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Coffee Party Takes a Strong Step Forward

This morning the Coffee Party announced that it will be focusing its attention on financial reform and campaign reform, and is polling members to determine the specific legislation it will focus its efforts on.   For those who have been observing the Coffee Party with cautious optimism, this is great news, and a tremendous step forward for the nascent organization.

Financial reform and campaign finance reform are not sexy issues, but they are both critical issues America needs to confront now.  They are also not easy topics to grapple with.  I know this from having studied the issues closely on behalf of the Coffee Party research team.  The Coffee Party deserves credit for engaging two complicated issues that matter rather than  more superficial issues that lend themselves to easier messaging.

The Bull Moose Movement stands for the improving the civic education of Americans so that they can make the right choices at the ballot box and be engaged enough to pressure their elected officials between elections.  The Coffee Party has demonstrated the potential to play a similar role, but we have all been waiting to see how their online sign-ups and coffee house meetings will translate into meaningful engagement and action.

By choosing these issues, the Coffee Party is demonstrating a willingness to tackle important, substantive issues.  This is a relief, as I, and many others were unconvinced of their initial goal, which was to ‘foster a more civil dialogue.’  We wondered what the dialogue would actually be about, and the answer, reassuringly, is a discussion of two major policies.

The selection of campaign finance reform and financial reform also demonstrate the Coffee Party’s astute dedication to big-tent political issues.  Both of these issues should be bi-partisan/non-partisan, and Republican opposition in Washington to both is astonishingly out of touch with independents and moderates.   Never in recent memory has Republican hypocrisy been more flagrant than on the issue of financial reform.  Even as Republicans slam the bailout initiated by George Bush that many of them voted for, and label Obama the Wall Street President, they shake down Wall Street for campaign handouts in return for their continued opposition to reform.

It still remains to be seen what exactly the Coffee Party will do to follow up discussions about these reforms.  I suppose 100,000 people calling their Congressional representatives would send a strong message, but more effort than that went into stopping the Iraq War and fighting for the public option. Most elected officials are obstinate people who read their campaign treasurer’s reports before they ask how their constituents are doing.

My hope is that the Coffee Party will  embrace the promotion of civic education that we are pushing for at the Bull Moose Movement.  Really get into neighborhoods and talk to neighbors, small businesses and local media about why all of this matters.  The Bull Moose Movement’s goals are extremely long-term, as civic education on the larger issue of corporate influence can’t happen overnight, or in one election cycle.  That is why we do not really lobby for specific bills, which are often heavily watered down by the time the ‘debate’ starts (see: Senate financial reform bill).   That said, the Coffee Party is strong in numbers, and could perhaps provide the last bit of momentum needed to push this weak sauce financial reform bill through.  As for campaign finance reform, 100,000 phone calls won’t be enough to get the changes we need, but it’s not a bad start.

Anyone Can Organize

To achieve true progress in America, we need a dramatic increase in civic engagement. Changing how millions of people approach the democratic process can feel daunting, and over the past few weeks, some folks have written me that they support the Bull Moose Movement in spirit, but because of work or family obligations, don’t have time to ‘take to the streets.’  I am sympathetic to peoples’ concerns that they can’t participate.  Activism has traditionally been seen as a time-intensive commitment to long meetings, knocking on strangers doors, chanting in the streets, even risking arrest.  Many people have children to raise and long hours to work, or live far from the urban centers where such activism often takes place.  The Bull Moose Movement, however, still wants you involved.

The Bull Moose Movement recognizes the need for robust organizing online and in the neighborhood.  The neighborhood is the community we lean on in our daily lives, and neighbors, whether they are friends or strangers, share many of the same concern.   Reaching out within the neighborhood is vital to producing long-term systemic change.   Online we can find treasure troves of information, like-minded people and organizations, and pool resources.   The two pillars of organizing can be implemented by anyone, anywhere.

Promoting civic education and reform in your neighborhoods is easy, because you can start by engaging the same people you already know- the folks in your schools, offices, parks and local stores.  I worked out of a coffee shop some morning last fall, and marveled at the social network of mothers who would rendezvous with their young children in strollers every day.   It will be awkward at first to talk about social and political issues with certain groups of people, but rather than lecturing your hardware store owner on financial regulatory reform, ask him how his business is going in the current market.   Ask your child’s teacher what obstacles she is facing in providing your child the ideal education.  Talk to your neighbor about the plan you read about to rescue underwater mortgages.  Ask a friend to come with you to your representative’s next town hall meeting.

