. It was Stan Druckenmiller with news… While George Soros had slept, he racked a profit $958 million. When Soros’s gains from other positions he took during the ERM crisis were tallied, he racked up close to $2 billion… It was this bet, this single act of placing $10 billion on the fact that Britain would have to devalue the pound, that made George Soros world famous,” (SOROS THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY, pgs 5-6).
“He famously shorted the British pound in 1992, wagering $10 billion on a drop in its value. In a desperate bid to keep its currency afloat, the Bank of England tried to buy up pounds as fast as Soros could dump them. However, as more and more investors followed Soros’ lead and joined his efforts, the Bank of England eventually gave up. The British pound was devalued, launching a tsunami of financial turmoil from Tokyo to Rome. When it was over, millions of hardworking Britons confronted their diminished savings, while Soros counted his gains. He had personally made nearly $2 billion on the catastrophe,” (The Shadow Party, pg. 4).
Soros has said of this event: “I had no platform, so I deliberately [did] the sterling thing to create a platform. Obviously people care about the man who made a lot of money…my influence has continued to grow and I do have access to,”(Time Magazine, Sept 1, 1997)
In 1997, during the Asian financial crisis, the then Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir bin Mohamad, accused him of bringing down the Malaysian currency, the ringgit, through his trading activities. In Thailand he was branded an “economic war criminal” who “sucks the blood from the people”.
REVOLUTIONS

“Just write that the former Soviet Empire is now called the Soros Empire,” (The New Republic, Jan 1994)
“I am acting out a fantasy and so is Eastern Europe. A psychiatrist once told me how dangerous it is to act out fantasies and I am beginning to see what he meant,” (http://www.osi.hu/oss/postscript.html)

ANTI-SEMITISM

In a 1998 nterview with Steve Kroft, Soros was asked if he felt guilty about confiscating property from Jews as a teenager. He responded, “No.”
“I don’t deny the Jews their right to a national existence–but I don’t want to be part of it.”That experience notwithstanding, Soros has chosen to exclude Israel and Jewish causes, by and large, from his massive philanthropy-a decision that has caused comment among one of his colleagues in the financial community, particularly those who are strong supporters of Israel. In Hungary, Soros has been subject to anti-Semitic attacks. Referring to being a target, Soros, in his book “Underwriting Democracy,” wrote, “I am ready to stand up and be counted.” When I mentioned that rather suggestive line to Soros during one of several extended interviews with him, he responded quickly, “Right. It took me a long time.”
He continued, “My mother was quite anti-Semitic, and ashamed of being Jewish. Given the culture in which one lived, being Jewish was a clear-cut stigma, disadvantage, a handicap-and, therefore, there was always the desire to transcend it, to escape it.” He confirmed what someone had told me-that his family name had long ago been changed from Schwartz. “So the assimilationist Jews of Hungary had a deep sense of inferiority and it took me a long time to work through that,” he said, adding, however, that he succeeded in doing so many years ago… “I am escaping the particular. I think I am doing exactly that by espousing this universal concept”-of open society. “In other words, I don’t think that you can ever overcome anti-Semitism if you behave as a tribe… the only way you can overcome it is if you give up the tribalness.”
(Source: THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SOROS by CONNIE BRUC, The New Yorker, January 23, 1995,)

“As I looked around me for a worthy cause. I ran into difficulties. I did not belong to any community. As a Hungarian Jew I had never quite become an American. I had left Hungary behind and my Jewishness did not express itself in a sense of tribal loyalty that would have led me to support Israel,” (http://www.osi.hu/oss/ch1.html)
INFO ON NAME CHANGE FROM SHWARTZ TO SOROS

Born in Hungary in 1930, Mr. Soros began life as George Schwartz. His father, Tivadar, was from humble origins; his mother, Erzebet, from money. Both were Jews, but nonobservant (she eventually converted to Catholicism). Once married, Tivadar had to work just two hours a day managing some of his wife’s family property, which provided a handsome living for them and their two sons, Paul and George. At some point during the boys’ childhood, the parents decided to change the family name and chose the Hungarian-sounding but in fact obscure Soros. It means “soar” (in the future tense) in Esperanto, the made-up trans-European language promoted by those who dreamed of a world free of nationality. Tivadar was among its leading proponents. (Source: The Mind of George Soros; Meet the Esperanto enthusiast who wants to save the world from President Bush, 2 March 2004, The Wall Street Journal)
Before the end of the war, however, Soros’ upper-middle-class world had inverted. The family posed as Christians and separated to hide from the Germans. They changed their name from Schwartz (considered too Jewish-sounding) to Soros (more reflective of the family’s Hungarian roots and because his father liked the palindrome). (The elusive billionaire: An author tries valiantly to capture the essence of philanthropist George Soros, Vancouver Sun, 20 April 2002)
MORE ON TIVADAR SOROS

The other day, George Soros and his older brother Paul, an engineer turned investor-philanthropist, met in the offices of Soros Fund Management to discuss their father. The occasion was the English-language publication of Tivadar Soros’s wartime memoir, “Masquerade: Dancing Around Death in Nazi-Occupied Hungary,” which was first published in 1965 in Esperanto, one of six languages in which Soros pere was fluent.

“It was his nature, regardless of difficulties, to believe that one must behave like a human being and one must make the most of life,” Paul Soros said, explaining the charm and ebullience of his father, who, in the book, is described by his five-year-old son George as “a married bachelor,” and who, even when living semi-reclusively under an assumed Christian identity, never missed his daily swim. “I remember during the siege we went to the opera, because at a time when there was no food the opera still served very nice hors d’oeuvres and patisserie. Whether or not it was prudent, the idea was that you should make the most of your circumstances.”

George, who, like Paul, has inherited his father’s broad face, pointed out that Tivadar’s fondness for the comforts of bourgeois life was not accompanied by a docile bourgeois sensibility. “We didn’t preserve ordinariness,” George said. “He made us very conscious that these were extraordinary times and that the normal rules didn’t apply.” In the book, Tivadar writes that at one point young George was required by the authorities to deliver notices to certain Jews that they should report to the Rabbinical Seminary with blankets and food. “This was a profoundly important experience for me,” George said. “My father said, ‘You should go ahead and deliver them, but tell the people that if they report they will be deported.‘ The reply from one man was ’I am a law-abiding citizen. They can’t do anything to me.’ I told my father, and that was an occasion for a lecture that there are times when you have laws that are immoral, and if you obey them you perish.”

