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, April 8, 2012

Ryan Budget Takes You!

A message from AAUW: This is not shared sacrifice.
The House of Representatives has already passed Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) brand-new budget, which slashes hundreds of billions of dollars from low-income programs while cutting taxes for our nation's wealthiest. To be clear, this proposal cuts taxes for everyone -- but the average cut for those with yearly incomes over $1 million (12.5 percent) is six times greater than the cut for middle-income people (1.9 percent). The Ryan budget would also maintain current tax cuts -- but only for high-income families; this plan would allow the tax cuts for working-poor and middle-class households to expire.
This budget imposes trillions of dollars in spending cuts, 62 percent of which would come from low-income programs that women and families rely on, like Medicare, Medicaid, and federal student aid programs.
The Ryan budget flies in the face of reason. The budget should never be used as a weapon to wage war on programs critical to the economic security of women and families while handing out enormous tax cuts to the wealthiest earners. AAUW unequivocally opposes Ryan's plan, which relies on flawed math and assumptions, and will do real and lasting harm to families, workers, and retirees.
Contact your senators today: Tell them to oppose the Ryan budget when it is introduced in the Senate. Instead Congress should develop a sensible budget that promotes job creation and economic security, defends the civil rights of all Americans, and protects women’s rights.
To send a message asking your senators to oppose the Ryan budget, visit AAUW Two-Minute Activist or click on the "Take Action" link in the upper right hand corner of this email.
Remember: You can always help strengthen AAUW's efforts to fight sexual violence and assault by making a tax-deductible donation to AAUW's Public Policy Fund!
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