Similarly, anyone stuck at home with the capacity to read this post has the magic of the internet at her fingertips.  I’ve written previously on how online organizing needs to graduate from its current state, which is overly reliant on steering a passive audience to large list-serve, to a platform for interactive forums and planning.  If you come across an article you think other Bull Moosers should be sharing, post it on the Facebook Wall.  Reach out to fellow Bull Moosers in your area. Email other group members who write or post things that interest you.  Although I’ll admit it feels a little weird to have burgeoning relationships with folks across the country who I’ve never met in person, this is 2010, and we should all start getting used to it.   Finally, use the Bull Moose website to promote your local contributions civic engagement.  In the next few weeks, one of our members from Wisconsin will be have a page of the website devoted to her project teaching self-sustainability.

And any successful movement needs to have highly visible and energetic supporters who do take to the streets and engage the public, and we have our share of experienced traditional activists in the organization.  But if that’s not you, don’t worry.  We’re all in this together, and all hands are on deck.  I look forward to organizing with all of you.

Legislators In Name Only: So What Do You Do, Exactly?

We’ve all had jobs where we have difficulty explaining what exactly we do, but elected officials, who are prominent public figures, should not be having that problem.   We call them legislators, yet very few of them actually legislate. What they are really up to is the topic of today’s article.

This entire political era is so awash with corporate funding that no single election or piece of legislation can fix it.  That is why we must begin the work of a generation, empowering people through civic education that in the long term will change the American public’s expectation of their political leaders, a process discussed in this ongoing series on improving democracy.

In Part I, The Bull Moose and the Sneaky Corporate Beast, we looked at the rationale for corporate influence and recognized that whether corporate influence comes in the blunt for of an Exxon commercial or a below the radar donation to the Chamber of Commerce, it is an adversarial force that is not going away.

In Part II, Sense of Entitlement, we observed another corrosive aspect of today’s political culture, the elected politician’s belief that he or she is a reverent figure, not a public servant, a worldview derived in part from a lavish corporate-funded  lifestyle that allows elected politicians the opportunity to avoid their actual constituents as much as possible.

In Part III, Politicians Are Crack Fiends for Cash, we assessed the politician’s desperate needs for constant campaign cash, a need that inevitably plays into the hands of cash-rich corporations looking to make a sound investment.

In Part IV, the most recent piece, Movin’ On Up, we marveled at the brazenness of politicians who use their elected positions as electoral placeholders and spend all their time campaigning for the next office, rather than getting any work done in their current office.

Today, in Part V, we explore what our elected officials are really doing with their time, and how to demand accountability.  Keeping in mind that Congress is not in session for large chunks of the year, and local legislatures are in session even less, what exactly are these folks getting done:

#1 Fundraising:  The amount of time our elected officials spend fundraising is disgusting for a variety of reasons, especially considering the usual sources of funding.   There are fundraising dinners and galas, and the various ‘receptions’ sponsored by interest groups.  True, these events normally take place after the “work day”, but as we’ll see, the work day itself is pretty thin.  But most elected officials spend hours every day “dialing for dollars,” work that potential donors or past donors list for contributions.

#2 Constituent Services:  Indeed, this is the one thing most smart offices actually do, though as we saw in the case of New York State Senator Pedro Espada, not even all officials bother with it.  Constituents call with various government benefit or government service issues, and the unpaid intern or low-paid staffer helps them out.   Hardly ever does the elected official himself get involved in such relatively trivial issues, however.  Thus, I am hard-pressed to give an elected official “credit” for constituent services.

#3 Voting:  Over the last four months, America watched the drama of passing a healthcare bill play out.  Granted, there were some Congressional leaders who worked their asses of getting the bill together, and even unhelpful participants like Congressman Stupak and Senator Gregg at least engaged in the process.  But of our 535 members of Congress, I’m guesstimating that at least 400 had absolutely no role crafting the final bill or any amendment to it.  They were presented with the same information as the American public, and just had to decide “yes” or “no.”    Voting is not hard, folks.  We’ve all done it, lots of times.   Here is the legislators guide to voting:

Majority party members:

Step 1: Await party leaders’ instructions on when to vote “yes” and when to vote “no”, especially on complicated procedural motions. Ornery, centrist Democrats, skip to Step 2.