“Masquerade” contains a great deal of black social comedy; a running theme is Tivadar’s efforts to convince his recalcitrant mother-in-law that, all things considered, it really would be best if she stopped regarding the occupation as a personal insult. (”I refuse to go anywhere if the people don‘t know who I am and I have to pretend I’m somebody else all the time,” she said of his attempts to find a safe house for her.) Tivadar’s own ease with his assumed identity-he grew a mustache, and went by Elek Szabo-led him, one day during an air raid, to tell a neighbor in the shelter about the time he approached the podium on which Hitler was standing at the 1936 Winter Olympics, just to see how close he could get. “Hardly fifteen minutes had passed after my tale when there was suddenly a great commotion,” Tivadar wrote. “The shelter commander appeared, surrounded by several officers. . . . It transpired that the air-defense commander, in great excitement that there was someone present who had seen Hitler, had radioed headquarters and a group had come over right away to see this privileged person.”

Tivadar’s energies, though, were largely devoted to the extremely serious business of procuring papers to save relatives and friends from a new, unimaginable form of terror. “My father was ahead of the curve, because he recognized the moment the Germans came in that this was a different world and one had to act differently,” George said. He and Paul agreed that they still try to live by their father’s resourceful example. “The funny thing is that in character we probably both inherited a lot more from our mother,” George said.


GLOBALIZATION

Soros has long been calling for increased globalization. In “The Crisis of Global Capitalism,” 1998 he writes: “To stabilize and regulate a truly global economy, we need some global system of political decision-making. In short, we need a global society to support our global economy. A global society does not mean a global state. To abolish the existence of states is neither feasible nor desirable; but insofar as there are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions. Interestingly, the greatest opposition to this idea is coming from the United States. But there has never been a time when a strong lead from the U.S. and other like-minded countries could achieve such powerful and benign results. With the right sense of leadership and with clarity of purpose, the U.S. and its allies could help to stabilize the global economic system and to extend and uphold universal human values. The opportunity is waiting to be grasped.”
(Source: The Crisis of Global Capitalism.(book excerpt), George Soros, 7 December 1998, Newsweek)
During this year he called for greater authority to institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and for an International Credit Insurance Corp. to establish some kind of supervision over national supervisory authorities and stated, “At the same time, there remains the urgent need for Congress to authorise an increase in the capital of the IMF.“ He admitted that such ”radical ideas“ could not even be considered until Congress ”changes its attitude toward international institutions in general and the IMF in particular.” (Source: Soros calls for global credit insurance agency, 15 September 1998, Reuters News)
Soros has said that the United States would cease to be the world’s undisputed dominant force. “The veto power that we have in the International Monetary Fund will disappear. We will be downsized. At the same time, hopefully, we will have a better working system and opponents will be more downsized than we will.”
(Source: BOSTON, Oct. 29 — Massachusetts Institute of Technology press release via Factiva)
“The Bubble of American Supremacy,”: “The disparity between private goods and public goods manifests itself in a number of ways. First, there is a growing inequality between rich and poor, both within countries and among countries. Admittedly, globalisation is not a zero-sum game: its benefits exceed the costs in the sense that the increased wealth produced by globalisation could be used to make up for the inequities and other shortcomings of globalisation and there would still be some extra wealth left over.
The trouble is that the winners do not compensate the losers either within states or between states. The welfare state as we know it has become unsustainable and international income redistribution is practically nonexistent. Total international assistance amounted to $US56.5 billion ($74.4 billion) in 2002. This amount represents only 0.18 per cent of global GDP. As a result, the gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow.”
(Source: Edited extract from The Bubble of American Supremacy by George Soros via The Sydney Morning Herald, February 4, 2004)
KARL POPPER


SOROS’ PHILOSOPHY

At the London School of Economics, Soros discovered the work of philosopher Karl Popper, whose ideas on open society had a profound influence on his thinking. He was attracted to Popper’s critique of totalitarianism, The Open Society and Its Enemies, which maintained that societies can only flourish when they allow democratic governance, freedom of expression, a diverse range of opinion, and respect for individual rights. Later, working as a trader and analyst, he adapted Popper to develop his own “theory of reflexivity,” a set of ideas that seeks to explain the relationship between thought and reality, which he used to predict, among other things, the emergence of financial bubbles. Soros began to apply his theory to investing and concluded that he had more talent for trading than for philosophy. In 1967 he helped establish an offshore investment fund; and in 1973 he set up a private investment firm that eventually evolved into the Quantum Fund, one of the first hedge funds. http://www.soros.org/about/bios/staff/george-soros

QUOTES FROM “The Open Society and Its Enemies: Hegel and Marx,” by Karl Popper (Vol. 2), by Karl Popper

The development of capitalism has led to the elimination of all classes but two, a small bourgeiouse and a huge proletariat: and the increase of misery has forced the latter to revolt against its exploiters.  The conclusions are, first, that the workers must win the struggle, secondly that, by eliminating bourgeiouse, they must establish a classless society, since only one class remains. (pg 151-152)
But all over the earth, organized political power has begun to perform far-reaching economic functions.  Unrestrained capitalism has given way to a new historical period, to our own period of political interventionism, of the economic interference of the state. Interventionism has assumed various forms. There is the Russian variety; there is the fascist form of totalitarianism; and their s the domestic interventionism of England, of the United States, and the “Smaller Democracies” led by Sweden where the technology of democratic intervention has reached the highest level so far.  (pg 155)
Admittedly, increasing misery must produce resistance, and it is even likely to produce rebellious outbreaks.  But the assumption of our argument is that the misery cannot be alleviated until victory has been won in the social revolution. (pg 163)
I am not in all cases and under all circumstance against a violent revolution. (pg 166)
…the working of democracy rests largely upon the understanding that  a government which attempts to misuse its powers and to establish itself as a tyranny (or which tolerates the establishment of a tyranny by anybody else) outlaws itself, and that the citizens have not only a right, but also a duty to consider the action of such government a crime, and its members as a dangerous gang of criminals. (pg 167)
MORE ABOUT KARL POPPER

http://www.hoover.org/publications/hoover-digest/article/8018

Although compelled to leave his native Austria in the 1930s (because of his Jewish ancestry), his book is remarkably free from personal bitterness or sadness.
He did not shrink from tracing the sources of those dangerous ideas to Marx, to Hegel, and even to that greatest of all philosophers, Plato. At a time when many intellectuals had lost faith in democracy, Popper offered a spirited defense of democratic principles and outlined a compelling vision of a society grounded in democratic reforms.

