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Americans for Prosperity Pushes for Change at the ‘Dinner Table’

posted at 8:10 am on October 6, 2012 by


President Ronald Reagan once said that “all great change in America begins at the dinner table.”  It seems that the folks at Americans for Prosperity wanted to channel that sentiment (or renew it) in their new ad, which was released yesterday.  AFP’s New Media Director, Stephanie Fontenot, issued an email yesterday and a press release saying “it’s a common scene and, to some, an all too familiar situation. As a response to the jobs report released [yesterday] morning, we’ve just launched our new ad, “The Dinner Table” online. It’s uncomfortable, awkward, and a real-life example of the impact of President Obama’s harmful economic policies and failing agenda.”

The press release stated that their:

…new ad, “Dinner Table,” features a recently unemployed father sitting at the dinner table with his worried family. The ad then fades to a black-and-white question on the screen: ‘12.1 million Americans unemployed. Isn’t it time to try something different?’…AFP is ramping up grassroots pressure with the 2nd National Prosperity Action Day. Over 50 AFP field offices in 16 states will organize door knocks to poll citizens about President Obama’s policies and job approval. AFP-PA will host door knocks in Harrisburg, and Media.

Organizers anticipate they’ll reach thousands of people on Saturday, building on the success of the 1st National Prosperity Action Day, in which citizen activists made over 400,000 phone calls in one day using the state-of-the-art Freedom Phone system. So far this year, activists have used Freedom Phones to make over 5 million calls.

Activists tell me every day that they want to leave a better country for their children and grandchildren,” Stefano continued. “Our National Prosperity Action Day gives them a chance to be a part of the solution by educating their fellow citizens about the economic and human cost of this administration’s policies.”

Only 114,000 jobs were created in September, which is significantly below the 146,000 average monthly gain for 2012.  With 114,000 jobs added last month the Great Recession job gap won’t be closed until 2025. The unemployment rate in a labor force the same size as when Obama took office is now at 10.7%. 12.1 million Americans are unemployed with 4.8 million of those having been unemployed for more than 27 weeks.

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I’ve been that wife. Heck, I was that husband just before I got my current job, and then I went back to being the wife until this year. Try supporting yourself, a husband, and two kids in a home that feeds into a good school on wages that hover around $15 an hour, when you just put your husband through nursing school. NURSING school, mind you, and he still could not find full-time work. We are doing somewhat better than four years ago. But we would have done even better if Obamacare had not passed and pinched off opportunities for new nurses.

Sekhmet on October 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM