Fix the Debt

Support urged for Fix the Debt Campaign

I generally do not sign petitions; nor do I normally ask others to do



However, I was impressed by the broad bi-partisan nature of those

coming together in Maryland to organize a State Chapter of Campaign to

Fix the Debt and I consider the debt crisis to be one we can all play an

active role in trying to solve. 


Last week I did sign this petition and now do urge others to at least

consider signing on as well. 


Below is a statement from the Maryland Chapter co-chairs:


Big news for Maryland: the Campaign to Fix the Debt has launched a

chapter right here at home.


Our nation's over-extended credit card is a looming crisis for everyone

from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, and it's vital that our elected

leaders in Washington hear from all of us that the cost of inaction is

too great. They must come together to find a bipartisan, commonsense



So, I'm thrilled to let you know the details of our Maryland launch

which took place Monday:


Former Chief of Staff to Governor O'Malley, Michael Enright, former

Chief of Staff to Governor Ehrlich Chip DiPaula, and others - including

former U.S. Representatives Wayne Gilchrest and Tom McMillen, who ran

against each other for Congress - formally came together as the Maryland

state steering committee. The steering committee also includes a broad

range of Maryland's political, community, and business leaders.  This

bipartisan group of leaders will represent us in the media, to our

Maryland officials, and in Washington, DC, over the weeks to come.


Today, tomorrow, and in the days and weeks ahead, we need you to help

demonstrate the call for action in Maryland. Three things you can do to

support the launch:


1) Build our Maryland voices committed to Fixing the Debt. Share the

petition today with five of your friends and neighbors.


2) We are building a citizens steering committee for Maryland. If

you're interested in serving on it, let us know by hitting reply to this

email or filling out this short form:



3) Join a Fix the Debt citizens group. Are you a parent, small business

owner, or part of a military family? We need you, right now. Tell us

more about yourself here:  http://act.fixthedebt.org/page/s/TellUsMore 


With the imposing fiscal cliff due to take effect at the end of the

year, these next few weeks are critical to the campaign. Thank you for

all you do, and for all we'll do together.




Michael Enright, 

former Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Martin O'Malley


Chip Dipaula, 

former Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Bob Ehrlich



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Joe Stewart November 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
This is the Joe who wrote the blog, not the Joe who commented on it. Please look at the citizens petition before forming an opinion about this effort. In my opinion, the debt is a big problem compounded by ongoing deep divisions in political leadership that were not resolved by the national election. If I we re president I would ask Bush and Clinton to co-chair a national committee to address this crisis.
Joe November 29, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Joe Stewart, how many committees are needed that Obama does not listen to? "The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (Jobs Council) was created to provide non-partisan advice to the President on continuing to strengthen the Nation's economy and ensure the competitiveness of the United States and on ways to create jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for the American people." Then there was the Obama Debt Commission led by Erskine Bowles and not one proposal they came up with has been instituted by Obama or even talked about by him. "Bowles pessimistic about avoiding 'fiscal cliff'" These commissions are almost 4 years old. Obama and the dems want to go over the cliff and blame the GOP for it. I too say go over the cliff. Anything that cuts spending once and for all.
Joe November 29, 2012 at 07:46 PM
From the same man who said in state tuition was not a subsidy? How rich. Wrong but rich none the less. sub·si·dy 1.a direct pecuniary aid furnished by a government to a private industrial undertaking, a charity organization, or the like. 2.a sum paid, often in accordance with a treaty, by one government to another to secure some service in return. 3.a grant or contribution of money. 4.money formerly granted by the English Parliament to the crown for special needs. SUBSIDY : a grant or gift of money: as a : a sum of money formerly granted by the British Parliament to the crown and raised by special taxation b : money granted by one state to another c : a grant by a government to a private person or company to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public Subsidy is NOT being allowed to keep more of what you earn.
Sean Tully November 30, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The solution is rather simple: stop fighting wars and stop giving huge tax cuts without paying for them. The GOP has a nifty little plan. They've had it since Reagan. The way it works is they starve the government of funds in order to force the government to shrink, thus requiring less funds. Their goal, as Grover Norquist said, is to make government so small it can be drowned in a bath tub. The only problem is that we need a strong government. And a strong government costs money. So, it is time for those making over $250,000.00 a year to pay for the wars and tax cuts Bush put on the nation's credit card.
Joe November 30, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Sean, Obama has proposed raising taxes on American workers $85 Billion. Service costs on our debt was $185 Billion in 2010. In 2015 it will rise to $554 Billion a year. The tax increase proposed does not even cover the debt service costs of 2010. It will cover only 15% of the debt costs in 2015. www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-14/geithner-quietly-tells-obama-debt-to-gnp-cost-poised-to-increase-to-record.html Ending the tax cuts for those over $200,000 will not put a dent in anything at all. Taxing them at 100% will do nothing but make progressives feel better.


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