Popper was a fallibilist, one who perceives great error and danger in any theory of knowledge—or regime—that claimed to offer certain truth. In such a system, there would be no incentive to establish social and political structures that promote learning or the free exchange of ideas; truth is already at hand. In the name of historical progress, the regime may then justify the squelching of human freedoms and even atrocities on a grand scale.
George Soros, who first encountered The Open Society as Popper’s student at the London School of Economics, founded the Open Society Institute to propagate Popper’s ideas, particularly in Eastern Europe. Thus the political philosophy Popper first articulated before the start of the Cold War is now being studied and put into practice in countries newly emerging from behind the Iron Curtain.
He left school at age sixteen and began auditing lectures at the University of Vienna. Although a Marxist as a teenager, he was repelled in 1919 by the leftist-inspired street violence of postwar Vienna that resulted in the deaths of demonstrators. That same year, he studied Freud’s psychoanalysis and worked for a time with psychiatrist Alfred Adler.
In 1922 he matriculated at the University of Vienna. To support himself, he apprenticed himself to a cabinetmaker and took up social work. Pursuing his goal of becoming a schoolteacher, Popper subsequently returned to the university. In 1928, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and, in 1929, a teacher’s certificate. Beginning in the late 1920s, Popper began interacting with members of the famous Vienna Circle of logical positivists, a group of prominent intellectuals trying to articulate the importance of science for philosophy. Shortly after publishing (in German) a then little-noticed but classic work on the logical foundations of science in 1934, Popper left Austria under the threat of Nazi anti-Semitism. From New Zealand, where he had obtained a university teaching post, he returned to England after World War II as professor of philosophy of science at the London School of Economics, where he remained until his retirement.
SOROS’ CURRENT TIES

SOROS AND PRESIDENT OBAMA


In December 2006, Soros met with presidential hopeful Barack Obama in Soros’ New York office. Soros had previously hosted a fundraiser for Obama during his 2004 campaign for the Senate.
On January 16, 2007, Obama announce the creation of a presidential exploratory committee and within hours Soros sent a contribution of $2,100, the maximum allowable under campaign finance laws.
Days after Obama was elected in November of 2008, Soros said in an interview “I think we need a large stimulus package which will provide funds for state and local government to maintain their budgets – because they are not allowed by the constitution to run a deficit. For such a program to be successful, the federal government would need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars. In addition, another infrastructure program is necessary. In total, the cost would be in the 300 to 600 billion dollar range.” Since then, Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus and Obama very recently introduced a $50 billion plan to improve the country’s transportation program, saying “I want America to have the best infrastructure in the world.”
In that same interview, Soros called for cap & trade: “I think this is a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The US needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights. I would use the revenues from these auctions to launch a new, environmentally friendly energy policy. That would be yet another federal program that could help us to overcome the current stagnation.” Since then, Congress has introduced cap & trade legislation. (More info in “going green” section)
Also in that interview, Soros said “In 2010, the Bush tax cuts will expire and we should not extend them.” Since then, Obama expressed his opposition to the Bush tax cuts in an interview with ABC on September 9th: “All those middle class folks who need tax relief hostage right now in order to provide tax breaks for the top two percent wealthiest Americans, who don’t need a tax break, aren’t asking for a tax break. And you know, if we could afford it, it’d be one thing. But we know that’s gonna cost $700 billion over ten years. And so, that is not a smart thing to do for the economy”
Soros is also on board with Obama’s proposals to reform the banking system. In an interview with the BBC: Interviewer: Now President Obama last week announced some quite radical proposals to reform the banking system. He wants them out of what he calls “proprietary trading”, using their capital to speculate on their own account, and also he wants a limit on their size. Are these constructive measures in your view? Soros: Very much so these are the right … it goes in the right direction. In my opinion, it doesn’t actually go far enough because it still leaves the problem of too big to fail. In other words, if you let’s say now again Goldman Sachs gives up its banking license, it becomes then an investment bank …
January 2010, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/davos/8485029.stm

Since  Obama’s been in office, Soros has made four visits to the White House
ALSO IN HIS 2008 INTERVIEW:
Soros: “I think this is a great opportunity to finally deal with global warming and energy dependence. The US needs a cap and trade system with auctioning of licenses for emissions rights. I would use the revenues from these auctions to launch a new, environmentally friendly energy policy. That would be yet another federal program that could help us to overcome the current stagnation.

SPIEGEL: Your proposal would be dismissed on Wall Street as “big government.” Republicans might call it European-style “socialism.” 

Soros: That is exactly what we need now. I am against market fundamentalism. I think this propaganda that government involvement is always bad has been very successful — but also very harmful to our society. 

SPIEGEL: Would you advise the new president to say that publicly?

Soros: He has already spoken about changing the political discourse. I think it is better to have a government that wants to provide good government than a government that doesn’t believe in government.


WILL ANOTHER FISCAL STIMULUS BE NEXT?

“The simple truth is that the private sector does not employ available resources. Mr. Obama has in fact been very friendly to business, and corporations are operating profitably. But instead of investing, they are building up liquidity. Perhaps a Republican victory would boost their confidence, but in the meantime, investment and employment require fiscal stimulus,” (Financial Times, Oct. 4, 2010)


LAUNCHING A WAR AGAINST PRESIDENT BUSH

Soros told the Washington Post: “I have made rejection of the Bush doctrine the central project of my life… America, under Bush, is a danger to the world.  And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”
Also during that election: “This is the most important election of my lifetime. These aren’t normal times. The ends justify every legal means possible.”
Read more http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/10/18/041018fa_fact3?currentPage=3#ixzz0xAm1jvyV

SOROS AND VAN JONES

Soros has also supported Van Jones – Originally through the Open Society Institute which gave the Ella Baker Center $151,800 in 2006 and $140,000 in 2007. Van Jones was head of the Ella Baker Center during those years. OSI also funded Green for All in 2008 –  they received a grant in the amount of $75,000 to “integrate the Civic Justice Corps into Green For All’s campaign to create a national Clean Energy Corps.” while Van Jones was running it. Van Jones later appeared as a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. Additionally, OSI helped fund TIDES which then started the Apollo Alliance (where Van Jones sat on the board).

CAP & TRADE


Soros is also a huge proponent of cap and trade. The sot below sounds very similar to VAN JONES’ “We’renot going to put a new battery in a broken system.”
SOROS: “work on a better world order where we work together to resolve problems that confront humanity like global warming. And I think that dealing with global warming will require a lot of investment.

SOROS: You see, for the last 25 years the world economy, the motor of the world economy that has been driving it was consumption by the American consumer who has been spending more than he has been saving, all right? Than he’s been producing. So that motor is now switched off. It’s finished. It’s run out of — can’t continue. You need a new motor. And we have a big problem. Global warming. It requires big investment. And that could be the motor of the world economy in the years to come…Instead of consuming, building an electricity grid, saving on energy, rewiring the houses, adjusting your lifestyle where energy has got to cost more until it you introduce those new things. So it will be painful. But at least we will survive and not cook.

MOYERS: You’re talking about this being the end of an era and needing to create a whole new paradigm for the economic model of the country, of the world, right?

GEORGE SOROS: Yes.

