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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Sunday, March 18, 2012

First Step Toward Fair Taxes

MoveOn Council Delivers Bush Tax Cuts Petition to Obama 2012 HQ in ChicagoA message from MoveOn:  My name is Dave Moore, and I'm the new volunteer MoveOn Council Coordinator in Chicago.

Getting the president to fight hard for the middle class and working people like me is incredibly important. That's why I joined the Council and signed both MoveOn petitions calling on President Obama to veto any extension of the Bush tax cuts for the 1%.
We asked for it, and we got it. The Obama administration is now on the record saying that they won't extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.1Ending these giveaways is a critical first step to making sure that millionaires and billionaires start paying their fair share in 2013.
I delivered the signatures of 250,000 MoveOn members to the Obama reelection campaign headquarters in downtown Chicago to thank him for this commitment, and at the same time to ask him to oppose lowering the corporate tax rate.2 
We can make this veto commitment stick by showing the president that regular Americans support it. It'll convince him to keep fighting for the 99%, and it will show people the tremendous power we have when we take action together. So we've got to make sure that as many people as possible share this victory with their friends and family on huge social networks like Facebook.
We won this important victory, but this ain't over—not even close. The 1% have highly-paid lobbyists to rig the tax game in their favor. At the end of this year, they will fight tooth-and-nail to keep their elevated status, not caring who they step on. We've got to stand together to fight them back at every turn.
We need a tax plan for the 99%, not more tax giveaways to bankers and big corporations.So I'm gonna keep marching, signing and sharing petitions, and getting my friends and neighbors involved in campaigns to make sure everyone pays their fair share. I need you to do the same—for me, your fellow MoveOn members, and the whole country.
Spread the good news about the Bush tax cuts victory today. We have to share the victories we win, which will propel us to even bigger ones in the battles to come.
This work is important to me because so many systems in this country exist to take the work and wealth of the 99% and systematically funnel it to the very richest among us. If we don't stand up to them, we will see more and more inequality in our country. My hope is that others will join in the movement toward equality of rights and opportunity.
Thank you,
–Dave Moore
Sources:
1. "'Taxmageddon' looms at end of payroll tax holiday," The Washington Post, February 18, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=271504&id=37203-18623853-WllvKix&t=3
2. "Local protest at Obama campaign office," abc7chicago.com, February 28, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=272202&id=&id=37203-18623853-WllvKix&t=4
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