Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.


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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Attention Debt Committee Democrats

Take Action!
A message from CREDO Action:

We have a jobs crisis in America. Unfortunately, the debt limit deal that was signed into law last week goes in the wrong direction.
In fact, it will give a dozen members of Congress who have been appointed to a new deficit committee much greater power to shred the social safety net and harm our economy.
The Democrats on this new committee must hold the line and pledge to only support a package that includes:
  1. New revenues that exceed any additional cuts
  2. A job creation package
This special committee will be evenly split between Republicans and Democrats and will have the ability to force Congress to vote on a deficit reduction proposal that can be neither amended nor filibustered.
The Republican appointees have all signed Grover Norquist's pledge never to raise taxes. But some of the Democrats seem more willing to cut a deal.
We cannot allow the Democrats to replicate the same toxic dynamic (Republican intransigence met with Democratic accommodation) that led to the debt ceiling debacle in the first place.
With Republicans controlling the House and Democratic senators frequently joining Republicans in demagoguery about the debt, it's very easy to see how this committee could propose what amounts to an attack on the poor and middle class.
A single Democratic defection could prove disastrous.
Thank you for speaking out.
Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets
P.S. The Democrats on the debt committee are: Sens. Patty Murray, Max Baucus and John Kerry, and Reps. Xavier Becerra, Chris Van Hollen and James Clyburn.
With so much at stake, we need them all to stand strong and reject the Republican attacks on the social safety net. Click here to automatically sign the petition telling them to hold the line on jobs and revenue.

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