VIDEO: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/george-soros-on-the-green-energy-economy/



MORE ON GREEN INITIATIVES


In 2009, Soros announced the formation of the Climate Policy Initiative to address global warming, and said he would fund it with $10 million a year over 10 years
Friends of the Earth is another group that receives Soros money. In 2008 they received $50,000 from OSI to “build and support an international network of organizations dedicated to improving the environmental, social and developmental impacts of Chinese overseas investments.” Friends of the Earth also received $180,000 from Tides Foundation in 2008 to “integrate a climate equity perspective in the presidential transition.”
THE OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE


Soros started Open Society in 1993
Soros has given away over $7 billion to “support human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education in 70 countries.”
Up to $425 million donated annually
Aryeh Neier is the president of the Open Society Institute and Soros foundations network. “Neier personally created the radical group Students for a Democratic Society in 1959… He worked for the American Civil Liberties Union for fifteen years,” (The Shadow Party, pg 23).
Open Society Foundations recently pledged its largest donation ever to Human Rights Watch in the amount of $100 million to be distributed over 10 years
Richard Poe writes, “Through his global web of Open Society Institutes and Open Society Foundations, Soros has spent 25 years recruiting, training, indoctrinating and installing a network of loyal operatives in 50 countries, placing them in positions of influence and power in media, government, finance and academia.”
Some organizations that have received support from OSI:
Center for American Progress
Tides Foundation
Campaign for America’s Future
National Council of La Raza
ACORN
Apollo Alliance
Center for Community Change
Free Press
MoveOn.org
Top 20 grant recipients in 2008 (the most recent OSI filing)
International Crisis Group                                                      $5,000,000
Ministry of Education Republic of Liberia                  $4,250,000
Drug Policy Alliance                                                                        $4,000,000
Media Development Loan Fund                                                      $3,900,000
Bard College                                                                                          $3,094,539
Proteus Fund Inc                                                                        $3,000,000
The Revenue Watch Institute                                                      $3,000,000
The Tides Foundation                                                                        $2,875,000
The Mayors Fund to Advance New York City                  $2,512,415
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities                                    $2,107,000
Public Interest Projects                                                                        $1,700,000
The Tides Center                                                                        $1,396,681
Center for Community Change                                                      $1,362,500
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights education$1,320,000
Fund for the European University                                     $1,100,000
Center for New York City Neighborhoods                  $1,050,000
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation                  $1,000,000
Center for American Progress                                                      $1,000,000
Foundation to Promote Open Society                                    $1,000,000
Link Media Inc                                                                                          $1,000,000
(Source: Open Society Institute, IRS Form 990-PF, 2008)


CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS


Early in 2003, Soros pledged $3 Million over 3 years to the think tank
He awarded $1 Million in grants to Center for American Progress for 2008/2009
The group was largely set up to prevent Bush from gaining re-election in 2004. Soros told the Washington Post: “I have made rejection of the Bush doctrine the central project of my life… America, under Bush, is a danger to the world.  And I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.”
The organization is headed by John Podesta
Van Jones is currently a senior fellow
In its first year, CAP took in more than $10 million
In 2006, CAP launched a network of liberal religious leaders called Faith in Public Life to “fuel this burgeoning faith movement with cutting edge strategies and capacity-building resources”
CAP’s campus Progress, with a staff of 15 and a large network of student advisers, offers money and guidance to help college activists launch initiatives and newspapers
CAP has a congressional outreach staff and aides dedicated to booking its experts on talk shows. It has a studio that offers daily taped segments and talking points for radio hosts, and it broadcasts liberal radio host Ed Schultz‘s show when he’s in town.

TIDES


2008 funding from Open Society Institute to Tides (latest year for which the OSI has filed a Form 990 document with the IRS):
The Tides Center:       $1.354 million
Tides Foundation:       $2.875 million
Total:                     $4.229 million
Drummond Pike is Founder & CEO of Tides Foundation. He is also Treasurer of Democracy Alliance, a group that was founded with major financial backing from member George Soros.
The Apollo Alliance is a project of the Tides Center.
Van Jones is a former board member
Apollo Alliance helped to design and promote the stimulus bill which included $110 billion for “green spending”
SOJOURNERS

Open Society gave Sojourners a $200,000 grant in 2004, $25,000 in 2006, and $100,000 in 2007.

THE QUANTAM FUND


Soros launched the Quantam Fund after immigration to America from London in 1956. It was one of the world’s first private hedge funds.
Soros recently passed much of the fund’s management to his two grown sons, Robert and Jonathan
The fund, which is registered in the Netherlands Antilles, turned an original investment of six million dollars, in 1969, into five and a half billion dollars by 1999.

AMERICAN CONSTITUTION SOCIETY

The American Constitution Society is a left-wing legal activist group working to change our nation’s laws and approaches towards law enforcement. One of its areas of focus is constitutional interpretation and change.


OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE DISCLOSED GRANTS TO ACS

Grants disclosed on George Soros’ Open Society Institute’s Form 990 tax filings to American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) going back to 2002 (with the exception of the 2005 filing which could not be searched electronically).  Open Society’s 2002 filing referenced that the grant was designated for start-up of ACS.  Adding all the totals from each year below (excluding 2005) comes to $14,602,850.

2008 funding: $3.65 million

2007 funding: $4.5 million

2006 funding: $5,025,000

2004 funding: $676,800

2003 funding: $251,050

2002 funding: $500,000

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George Soros's Attacks On Our Teachers Never Stops - Today's Email

From: ak-momsrising-2406-1164475.pp0jl_x@list.momsrising.org [mailto:ak-momsrising-2406-1164475.pp0jl_x@list.momsrising.org?]
Sent: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
To:
Subject: It is my intention...


Dear ,
The drumbeat to dismantle important new health protections has begun. Opponents of health reform in Congress are right now making step-by-step plans to rollback key protections for health care consumers passed by Affordable Care Act. 
“...it is my intention to begin repealing it piece by piece, blocking funding for its implementation and blocking the issuance of the regulations necessary to implement it.” -- House Republican whip, Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia[1]
It is our intention to keep moving forward. 
We need to move quickly to stand up not only for our own children, but also for moms like Tracy in Colorado whose son who is battling cancer and is relying on key protections of health reform that make it illegal for insurers to put annual and lifetime caps on care or drop people from coverage when they get sick.

In the first 36 hours we raised more than $4,000 from wonderful supporters just like you who are chipping in what they can.  We're nearly halfway there -- but we still need your help to reach our goal of $10,000 this week.  Can you pitch in $15 now?

A contribution of $15 or more will enable us to fight to keep health care.  We will launch a virtual storm on the new Congress--on-the-ground, online, and in the media--reminding them that they need to keep standing up for families, not health insurance lobbyists.  And we'll make sure Congress can't ignore us by donning our MomsRising supermom t-shirts and personally delivering these messages with members in DC, and also bringing moms like Tracy straight to Congress to share their experiences.  (There's nothing like TV images of fed up moms to make elected officials nervous.)
Hundreds of MomsRising supporters have already donated to this urgent campaign, including many first time donors.  Will you lend a hand? 
As we go into this fight, we all need to pitch in.
Whether you're a parent who can now rest easy knowing your child can be protected under your health plan until age 26, someone who has a child with a pre-existing condition who can never again be denied affordable health care, or a business owner who can now afford to purchase health care insurance because of health care tax credits for small businesses; we all have gained critical protections from the passage of health care reform.

