John Ransom

Tucked away at 1825 K Street in Washington, DC is a group that hopes that lobbying for “jobs” will be a good way to revitalize the American economy.

Yes. About a half mile from the White House is housed Campaign for American Change, an organization that progressive founder Roger Hickey believes is the “emergence of a progressive tea party.”

“After three decades of conservative dominance in American politics,” says their website, “we Americans are threatened with economic disintegration, environmental devastation and international isolation….But out of the ashes of this era of conservative failure comes an historic opportunity for progressives to salvage the American Ideal and shape this young century.”

No word yet on whether they will let racists join. But hey, it’s progressives. Al Sharpton has probably already filled out his application.  

But it’s a very grassrootsy, tea-partyish organization.

My goodness: The board includes Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of that tribute to middle-America, The Nation. Nothing says grassroots with this administration like the marriage of K Street with the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

You know? The bitter clingers who cling to their arugula, goat cheese and pinot noir.

And what grassroots, spontaneous organization isn’t complete without the cameo appearance by Jon Sweeney, former president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009?

Or how about that working-class hero Robert Johnson, of Impact Artists Management, formerly a managing director for Soros Fund Management?

Also on the board is Warren Beatty. Yep, that guy.

And you thought that they weren’t going to have a jobs plan. Ha, ha, ha.

Here’s their plan:

-A revived manufacturing sector leading the new green industrial revolution.

-Workers empowered to organize so that the blessings of future prosperity are widely shared.

-Sustained public investment in areas vital to our future.

-A new engine for economic growth to replace the bubble-bust economy of the past decades.

OK, sure. It looks like they have already instituted their jobs plan. Like two-and-a-half years ago.


John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.