Dear Fellow Progressive ...

Letter from James Carville from Progress Report, the newsletter of Democrats 2000, Special Edition--Election 1998

Dear fellow progressive,

Well, they're at it again. Gingrich, Lott, and their kind are trying to cheat us out of a decent future.

This time, with your help, we won't let them get away with it.

The stakes have never been higher. Just look at what we're going to lose if we don't beat their campaigns with dollars and votes :

Social security : The black ink's not even dry, and Congressional Republicans already want to blow the budget surplus on a tax cut instead of shoring up social security. The American people aren't dumb, and polls show they don't want a return to Reagan-era debt. But Republicans will sacrifice anything, including a decent future for our senior citizens, for the sake of a simple campaign message.

Education : Their position on this issue would be funny if it weren't so pathetic. After years of screaming about eliminating the Department of Education, funneling our public taxes out of our public schools, and not setting national standards, the Republicans are saying they're "the education party"! Give me a break!

Health Care : Almost 42 million Americans aren't covered by health insurance. And Americans who are covered aren't getting what they need from HMOs. That's just plain wrong! Clearly something needs to be done. But are the Republicans worrying about it? Absolutely not! They're too busy filling their pockets with tobacco money!

Now, more than ever, it's time to stand up for what we believe in. Don't let the Republicans' obsession with the Clinton scandal divert us from the issues! Everything is at stake in these elections.

Republicans are spending millions so that they can continue to run roughshod over our concerns. Good, progressive candidates need the support of Democrats 2000. Help us to fight the right-wingers by volunteering or contributing as much as you can.

Let's win these races this November, then it's on to 2000!

With hope for the future,

James Carville

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