We must counter coming efforts in Congress to roll back the hard fought consumer protections we have won through the passage of the Affordable Care Act!

With opponents of health care reform planning right now how to dismantle health reform, we need your help NOW.

Can you pitch in $15 today?
Thanks for your work on behalf of America's families.

--Kristin, Donna, Joan, Anita, Mary, Julissa and the whole MomsRising Team


P.S.  Please pass this message along to your friends and family, and urge them to donate so they can help us push health reform through!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saboteur George Soros - Got Tea? America is Coming For You Next

The Left - Watch What They Do, Not What They Say!: Saboteur George Soros - Got Tea? America is Coming...

Bill O'Reilly Said Last Night On National TV Soros is Dangerous for America - Yet He Keeps Sending These Emails to Your Childs Teachers

From: ak-momsrising-2404-1164475.r-tfk1x@list.momsrising.org [mailto:ak-momsrising-2404-1164475.r-tfk1x@list.momsrising.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 11:03 AM
To:
Subject: URGENT: The Senate is voting TOMORROW & many aren't decided yet!



Dear,
This is it.  A vote will happen TOMORROW (Wednesday) on the Paycheck Fairness Act--and it's going to be a close one. Many Senators say they're still deciding which way to vote!  So we're sending clam-o-grams, making calls, sending letters, meeting in-person with elected leaders to share our real world experiences with unequal pay, and we're generally going all out for the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Wait?! Clam-o-grams?!  That wasn't a typo.  We are indeed pulling out all the stops.  We even sent clam-o-gram cookies to a key potential swing vote, U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), this week to point out that on average women earn 23 percent less than men for the same work.  That adds up to a lot of clams!
These clam-o-grams were delivered along with MomsRising member messages supporting fair pay including this statement: "We earned these clams! We need fair pay like New England clam chowder needs clams!"
But clam-o-gram cookies alone aren't enough.  We need you to pitch in by quickly contacting your Senators to tell them to vote YES on the Paycheck Fairness Act without amendments this Wednesday.  (It's easy.  We'll give you their phone number and a sample phone script when you click the link below)..
*Take 60 seconds today (even right now!) to call your U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on Wednesday for the Paycheck Fairness Act without amendments. 
When you click the above link, we’ll provide you with your Senators’ contact information and a sample script for what to say when their staff answers the phone.
It's more important than ever that the Paycheck Fairness Act--which has already passed the House--passes the Senate THIS Wednesday so it can become law.
During the recession moms’ earnings have become increasingly essential for family economic security.  In fact, women are now the primary breadwinners in four out of 10 households [1].   It's time for our Senators to get on the right side of history, help end wage discrimination, and pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
In fact it's long past time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act because frankly things aren't looking up for women's paychecks.  Data recently released by the U.S. Census found that women who worked full-time, year round on average still made 23 cents less for every dollar earned by their male counterparts.  And, the wage gap for women of color in 2009 was even more staggering than for women overall. When Black and Hispanic women work full-time, year round, they only make 62 and 53 cents, respectively, for every dollar their white, non-Hispanic male counterparts earn. [2]
Further, a recent study found that with equal resumes and job experiences, mothers were offered $11,000 lower starting salaries than non-mothers (fathers, on the other hand, were offered $6,000 more in starting salaries than non-fathers).  Since over 80% of women in our nation have children by the time they're 44 years old, the majority of women in our nation are touched by this type of wage discrimination at some point in their lives.
What's the Paycheck Fairness Act and what would it do?
Even though President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, the pay gap has been narrowing by less than half a percent a year.  That means at this rate the pay gap won’t close until 2057.  Forty-seven years from now! With more and more families depending on moms’ paychecks, American families simply cannot afford to wait that long.
If passed, the Paycheck Fairness Act will strengthen the 1963 Equal Pay Act because it will:
  • Deter wage discrimination by strengthening penalties for equal pay violations and by prohibiting retaliation against workers who ask about employers' wage practices or disclose their own wages;
  • Empower women to negotiate for equal pay;
  • Strengthen federal outreach, education and enforcement efforts;
  • Create stronger incentives for employers to follow the law.
American families can’t afford to wait for fair pay any longer! Make the call!  Take 60 seconds now to tell your Senators that the Paycheck Fairness Act must be passed!
Paycheck fairness isn't just a woman’s issue.  Since the majority of families these days need the wages of two parents to make ends meet, getting equal pay for equal work would go a long way toward helping family economic security and putting the nation on the road to economic recovery.
Make the call!  Take 60 seconds to tell your U.S. Senators we’re counting on them to get on the right side of history and vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act! 
And, please also take a moment now to also forward this email around to friends and family so they can make a quick call too.
Together we have the power to make this happen!
- Kristin, Ruth, Donna, Mary, Anita, Sarah and the whole MomsRising Team
P.S. Amplify your message using 21st century media tools! Send a direct message to your Senators via Twitter and post comments on their Facebook walls!
P.S.  Have you ever experienced wage or hiring discrimination?  We're pulling together stories of MomsRising members across the nation to share with U.S. Senators.  Share your story here (and feel free to share anonymously):  http://action.momsrising.org/go/423?akid=2404.1164475.IGY2-M&t=10
[1] Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything” 2009

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This is the Latest Email to Your Child's Teacher From George Soros - His Attempt to Break America's Back With Entitlements

 
 
From: ak-momsrising-2401-1164475.ncsu5px@list.momsrising.org [mailto:ak-momsrising-2401-1164475.ncsu5px@list.momsrising.org]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 8:16 AM
To:
Subject: It is our lifeline
 
Right now, Congress is considering whether or not to maintain investments in critical early learning programs. Congress could make quality child care even harder to find and afford.

Tell Congress to keep families working: Sign our Petition Today!


Take Action

Dear,

“I'm a single mother with two kids under 3, a full-time student, and an employee...so I don't have much time to write. But I have to tell whoever is willing to listen that the child care subsidy I receive has saved my life. I'm able to go back to school to get the kind of job that will help me support the three of us on my own and I'm secure in the knowledge that my children are well-cared for and developmentally stimulated while I can't be with them. They will be ready for school right when I finish and together I see us accomplishing great things. None of this would be possible without that subsidy. It is our lifeline and I thank God for it every day. Please don't take that away.”

--Nan, Washington State

I've read message after message from moms and dads across the country who are struggling to find and afford quality care so they can provide for their families. And I can relate: As a working mom, I've often struggled to find care for my young son.

Which is why I’m asking for your help.

Right now, Congress is considering whether or not to maintain funding for critical early learning programs like child care assistance and Head Start.