Step 2: Make sure not to anger the donors:  These reelections don’t pay for themselves.  Is there a way you can complain about this being a government intrusion?

Minority party members (Republican):

Vote no.  Try to completely block a vote from happening, if possible.

Minority party members (Democrat):

Complain and “lead charge” to stop the bill.  Ultimately vote for bill anyway if lobbying pressure is strong.

That’s pretty much it.  Legislative leadership will ensure that wildly unpopular bills will never make it to a vote, or at least will be properly framed to confuse the electorate in advance.   It’s quite rare that a legislator has to make “the tough choice” between his party and his constituents back home.  Sure, Michigan legislators always support the auto industry, Texans support oil, West Virginians support coal mining, Arkansans support Walmart and New Yorkers support Wall Street, but those special interest groups are tough enough to block meaningful reforms in any of those areas before a bill comes up for a vote anyway.

So the next time your legislator votes the right way, cross yourself and be thankful they didn’t vote the wrong way, but don’t get head over heels about it.  This part of the job is simply not hard work for most legislators, and any of you could do it.

#4 Hearings: A few years ago I was thrilled to see one of my closest friends testifying on climate change before Congressman Markey, chairman of an important committee.  The camera wisely focused on my friend’s face, because as soon as it zoomed out, viewers realized that Congressman Markey was the only Congressman in attendance- the others hadn’t even bothered to send staffers.

The problem is no less acute in local politics- when I was working at the New York City Council, I became quite acquainted with the City Council hearing process, which usually involved one or two members doing the questioning, and others showing up hours late, or just making brief appearances, in order to ‘clock in’ for the day.

Finally, many important hearings are rigged against reform.  Unbelievably, in the weeks of healthcare hearings presided over by Senator Max Baucus, not a single representative of single-payer reform was even allowed to speak.  Several medical professions advocating for single-payer did try to demonstrate the hearings, and were promptly arrested.

#5  Meetings: “The Congressman is in a meeting.” Put simply, legislators should publicly post their schedules.  I remember attending one set of meetings. I was with AIPAC as one of their student delegates (LONG story), and we were given access to a Senator and a Congressman, as well as other staffs.  We’d go in, exchange pleasantries, joke around.  The AIPAC rep would explain to the official or staffer what vote he was looking for on a certain bill.  The official or staffer agreed, and we were on our way, maybe after a snack.

#6 Pandering/Media Outreach:  Rare if the gifted legislator like Eddie Murphy’s “Distinguished Gentleman”, who sees a constituent suffering and introduces legislation to help.  Most press releases are reactionary, behind the ball, finger-wagging at the culprit de jour, sometimes with the half-hearted promise to do something about the situation.   Media outreach is critical to a politician’s survival, so I’m not condemning the practice, merely the emptiness that usually accompanies it.

#7 Debate:  Just kidding. While we can certainly give props to the C-Span regulars on both sides of the aisle, it’s depressing to watch the camera pan to a completely empty gallery.

#8  Legislating:  Finally, we get to legislatin’.  So who writes these long, complicated laws?

In the New York City Council, the legal counsel to the City Council will receive a one or two paragraph description of the law the councilman wants to pass, and then do most of the work.  Congressmen have legal staffers to do legislative work, and Committee play an important role.   Sometimes special interests groups and lobbyists hand legislators pre-written bills that are only partially modified before becoming law.  Only a rare politician like Representative Alan Grayson takes personal ownership of his own bills, and he hasn’t exactly passed many of them.

#9 Running An Office:  Should a legislator receive credit for running an office?  And don’t most executives get credit for the work of their subordinate staff?  The difference is that in the private sector or in the non-profit world, at least in theory, executives’ success or failure directly impacts their access to resources, including staff.   However, every elected legislator receives a staff, an office and numerous perks, no matter how much he won his election by, or how little he accomplished last term.  It is not impressive to “run” an office that comes with a fixed budget and staff size year after year, especially when the Chief of Staff deals with its personnel issues.

Conclusion: This article has already gone on longer than I intended it to.  So much to say about how little our elected officials do.  I realize, upon reading it over, that it comes off as extremely cynical.  But when we started the Bull Moose Movement, it was our goal to take a big step back and look at odious trends in our democratic politics, rather than get hung up on individual leaders or bills.

