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24 April 2016 - 2:11pm
Three magic words: "have a heart."
21 March 2016 - 11:55am
I ate lamburger. And I hate lamburger.
7 March 2016 - 12:56pm
I feel the Bern.
29 February 2016 - 11:44am
Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Talk to me about it.
18 February 2016 - 11:01am
Watch our Open Debate with David Jolly on Monday, April 25 at 7 PM EST
24 April 2016 - 2:11pm
Three magic words: "have a heart."
21 March 2016 - 11:55am

One of the nice things about being a human being is that when you have a problem, you can appeal for help, and you’ll often get it. People actually want to help people. (Unlike chimps, who have a very nasty attitude.)

You would not believe how many people called my office after the earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and asked how they could help. A lot of those people had never met a Haitian in their entire lives. But they wanted to help.

I’ll give you another example.

I went to Somalia a few years ago. I went with a group, because I wasn’t entirely comfortable visiting Somalia alone. Our group also visited other countries in East Africa. We flew from one country to another, often because land borders were closed. But flights were few and far between.

Upon arrival at the airport in one small country, the immigration official noticed that the visa for a member of our group had expired. She said that that member would have to re-board the flight, and return from whence we had come. Which was a huge problem, because the next flight was four days later, and we were staying only for three.

In some parts of the world, such problems are solved by the sudden appearance of cash. Sure enough, cash suddenly appeared.

The immigration official quietly declined the offer. She reiterated that our colleague needed to re-board the airplane. This caused a great deal of consternation within our group.

Our group leader was possibly the most traveled human being who ever lived. For instance, he had been to Ethiopia, a nearby country, more than thirty times. He knew a thing or two about human nature. He went up to the immigration official, he quietly and tactfully explained the awful consequences for our colleague if he were separated from our group, and he then used the magic words:

“Have a heart.”

He said those words three times.

The immigration official smiled (for the first time), took the passport with the expired visa, and told him that everyone would have to wait until she returned. So we did.

The plane left. We didn’t know whether that was a good thing or a bad thing.

After forty-five minutes, she came back. She showed my colleague that inside the passport there was a new, valid visa.

“No charge,” she said in French.

People have a heart. That’s what makes progressive politics possible. Now show your support by making a donation to our “have a heart” campaign for the Senate >>

What makes a $15 minimum wage politically possible? It’s because people have a heart. Why immigration reform? Because people have a heart. Why universal healthcare, paid sick leave, free public college? Because … people have a heart.

Our progressive campaign is not rooted merely in idealism, the conviction that the world can be a better place. Our progressivism is rooted in human nature, that shared spark in all of us we call “empathy.” In a very fundamental way, we care about each other. We love each other. We want everyone to live a decent life – even people we’ve never met, and never will meet.

We all have a heart.

Help put someone in the Senate who understands what it means to be a human being, and show that YOU have a heart – contribute today >>

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

I ate lamburger. And I hate lamburger.
7 March 2016 - 12:56pm

When I was in college, I cleaned toilets. When the rich kids were playing varsity lacrosse, or fencing, or crewing, I was cleaning their toilets. That was my varsity sport. I made less than four dollars an hour.

I had to be very careful with money. For dinner, I often made myself hamburgers from ground lamb, because when I was in college, it was the cheapest meat you could buy. A pound of ground beef cost 99 cents; a pound of ground lamb cost only 79 cents a pound. Occasionally, just 69 cents a pound. I could make four decent lamburgers out of that. Put that together with a store-label can of corn or green beans for 27 cents (black letters on a white background on the label), and voila! – dinner.

I actually hate lamburgers. But that’s what I could afford.

I know what it’s like to struggle. When you send this campaign $10 or $20 or $27, I know how much that means to you – and it means that much to me. It means so much to me >>

I remembered this when I heard that my spoiled trust-fund opponent, Richie Rich, took SEIU’s “Minimum Wage Challenge” this week. (His name isn’t really Richie Rich, but if it were Richie Rich, that would be more real than his real name.)

Richie Rich has never worked a day in his life in any real job. He “worked” for his father’s construction company, which he refers to as “day labor.” (Maybe it was, for his chauffeur.) He owns an enormous yacht called “Cocktails.” His father was so proud that he was able to buy little Richie a Congressional seat – right after the election, he gave little Richie a $5 million “gift.”

But little Richie Rich is quite the faker, so he felt that he could con his way through the Minimum Wage Challenge. Maybe he thought that he was auditioning for Eddie Murphy’s part in the remake of “Trading Places.” So when he got to the part of the challenge about living on $17 a day for food (actually the budget for a family of four, not one out-of-touch frat boy), this is what the out-of-touch frat boy did: he went to the drug store CVS to buy his groceries, and he bought a whole lot of expensive, name-brand crap. That’s his idea of how poor people save a penny.

Here’s what the Twitter said about this:

“What a doofus.”

“1. Don’t buy groceries at CVS.
2. Don’t buy name brands.
3. You suck at this.”

“He bought name brand sh*t at CVS [OMG emoji]”

“You’re buying groceries from CVS like a moron.”

“What kind of idiot does their grocery shopping at CVS?”

“Um, your 1st mistake is name brand, 2nd is CVS. Idiot.”

“LOL at buying name brand items while doing a ‘look at me’ challenge. No wonder we are $19 trillion in debt. Take a hike.”

“This just proves that you have never even tried to stretch a budget. Idiot.”

And then, rather than actually eating the groceries from CVS, Richie Rich went to a $1000-a-plate, port-and-caviar-and-cigars campaign fundraiser. I’m serious. But maybe he didn’t inhale.