Sign on to our petition: Tell Congress to stand up for families and early learning today!
http://action.momsrising.org/go/492?akid=2401.1164475.JmBfjf&t=4

*By clicking this link, you’ll sign on to our short petition that reads:
 Early learning programs build strong families! Pass an omnibus appropriations bill that funds child care, Head Start, and the Early Learning Challenge Fund.

Why does early learning and child care matter right now?

Nearly 12 million children under age five regularly spend time in child care. And we know that quality preschool and early learning programs are crucial --- more than 85% of a child's core brain structure is formed by age five. [1]

In today’s economy it often takes two incomes to make ends meet. Child care is becoming a necessity. Families need to have a safe, enriching place for kids to be while parents work; but the current system is a patchwork with variable standards and finding quality care is tricky and expensive.
 [2]  

Congress rarely sees the full picture of what's going on with modern young families. They need to better understand how their decisions will impact the many moms and dads who are forced to choose between keeping their jobs or having to leave their children in unsafe, unstable child care. [3]  

We can help change this.  Right now, Congress is debating an omnibus appropriations bill and they're deciding if they’ll maintain funding for crucial child care assistance programs and quality preschools like Head Start. [4] At the same time, Congress is also debating the Challenge Fund, which would build comprehensive, high-quality early learning programs for children under age five.

That’s why we’re circulating this petition, and then also personally delivering it to Congress. The more signatures we get, the bigger the impact we will have. Together we can help families who need it find, and afford, the care they need.

***Please don't forget to sign on the link below--and also pass this link on to everyone you know who’d sign this important petition:
http://action.momsrising.org/go/492?akid=2401.1164475.JmBfjf&t=6
 
Together we’re a strong voice for mothers and families,

-- Sarah, Kristin, Claire and Donna

P.S. Thanks to our friends at the National Women's Law Center for all of the hard work they do on this issue.

[1] "Learning Begins at Birth," State Early Childhood Policy Technical Assistance Network (PDF)

[2] U.S. Congressional Committee on Education and Labor, July 2009 (PDF)

[3] Goodman, Peter (2010 May 23). ”Cuts to Child Care Subsidy Thwart More Job Seekers,” New York Times, A-1

[4] http://action.momsrising.org/go/494?akid=2401.1164475.JmBfjf&t=12

 

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Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Friday and Your Child's Teacher Got Two Emails Today From George Soros - The Pressure is on to Destroy our Schools

To:
Subject: Our kids aren't "burned down" houses


Opponents of health care are working hard to roll back the new health care
protections that families worked so hard to pass--like ending pre-existing
conditions exclusions.

We've come too far with health care reform to turn back now on our kids. Donate
$10 or more to keep up the fight!



Dear
A child with a pre-existing health condition is like a "burned down" house that
shouldn't be insured?![1]  Opponents of health care reform are ramping up the
rhetoric and working hard to roll back important new health care
protections--like ending pre-existing condition exclusions.  For example, former
Governor Mike Huckabee compared a person with pre-existing health conditions to
a burned down house:

"It sounds so good, and it's such a warm message to say we're not gonna deny
anyone from a pre-existing condition.  Look, I think that sounds terrific, but I
want to ask you something from a common sense perspective. Suppose we applied
that principle [to] our property insurance. And you can call your insurance
agent and say, 'I'd like to buy some insurance for my house.'  He'd say, 'Tell
me about your house.' 'Well sir, it burned down yesterday, but I'd like to
insure it today.' And he'll say 'I'm sorry, but we can't insure it after it's
already burned.'  Well, no pre-existing conditions." [2]

What?!?

We're talking about people here, not burned down houses!

Colorado MomsRising member Tracy can tell you that her seven-year-old son,
Klaus, who is battling cancer is not a burned down house.  And Florida
MomsRising member Dawn can tell you that her four-year-old son, Wesley, who
finally obtained coverage for an eye condition after the recent passage of
health care reform is not a burned down house.

Our voices are urgently needed to remind the opponents of health care reform of
the obvious: We're talking about people--children, mothers, fathers, sisters,
and brothers--and not about buildings.  The time is now to come together to
bring the common sense voices of MomsRising members like Tracy and Dawn straight
to the halls of Congress, and to ramp up our efforts to reach out to the media
and share what's really going on with parents across the nation.

Health care reform is critical to millions of families.  If 1,000 parents donate
just $10 we'll meet our goal this week of raising $10,000 to bring forward the
voices and experiences of families across the nation directly to members of
Congress.

Can you help us out by donating $10 or more today?

 What's the plan? MomsRising members will work in unison with other national
organizations to amplify the messages to Congress in the coming weeks, reminding
them that America's families support and need health reform.  We'll remind
Congress that they need to keep standing up for families, not health insurance
lobbyists.  And we'll make sure Congress can't ignore us by donning our
MomsRising supermom t-shirts and personally delivering these messages with
on-the-ground members in DC, and also bringing moms like Tracy and Dawn straight
to Congress to share their experiences.  (There's nothing like TV images of fed
up moms to make elected officials nervous.)

Congress needs to hear that our kids aren't burned down houses. They are people. 
People who need health care reform to keep moving forward.  No excuses.

But we need your help. We can't keep up the fight without your continued
support.  Can you help out now by donating $10 or more?

Our children and our families are our nation's future and we can't roll back the
gains we've made for our families like ending pre-existing condition exclusions
and making it illegal for insurers to drop people when they get sick.[3]

Now is the time to give it all we've got.

We have fought too hard and too long to turn back.  Please donate now and join
us to fight for our children's future.

Thank you for the heroism you show every day!

--Kristin, Donna, Julissa, Sarah, Joan, Mary, Ashley, Anita, and the MomsRising
Team



[1,2] Huckabee Says No To Insurance For People With Pre-Existing
Conditions<You can also read hundreds of health care stories from MomsRising members across
the nation via this link.



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George Soros is Worried Obama Will Cave to Tea Party in an Email Today to Your Teachers

From: Steven Biel, MoveOn.org Political Action [moveon-help@list.moveon.org]
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 8:32 AM
To:
Subject: Obama should fight, not fold

Since the election, Republicans are demanding "no compromises." And some
Democrats are telling President Obama to give in, starting with a tax bailout
for millionaires. We're launching a big, ongoing campaign to urge President
Obama to fight back—and give him the grassroots backing he needs to win. Can you
chip in $15 a month?

Contribute Now

Dear  member,

For two years, Republicans did nothing but obstruct and attack. And now they're
demanding "no compromises" and saying that their #1 priority this year is to
make Obama a one-term president.1

Now more than ever, we need President Obama to fight for average Americans. But
too many Democrats are telling Obama that he needs to cave in and adopt more
Republican policies—starting by giving a huge tax bailout to millionaires.2

That would be a disaster. So we're launching a huge campaign to urge President
Obama not to back down—and also give him the grassroots backing he needs to come
out on top.

