The nonprofit unveiled its agenda for “Action August” — a “month-long effort to turn up the pressure on Congress” during the August recess — last week. During the 31 days of advocacy and fundraising, OFA plans to hold five “national action days,” kicking the “action” off August 4, President Obama’s birthday.
According to POLITICO, each “action day” spotlights one of the administration’s most important issues ahead of the 2014 midterm elections: healthcare (Aug. 4) , immigration reform (Aug. 5), climate change (Aug. 13), gun control (Aug. 21) and immigration reform again (Aug. 31).
OFA also plans to shine the light on women’s issues and gay rights. But the group’s organizers forgot about the one issue most Americans care about — the economy.
According to a Rasmussen poll conducted last month, 77 percent of those surveyed said the economy was the most important issue in terms of how they will vote in the next congressional elections, the 2014 midterms. Those polled said the economy took higher precedent than immigration, energy and gun control.
“You run for office and you win so that you can actually get things done. It’s the beginning and not the end of a process. It puts you in a position to deliver on behalf of the folks you’re fighting for,” the President said at OFA’s “Action August” Summit last week. “…I’ve got a little over twelve hundred days left in office. I am going to spend every waking minute of every one of those days thinking about and then acting upon any good ideas out there that are going to help ordinary Americans succeed.”
Apparently, according to OFA, lowering the unemployment rate and creating jobs aren’t exactly ‘good ideas to help ordinary Americans succeed.’
The nonprofit’s — created by former Obama campaign aides after the 2012 election — agenda comes after President Obama embarked on a week-long tour “pivoting” back to the economy and focusing on the middle class. The President began his series of speeches at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., then continued to the University of Central Missouri in Warrenburg, Mo., and concluded his tour in Jacksonville, Fla.
Though Obama did speak on the middle class, he offered few new solutions to drive the sluggish economy and lower the unemployment rate, which sits at a stagnant 7.6 percent. He did, though, tout Obamacare and call for an increase to the minimum wage.
During “Action August,” OFA volunteers, officials and supporters plan to blitz members of Congress opposed to Obama’s agenda, appearing at town halls, phone banks, rallies and district offices in an effort to draw attention to Obama’s most important issues ahead of the 2014 elections.
“Their recess is our opportunity to speak with our elected officials directly about the issues we care about,” Jon Carson, OFA’s executive director, wrote on the group’s website about “Action August.”
Looks like Carson and his OFA colleagues forgot one.
h/t The Daily Caller