Stewart Acuff

Jan 7

Dodging the Fiscal Cliff

Now that we’ve resolved or avoided the so-called fiscal cliff in a pretty strong – raising the tax rates on the wealthy, saving Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; we begin the sparring soon punching over raising the debt ceiling.

Raising the debt ceiling was once a perfunctory formality to allow the Congress to pay its bills.

Radical rightwing Republican Members of Congress will try to extort President Obama and the country and try to hold America hostage to force budget cuts that will be harmful to our nation and our people.

Please remember two things:
– Defaulting on the bills of the United States and undermining the full faith and credit of our country would harm the status of America in the world and send the world’s economy into a tailspin plunging millions of working families into poverty including here in our country.

– All this Washington wrestling and wrangling take place in the contest of historic wealth and income inequality, 35 years of stagnant wages, and growing poverty including 40% of our kids’ experiencing hunger at some time every month.

Our government must be focused on a fairer economy that works for everyone and builds the middle class.

We ought to be looking for organic ways to put more money into the pockets of working families to pour back into the economy to lift our country of our economic ditch.

Please get a copy of the very successful book that Dr. Richard Levins and I wrote called Getting America Back to Work to work with its short, concise plan to put Americans back to work. Its going for only $5 a each now plus shipping. Please just email me via the contact page on this site and I will send you a copy of the book. You can pay me through the mail with a check. Some of you may think about a two-fer – having me come and speak about both my books, sell them, and allow me to sign them. Again, just email me.

Another bit of exciting news:
I just read, met, and listened to a great new young Washington, DC based poet name INGRID ANDERS who is doing a reading at the Mount Pleasant Public Library (3160 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C.) Wednesday, February 27th, 2013, 6:30-8pm. Please put it on your calendar now and join me there. She’s also a novelist. Please also check our her website at


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Stewart Acuff is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work.

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