To head off the Republican assault, it's going to take a sustained effort—and we
need to know we'll have the resources to pull it off. Can you chip in $15 per
month? It's easy and you can cancel at any time. Click here to donate:

If Obama gives in on the Bush tax cuts, that will only further embolden the
Republicans to demand more—on Social Security, health care reform, and cuts to
everything from PBS to public schools.

To convince Obama to fight, we'll turn out large crowds to rallies and town hall
meetings. If corporate Democrats side with Republicans, we'll light up their
phones like a Christmas tree.

Just as important, we'll give President Obama the political muscle he needs to
win these fights. We'll run ads in key areas that reinforce politically
effective messages, like how we need to invest in jobs for working people, not
bail out millionaires.

And we'll push back against Republican deception and demand that the media stop
treating bald-faced lies like "death panels" as "the other side of the issue."
We'll demand retractions, write letters to the editor, and call for boycotts of
TV stations that put proven liars like Rush Limbaugh and Andrew Breitbart on the
air.

To turn the country around—and win politically—President Obama must fight for
regular Americans, not give in to the Republicans.

But we also can't expect Obama to do it all on his own. Progressives need to
step up and fight too. If you can chip in $15 a month, that will help give us
the resources we need to start this campaign off with a bang and keep it going
as long as it takes. Click here to donate:

Thanks for all you do.

–Steven, Nita, Duncan, Carrie, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "McConnell Eases Talk of a Thaw," The New York Times, November 4, 2010
2. "Where Do Democrats Go Next?" The New York Times, November 2, 2010
"Sen. Mark Warner Equates Progressives With Tea Party Activists, Provoking
Outrage From MoveOn," The Huffington Post, November 9, 2010
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It's Official Our Schools Have Been Taken Over By a Foreign Power - The American Flag is Now Dangerous - Looks Like George Soros's Emails Are Working

The Left - Watch What They Do, Not What They Say!: It's Official Our Schools Have Been Taken Over By ...: "Written by Doug Powers Denair appears to be one of those few Republican pockets sewn into the left-wing straight-jacket that is Kalifornis..."

George Soros - New Email to Your Child's Teacher - They Are Worried About You Stopping Obama-Care

Subject: Join me and fight for my son's future

Opponents of health reform are vowing to repeal and defund health care reform
when the new Congress begins.

Join me in signing this letter to Congress and state legislators telling them
we've come too far to turn our backs on kids and families!


Dear

My 7-year-old son, Klaus, has been battling a rare cancer called sarcoma for
over 3 years.  And, as a MomsRising member from Boulder, Colorado, I fought for
health care reform--and I'll keep fighting for it so all kids who need care, can
get care.  Our family sent letters to Congress and stayed up late the night of
the final vote on the health care bill in order to watch the votes being
counted.  We shouted with joy when it passed because we'd no longer have to
worry that Klaus' treatment would be denied because of his pre-existing
condition, or that he'd hit the annual or lifetime limit for his care.

But now these common sense health protections for my son--and for all the kids
in our nation--may be threatened.  In the wake of last week's election, many
opponents of health reform are vowing to repeal and defund health care reform
when the new Congress begins.

As the mother of a child fighting cancer, I know that we absolutely can't return
to the bad old days when insurers could drop us when we got sick or exclude our
children from coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Please join me in signing this letter to Congress and state legislators telling
them that we've come too far to turn our backs on kids and families.  Keep
moving forward implementing health care reform!

MomsRising will deliver this letter with your signature--along with the
signatures of MomsRising members across the nation--to our new state and
Congressional leaders to demonstrate strong public support for moving forward
with the full implementation of health care reform.

Cancer lays a heavy burden on families, but health insurer tactics to exclude
sick people from coverage only exacerbates this burden and leaves many families
in bankruptcy.  How much more pressure do families have to face along with the
devastation of a serious illness?  Health care reform was one giant step forward
in doing what's right for our country and its families--and we need to keep
moving forward.

There may not be a cure for my son's sarcoma at this time, and this fact weighs
heavily on our family.  But knowing that our health insurance is secure because
of health care reform, gives us some peace of mind.

Please join me in signing this letter to Congress and state legislators telling
them that we've come too far to turn our backs on kids and families.  Keep
moving forward implementing health care reform--and keep protecting your
constituents against the health insurance industry's worst abuses!

We must make sure our leaders know that no matter what, there is no way
America's families want to go back to the bad old days when insurers could drop
us when we got sick or exclude our children because of pre-existing conditions.

MomsRising members are powerful and we'll fight together for our kids!

Thanks so much for your support!

Tracy and the MomsRising Team



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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

George Soros Wants Your Child - Teacher Email Today

Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2010 9:26 AM
To:
Subject: can you afford childcare?



Dear
While the election is still being pondered by political pundits, real life goes on... including the struggle of real life parents to get affordable access to quality early care and education for their kids so they can get to work.  But that struggle may get a lot tougher.

In the next few weeks, Congress will be debating investments in early care and education (child care, preschool, headstart, etc.).  During this debate, Congress will mainly be fighting over statistics--but our kids are more than numbers, and Congress needs more than statistics in order to get a real understanding of parenthood in America.

With child care hanging in the balance right now, it’s more important than ever to bring the voices and experiences of parents (like you!) to the halls of Congress.

*Tell us all about it: Good, bad, funny, or sad experiences with finding, paying for, or getting great child care. We want to hear it all! 

Click here to share your experience with us:
*Almost every parent has had a memorable experience with child care, preschool, or early learning at some point in their lives: The frantic search for affordable care, long waiting lists, or fabulous teachers that inspired your children. Your experiences are important and powerful. Click the above link and tell us all about it.

Sharing these personal experiences of parents makes a huge difference when we're talking to legislators (of any stripe). In fact, your experiences are our strongest legislative tool.

The combined voices of parents from across the country have been proven to be more powerful than any pin-stripe-suited lobbyist.

We're compiling all of your feedback into a book of MomsRising member experiences that we'll give to members of Congress. We'll personally present this book to your legislators as we educate them about the need for quality, affordable early learning and child care opportunities for all children.

You see, you are not alone. Nearly 12 million children under age 5 regularly spend time in childcare arrangements, but it's a patchwork system with variable standards and finding quality care is tricky and expensive.
[1] Yet, quality preschool and early learning programs are crucial--- and more than 85% of a child's core brain structure is formed by age 5.[2]

Sharing your experiences finding or affording child care will help make these statistics real to lawmakers—and could lead to great policy. And, after all, great early care and education policy isn’t just great for families, it’s great for our country’s economy.  In fact, every dollar invested in quality early care and education saves taxpayers considerable dollars in future costs.[3]

I'm sure your friends and family have had some interesting experiences too, so pass this link along by forwarding this email far and wide to friends and family now. Every voice makes us stronger!