In the next piece, I’ll discuss possible ways to make sure politicians are doing their jobs.  My hope is that demanding more from our elected officials can become a universal rallying cry, as it’s the least partisan reform imaginable.  For now, however, take a hard look at your own legislator, even putting politics aside.  Does your representative hold hearings, invite the key players, and ask the hard questions?  Does your representative take the findings and respond with action, including drafting legislation?  Most importantly, is your representative spending more time listening to the issues your community is facing or fundraising for the next election? The answer is a phone call away.

Moving On Up- Pols’ lust for power trumps duties of office

This entire political era is so awash with corporate funding that no single election or piece of legislation can fix it.  That is why we must begin the work of a generation, empowering people through civic education that in the long term will change the American public’s expectation of their political leaders, a process discussed in this ongoing series.

In the first piece, The Bull Moose and the Sneaky Corporate Beast, we looked at the rationale for corporate influence and recognized that whether corporate influence comes in the blunt for of an Exxon commercial or a below the radar donation to the Chamber of Commerce, it is an adversarial force that is not going away.

In the second piece, Sense of Entitlement, we observed another corrosive aspect of today’s political culture, the elected politician’s belief that he or she is a reverent figure, not a public servant, a worldview derived in part from a lavish corporate-funded  lifestyle that allows elected politicians the opportunity to avoid their actual constituents as much as possible.

In the third and most recent piece, Politicians Are Crack Fiends for Cash, we assessed the politician’s desperate needs for constant campaign cash, a need that inevitably plays into the hands of cash-rich corporations looking to make a sound investment.

There are plenty of theoretical legislative remedies available to address the problems described above, but the Bull Moose Movement wants to focus on non-legislative remedies that empower citizens, and don’t subject them to the counter-incentivized good will of politicians.  In the last piece, we encouraged constituents to demand that their officials not hold political fundraisers during the first year (or first months) of their terms, so that they can focus on legislating.   Today’s focus will be on the politician’s constant quest for higher glory.

While it is unclear how many elected officials at one point harbor dreams of becoming president, there is no question that most salivate at the prospect of moving up the ladder- better pay, more perks, and a better corporate escape parachute in the event of political misfortune.   This is not inherently wrong; politicians have chosen the profession of politics, and they want promotions in their line of work just like we all do in ours.   The problem is that in today’s political culture, the most important criteria in a candidate’s electoral viability is his or her fundraising prowess, incentivizing a pol to fundraise rather than focus on doing his or her job well.  A politician elected to a four-year term may want to run for a higher office at the end of those four years.  That requires beginning a campaign in earnest two years beforehand.  To do so requires serious fundraising in the year leading up that two year stretch.  All of a sudden, that pol has thrown away three of the four years the voters elected him for in order to pursue higher office.

Getting politicians on the record that they will commit to serving out their term is surprisingly difficult.  Hillary Clinton famously refused to rule out running for president, though in her case the Senate was quite obviously a stepping stone from the beginning.   In the case of local politicians, citizens should expect greater humility.    In the spring of 2009, I moderated a forum for the candidates running for New York City Public Advocate at Fordham Law School.  The position of Public Advocate, while full of potential, had been under-utilized by the incumbent, and a major criteria for the primary electorate was a candidate who would restore some weight to the office.  When I asked Mark Green, the presumptive front-runner and eventual loser, whether he would pledge to focus on the office rather than prepare for a 2013 mayoral run, he dismissed my question as “ridiculous”, saying that no candidate should ever have to forswear running for higher office during their term. I respectfully disagree.

Barring an extraordinary circumstance, like an opportunity presented by death or scandal, an elected official cannot do a good job while constantly preparing to run for the next higher office.  The amount of time that fundraising and campaigning require causes elected officials to miss legislative votes and focus on publicity stunts rather than draft meaningful reforms.  The body of significant work most election-driven pols accomplish is negligible.

As noted in the Sense of Entitlement piece, however, politicians just think they are so invaluable to us members of the public that we would rather have a year and a half of hard work out of Mark Green as Public Advocate than four years from one of his opponents.   They don’t realize that taxpayer dollars are paying them to do their job.  How would your employer feel if you spent half of your workday going to interviews and searching the web for a new, better job? What if you took off for three weeks of paid leave to look around, explore your options?

I know that despite Mark Green’s arrogant retort, I’ll be asking every politician who asks for my vote how interested they are in doing their job, not using my vote as a stepping stone.  I hope for a better day, when all candidates who come before the electorate can brag windily about their actual achievements in office, not hide behind good fundraising numbers they accumulated while they were supposed to be doing their jobs.

