The president of the United States sent an email today via his former campaign organization attacking Republicans in Congress for the showdown over Obamacare and the continued funding of the government. Organizing for Action (OFA), formerly Obama for America, now bills itself as "a 'social welfare' organization within the meaning of section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code." The group has publicly stated that it is non-partisan, but the president writes that a "group of far-right Republicans in Congress is obsessed with making an ideological point", and that "Republicans are not focused on what's best for you." The email is signed "Barack." The full text reads as follows:
Right now, the hard work we've put in to get our economy back on track is at risk. And there's only one reason for it: A group of far-right Republicans in Congress is obsessed with making an ideological point.
They refuse to pass a budget unless I let them sabotage Obamacare, something they know is not going to happen. Now, we're left with only four days before a government shutdown.
This is reckless and irresponsible. Republicans are not focused on what's best for you. They're playing political games.
I called House Speaker John Boehner the other night to tell him that Americans like you have worked too long and too hard to dig our nation out of the financial crisis, and the last thing we need is for Washington to manufacture another.
I want to make sure that message gets through. Add your voice -- remind Speaker Boehner that Congress has a job to do.
Passing a budget is the most basic duty the Constitution gives to Congress.
Congress needs to hear from the people who sent them to Washington.
As we get closer to the September 30th deadline, that might mean picking up the phone, getting the facts out to friends on social media, or showing up at your local congressional office. OFA will be asking a lot of you, and I hope you'll get involved.
Start today by telling Speaker Boehner that Congress must come together to pass a budget:
As is typical of OFA emails, the links in the email first take users to a page to enter an email address and indicate support for the cause. After that comes the ubiquitous donation solicitation page.