Here's that link again so you can share your experiences:

Together we are a powerful voice for families,

-- Sarah, Claire, Kristin, Donna and the whole MomsRising.org team

P.S. Thanks to our friends at the National Women's Law Center for all of the hard work they do on this issue.
[1] U.S. Congressional Committee on Education and Labor, July 2009 PDF:[2] Child and Family Policy Center and Voices for America's Children, 2004
[3] "Early Childhood Education for All A Wise Investment," MIT Workplace Center PDF: Like what we're doing? . Your donations make the work of MomsRising.org possible--and we deeply appreciate your support. Every little bit counts.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Your Child's Teacher Got This Email Today From George Soros - Danger


From: Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Political Action [mailto:moveon-help@list.moveon.org?]
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 12:57 PM
To:
Subject: Host a Potluck for Progress?


The election hurts, but we don't have time to mourn, especially with the Republicans promising "no compromises." So MoveOn members are holding "Potlucks for Progress" on Sunday, November 14 to discuss how we can get back on track—and eat. Can you host a potluck?


Dear 
After an election like this one, there's only one thing to do: EAT!
Well, eat and figure out together how we're going to get our country back on track.
Republicans are promising "no compromise" on repealing health care reform and giving another big tax bailout to millionaires.1 We need to show President Obama that we want him to fight—and that we'll help him win if he does.
So on Sunday, November 14, we're organizing "Potlucks for Progress" around the country to share some home cooking and figure out together what comes next.
Can you host a potluck? We want to make sure progressives in your city have a place to gather. Click the link if you can host:
Hosting a potluck is super-easy and fun. All you have to do is provide the space and some plates and silverware to eat with, and we'll do all the recruitment to let people know the event is happening.
The best time to hold your potluck is at 7 p.m. Eastern Time (that's 4 p.m. Pacific Time), when we'll have a live conference call with a special guest (to be announced).
Lots of people need a breather after working day and night for weeks or months. But this is no time to let down our guard. The Republicans have already shown that they will do nothing but obstruct and attack. We need to show President Obama that if he fights back, progressives will stand behind him.
These potlucks will be the first important step to fight back and get America back on track. Can you host a potluck in your city?
Thanks for all you do.
–Justin, Duncan, Steven, Marika, and the rest of the team
Source:
1. "McConnell Eases Talk of a Thaw" The New York Times, November 4, 2010
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Friday, November 5, 2010

George Soros is Worried About Nancy Pelosi - Are You?

From: Nita Chaudhary, MoveOn.org Political Action [mailto:moveon-help@list.moveon.org]
Sent: Friday, November 05, 2010 9:08 AM
To: 
Subject: Tell Speaker Pelosi you want her to stay
Speaker Pelosi is a passionate, principled leader and we need her to stay on and keep fighting for progressive priorities. Can you call and tell her you're counting on her to lead Democrats in the new Congress?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi
202-225-0100

Dear MoveOn member,  
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the strongest, most progressive leaders in Washington.
Her determination brought health care reform back to life last winter, when the Senate and the White House were ready to scale back.  She fought harder than anyone for bigger, better job creation bills. And right now, she is the strongest voice in leadership for ending Bush's millionaire tax bailout. 


But after Tuesday's elections, some corporate Democrats are taking the wrong lesson—saying that Democrats should be less progressive and more like the Republicans. And they're pushing Speaker Pelosi to step down. 


This would be a terrible loss for progressives, and for the country. 


Pelosi is deciding right now whether to stay on as the leader of the Democratic Caucus, and she needs to hear from the millions of progressives who want her to stay. Can you call her office and tell her that you're counting on her to lead the Democrats in the new Congress? 

 

Here's the number:

 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi — 202-225-0100

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Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Laura, Duncan, Daniel, and the rest of the team

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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From: Justin Ruben, MoveOn.org Political Action [mailto:moveon-help@list.moveon.org]
Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 AM
To:
Subject: The Election
 
Dear MoveOn member,

There's no sugarcoating it. The election results overall are devastating. 

And already, pundits are telling Democrats they "overreached," and need to be less progressive.

Well, here's our take: Americans needed to see Democrats out there, every day, fighting tooth and nail for regular folks. But too often, on things like the AIG bonus scandal and the foreclosure crisis, they saw corporate lobbyists getting their way while people suffered.

Democrats made genuine and significant progress on issues like health care and Wall Street reform. But the Republicans, Fox, and corporate front groups systematically misled America about all of that. And then those same groups spent hundreds of millions to put Republicans over the top.

Progressive heroes like Russ Feingold, Alan Grayson, and Tom Perriello stood up for everything we believe in. But they were swamped by voter frustration and corporate cash.

It sure makes the change we seek seem a long way off.

But when I'm tempted to throw up my hands and walk away, I think of folks like Steve Nathan, an amazing MoveOn volunteer leader in Pennsylvania. Since Steve got laid off months ago, he's been splitting his time between hunting for a job and helping organize hundreds of other MoveOn members.

Then, two weeks ago, Steve arrived home from four hours out knocking on the doors of Democratic voters to find a foreclosure notice taped to his own door. "I'm in shock and stunned," he wrote us in an email, apologizing for needing to cut back on his duties. But Steve didn't cut back—he's been out knocking on doors and coordinating volunteers almost every day since.

Just like thousands of other MoveOn members who tirelessly canvassed, held house parties, and made calls all year.

When I talked to Steve yesterday, he told me that, win or lose, house or no house, he's not stopping his work for change. "Doing that," he said, "would mean giving up all hope, and I'll never do that."

We can't either.

Because Steve's work—and your work—has made a difference. Now millions of people will get health care. Some of the worst Wall Street abuses have been reined in. Billions have been invested in clean energy.

We can't give up hope because our country is still hurting. And if corporate Republicans and tea partiers have their way, things will get a lot worse.

We can't stop fighting because we carry in our hearts a vision of Americans coming together to take care of each other and make our country work again. And if we don't fight for that vision, who will?

Today, we should all take a breath. 

Tomorrow we need to get back to work. 

Our country needs us still.

Thank you—for all you did this year to make change happen, and all you will do to keep up the fight.

–Justin, Aaron, Adam, Amy, Anna, Annie, Carrie, Christopher, Daniel, David, Duncan, Eli, Emily, Gail, Ian, Ilya, Ilyse, Jarred, Joan, Kat, Laura, Lenore, Mariana, Marika, Matthew, Melanie, Michael B., Michael S., Milan, Nick, Nita, Patrick, Perrin, Peter, Randall, Robin, Ryan, Sam, Scott, Stephen, Steven, Susannah, Tim C., Tim G., and Wes

P.S. What do you think about the election? Post your thoughts, and see what other MoveOn members are saying, here:

http://pol.moveon.org/2010/discuss.html?id=25019-16589519-6J8iXpx&t=1

 

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