When the leadership we’ve elected can’t/won’t govern, give it to the people.
ABOUT THE NO LABELS MOVEMENT
No Labels is a growing citizens’ movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents dedicated to ushering in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics.
We are not a centrist or a moderate group, and we are not pushing for bipartisanship for its own sake. This is a growing national network of liberals, conservatives and everyone in between who believes having principled and deeply held political beliefs does not require an all-or-nothing approach to governance. In fact, it is this all-or-nothing attitude that is dividing our country and leading to the crippling gridlock and dysfunction in Washington.
In 2015 and beyond, No Labels is focusing its energies on creating a new goal-oriented model of governance for the country.
We are calling for the creation of a new National Strategic Agenda focused on four goals chosen with direct input from the American people:
- Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
- Secure Social Security and Medicare for another 75 years
- Balance the federal budget by 2030
- Make America energy secure by 2024
No Labels is asking 2016 presidential candidates to embrace the National Strategic Agenda and to commit, if elected, to begin working with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders on at least one of these four goals within the first 30 days of the new administration. Presidential candidates who publicly make this commitment will receive the No Labels Problem Solver Seal of Approval.
Q&A with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who is co-chair of No Labels on NPR’s All Things Considered:
“This is a group that in one sense is not unlike a lot of other Americans, which is we’re disappointed, we’re fed up, we’re angry about the gridlock in Washington. But we are different from a lot of the others in that we have a program of response. And the way we’ve chosen is to put forward an agenda with four big national goals broadly stated which we’re asking the presidential candidates to commit to – and the goals have to do with creating 25 million new jobs in the country, security – Social Security and Medicare, balancing the budget and making America energy secure.”
University of Texas Austin professor:
“I don’t want to bear the increased risk of facing a student in my office that gets disgruntled and pulls a gun out on me.”
“A lot of people, especially in the Humanities department, are terribly concerned — why express something that might be controversial [and may make] a student really, really upset when there’s an increased of having a student pull a gun on you?” he says. “It makes it a less desirable place for learning and it makes it less of a learning environment.”
“I worry about the feeling of tension this would engender because somebody might do something, and you’re always going to be on alert. I don’t need to put up with that. Life is short, I don’t need the money that much, so I’d rather do other things.”