Visit Our Revamped Library!

One of our goals is for folks new to the site and new to   activism generally to learn about all the major issues of corporate influence in our politics and policies.   When I first got the activist bug in 2001, I spent hours googling, trying to soak in as much as I could.   Well, it’s now 2010, and there’s no excuse for us not to have a compendium of articles dissecting issues, holding corporations and their political enablers accountable, and promoting reform.

As with everything else here at the Bull Moose Movement, the Library will be a work in progress, but we hope that down the road it will serve as a useful tool for everyone from the veteran organizer brushing up on an issue to the young person trying to get involved for the first time.  While the layout in the Library link itself is not ideal, the more user-friendly issue sorting is available on the right-hand side of the main site.

Suggestions welcome!

Sense of Entitlement

John Liu, New York City’s first Asian-American City Councilman, had always been described as ambitious, not an unusual adjective for a politician. With hunger for power was on full display last year when he flirted with running for Mayor, ran for Public Advocate, and then dropped out to enter the more winnable Comptroller race, which indeed he won. Now he asks staff to stand when he walks into a room and has people address him as “Mr. Comptroller.” This is staggering hubris for a second-tier New York political hack, who saw the last days of his election plagued by his own mother’s revelation that he had lied about working in a sweatshop as a child.

Mr. Liu is a particularly egregious example of the swollen-head political class, but he is far from alone among elected officials in forgetting that he is a public servant, whose job and many amenities are paid for by hard-working taxpayers. Again, to Liu’s credit, he at least is vocal on many issues, though he is behind the curve on most of them. A lot of politicians simply coast through their terms, accomplishing little outside of the constituent services their underpaid staffers and unpaid interns deliver for them. Such politicians fail to acknowledge their own mediocrity. Witness New York state politics, where the dance goes on, pretty much irrespective of which party controls the legislature and which people lead the legislature, let alone who represents pockets of Queens or Westchester.

Very few elected officials demonstrate the intelligence, hard work and leadership that should be a prerequisite for the job. The sense of entitlement that envelops these unimpressive individuals allows them to ignore their communities and more readily succumb to corporate influence. The Bull Moose Movement does not endorse candidates, and it will not focus on electoral results. We believe that voters need to learn the truth about their elected officials, many of whom are too lazy to even regularly schedule events in the district outside of high-end fundraisers. In future posts we discuss reforms that could improve the caliber of our elected officials, but in the end, voters have to make better choices than sending the same people back to City Hall, Albany and Washington. One of our goals this summer will be encouraging communities to start demanding the same kind of access that top lobbyist dollars can buy. After all, aren’t taxpayers already contributing more than lobbyists ever will?

The Bull Moose and the Sneaky Corporate Beast

There is nothing surprising about major corporations pouring millions of dollars into the political process to secure favorable results for their bottom lines.  What makes corporate influence particularly dangerous, however, is the inability of the American people to recognize the corrosive corporate impact on our politics and policies.  In debates over all of the major issues affecting our country today- war, healthcare, financial reform, jobs, energy and educations, corporations have a vested interest in an outcome, and exercise due care to keep their fingerprints off that outcome.

During the health-care debate, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, not the most popular bunch, got most aggressive behind closed doors, and funded TV ads for sham citizen groups (not unlike Citizens United).  In the run-up to the war in Iraq, dozens of retired military commanders went on news shows to press the case for war without disclosing their role as paid consultants to major military contractors, due largely to a lazy media that did not expose these ties.   Last year, Bank of America’s CEO chaired private conference calls with other industry leaders on how to defeat the pro-worker Employee Free Choice Act.  Big lender lobbyists have swarmed the Hill, particularly the offices of centrist Democrats, to block popular student loan reform.  Just today, we learned that corporations are putting major resources into 2010 efforts under the banner of the Chamber of Commerce, so the negative ads that will inevitably spew cannot be traced back to them.

There is nothing conspiratorial about these corporate efforts.  They lobby for their own benefit and for the benefit of the shareholders- the people who give them bonuses.  I cannot envision a system where people of such skewed character no longer engage in this behavior.  What I look forward to is an awaked populace that sees these tentacles of influence and mobilizes to cast them off by pressing for tough reform laws.   A brutal recession is when people need the support of an aggressive regulatory government more than ever, and that means educating the American public both about why their government isn’t there for them now and how it could be.