Help me stop this empty-suit poser from buying a U.S. Senate seat. It won’t cost you $1000, just $10 or $20 or $27. Just click here >>

Our political system is jam-packed with fakers, liars, frauds, imposters, pretenders, fabricators, cheaters, swindlers and con artists. I can beat this one. But I’m going to need your help to do it.

Please help >>

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

I feel the Bern.
29 February 2016 - 11:44am

Last summer, my 16-year-old daughter asked me whether I felt the Bern. “Did you leave the stove on again?” I asked her.

Now, after listening to We, the People, I feel the Bern.

I hereby endorse Bernie Sanders to be our Democratic nominee for President of the United States. I will vote for him as a Super-delegate at the Democratic National Convention. And I enthusiastically join, shoulder to shoulder, his political revolution.

Join our political revolution by chipping in $27, Bernie’s average contribution, right here and right now >>

Perhaps inspired by the Bernie Sanders message of “Not me. Us.”, for the past several days, I have appealed to Democrats across the nation to tell me for whom I should vote, as a Super-delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The response has been absolutely overwhelming. Almost 400,000 Democrats voted at GraysonPrimary.com. More than the number who voted in the South Carolina primary. More than the number who voted in the New Hampshire primary and the Nevada caucus combined.

The results: Sanders 86%, Clinton 14%. More than just a landslide. An earthquake.

We invited not just votes, but also comments. I have been fascinated by the reasons you all gave for your votes. We’ll be sharing some of those, in coming days. But in Bernie’s case, it boils down to this:

America needs a revolution. And only Bernie Sanders, as President of the United States, can make one.

For those of you who read these missives (and if you don’t, then welcome!) this endorsement may not be entirely unexpected. You know that:

(1) I have passed 54 amendments on the Floor of the House in the last three years, more than any other Member. And when Bernie Sanders served in the House, in his time Bernie was the “Amendment King,” getting so many good things done in a hopelessly waterlogged institution, again and again.

(2) I am the only Member of the U.S. House of Representatives who raised most of his campaign funds from small contributions of less than $200 (in both 2012 and 2014, by the way). Bernie Sanders is the only Member of the U.S. Senate who raised most of his campaign funds from small contributions of less than $200. And this year, Bernie Sanders is the only Presidential candidate who has raised most of his campaign funds from small contributions of less than $200. Bernie and I are not owned and beholden to the billionaires and the multinational corporations and the lobbyists and the special interests.

Bernie Sanders is unbought and unbossed. So am I. That is an essential element of the political revolution. Contribute $27 today, to demonstrate that a candidate doesn’t have to sell his soul to pay for a winning campaign.

Bernie Sanders and I share a goal of building a grassroots movement of people who want to take back our country from the billionaires and the multinational corporations. We want to make elections into about something different: Not the lesser of two evils, but the greater good.

When you make a contribution to our campaign, our revolution, you are demonstrating that our democracy is no longer for sale to the highest bidder. But Bernie and I cannot accomplish this on our own. We need your help. We need to declare our Declaration of Independence from the baneful power of Big Money, by coming together one and all.

This is the revolution you’ve been waiting for. The place is here, and the time is now. Chip in $27 to help Bernie and me take back our country from the Big Money, and defeat the oligarchy >>

Power … to The People.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Talk to me about it.
18 February 2016 - 11:01am

I’m a “superdelegate”; I want to listen to you. You decide: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. The choice is, literally, yours. Go vote now.

Bernie or Hillary? You tell me.

I’m a “superdelegate.” In July, at the Democratic Convention, I will be voting for one or the other. I’d like to know which one you think I should vote for, and why.

Unlike “some people,” I will not be making this decision based on who can host the best fundraiser for me. I will not be making this decision based on what my fat-cat donors tell me, in part because I don’t have any.

I’ll be making this decision based on what you and your friends tell me. I’m inviting you to vote on this, and give your reasons. Democracy – what a concept!

Click here to tell me whom you support for President – and invite your friends to do the same >>

Look, I’d be perfectly happy if our nominee were chosen exclusively in the primaries. But 15% of the delegates to the Democratic Convention are chosen because of who they are, not whom they support. And I happen to be one of them. I wrestled with that responsibility for a while, until I realized that I don’t have to decide – I can let you decide.

My official title is “Representative.” Isn’t that sort of what “Representatives” are supposed to do? Represent the wishes of others?

So tell me: Bernie or Hillary? And why:

GO VOTE

If you want me to endorse Bernie Sanders, then you can vote for me to support Bernie. If you want me to endorse Hillary Clinton, then you can vote for me to support Hillary. If you want me to switch to the Republican party and vote for one of those lunatics, then why are you even reading this? You can expect that to happen when the Atlantic Ocean freezes over. Oh, and Hell, too.

Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? The choice is yours. Go here to vote right now, and get lots of others to do the same.

Don’t wait too long on this one. The Florida Presidential Primary is just four weeks away, and I’m going to make my decision – excuse me, our decision – long before that. If this works, then maybe other “superdelegates” will follow suit, and netroots activism can turn one of the least democratic elements of the UnDemocratic Party into something really special – a decision Of the People, By the People and For the People.

So what are you waiting for? Go vote. Like now. Stop reading this, and go vote.

Courage,

Rep. Alan Grayson

What do you mean, “I couldn’t be the president of the United States of America”?
Tell me something, it’s still “We the people”, right?

-Megadeth, “Peace Sells” (1986).

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