The Bull Moose Movement is committed to exposing the anti-democratic corporate forces that fight to the bitter end for legislation Americans actively oppose.  There are many groups like us all over the country, and it is imperative that we work together to share resources and coordinate our community outreach.  If Bank of America, an institution with vastly more resources than all the progressive and reformer groups in the country combined, is organizing its buddies for conference calls, surely we should be too.

Internet Organizing- the Power of Email

A simple person to person email remains the most undervalued tool in the rapidly evolving world of online political organizing.  Major political campaigns and advocacy groups have gotten into the rhythm of sending out impersonal mass emails spouting the outrage de jour, coupled with a donation request.  Facebook Groups and Causes allow mass groups of strangers to commiserate and vent.   But as with any form of organizing, nothing trumps person to person contact, a tool increasingly available to strangers online.

When our group declared the Bull Moose Movement’s mission: empowering communities through civic education to reduce corporate influence, we were pretty sure that Google, Facebook and indie media would turn up a number of likeminded groups, and they have.

Rather than simply adding a likeminded group to a blogroll, or joining all the right Facebook sites, we have been trying to reach out personally to all writers, activists and organization that share our values.

As obvious as that strategy sounds, it represents a distinctly minority view of online organizing, in contrast to the more pervasive “get rich quick” schemes, like “1,000,000 people for X.”   The Coffee Party initially seemed quite unprepared to handle the explosion in its membership in the aftermath of New York Times and Washington Post articles, though it smartly began pushing for March 13 meet-ups to test the actual people strength of its 80,000 person online membership.

Online platforms like Facebook, MyBarackObama and the Coffee Party allow a lot of people to get on the same page in a hurry.  But progressive change is always a slow, laborious process, and organizers should be constantly looking for and reaching out to long-term allies in the fight, particularly to bridge geographic and generational gaps.  Organizations, even large ones, should make themselves accessible by email, and not have visitors fill out pre-set forms that get sent into the void.  Indie journalists unquestionably should have email contact information at the end of their articles so readers can interact with them.  If all these elements are sharing information, collaborating on actions, and working off the same playbook, change will come faster than if isolated grassroots groups go it alone against powerful, organized adversaries.

All it takes to get things started is a simple email. The tool stares us in the face all day- now we just have to learn how to use it.

-Janos Marton (rovingstorm@gmail.com)

The Impending Commercial Real Estate Calamity

and what we can do about it…

Commercial property values are down 40% since 2007.  Elizabeth Warren explains that a commercial real estate storm is brewing, because as these stores struggle to get by, their loans are coming due.    Warren predicts that banks are set to losing over $300 billion in the coming years from commercial real estate defaults, especially local banks, which will in turn either need government help or risk serious instability.

The banks are thus still in hot water with all these mortgages underwater, but commercial real estate renters are in trouble too.   It comes as no surprise to anyone who has walked around an urban neighborhood, driven past a strip mall, or waltz through a major mall that business is way down.  The recession has seriously cut down on consumer spending, particularly on niche items that make up so much of the small business sector.  Nevertheless, commercial landlords have often kept rents as high as they were during boom times.  In New York City, for example, rents skyrocketed year after year, and even freezing them now is of no comfort to small businesses that have seen such a drastic decline in revenue.   Small business have to respond by cutting costs, which means cutting back hours and health-care benefits for employees, or laying them off.

The 2008 crash taught us a lesson on the interconnectedness of all things financial and political in America.  The commercial real estate crash, which will either be a decent sized problem or a major one, will affect local banks, small businesses, jobs and health-care.  So what can we do?

Well, at the Bull Moose Movement, we start with the basics.  To me, that means reaching out to small business in the community to find out how they are doing.  What are their rent situations?  What are there mortgage situations?  Is there a way they can work together better, the way the Chamber of Commerce facilitates business in smaller towns?  Get creative in the questions you ask.  I’m not going to pretend I have answers to a calamitous impending economic crash, but I do know that if we call ourselves communities, we could do a better job checking in with our local businesses to see if they are going to be ok.

Weclome to the Bull Moose Movement

Welcome to the movement that is fighting to bring our core democratic values back into our communities and stopping corporations from hijacking our political system.  On this website you’ll find:

* How you can get involved with the Bull Moose Movement, including our events, actions and meet-ups.

* A library where you can read the Bull Moose Movement’s  favorite articles about the corporate influence on American government, and groups fighting back.

* The Bull Moose Movement platform.

* How to get in touch with the Bull Moose Movement.