RTD's founding was first announced in a
22, 2011 Huffington
in which Van Jones outlined
“the steps needed to renew and redeem the American Dream.” Among them:
revenue for America's government sensibly by making Wall Street and
the super-rich pay their fair share."
spending responsibly by cutting the real fat—like
corporate welfare for military contractors, big agriculture and big
the American Way by treating employees with dignity and respecting
their right to a seat at the bargaining table."
the middle class—and pathways into
it—by fighting for a 'made in America'
innovation and manufacturing agenda, including trade and currency
policies that honor American workers and entrepreneurs."
May 2011, MoveOn.org
produced and posted a YouTube video designed to help introduce the
“American Dream Movement” to the public and to lay some
groundwork for the organization's scheduled launch of June 23. The
video made it appear that the electronic ticker outside the Manhattan
headquarters of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News, had
been hacked and reprogrammed with
a script that read:
"We are being lied to. Right wingers are
destroying the middle class and trying to kill our unions. The
country is not broke. We are the richest country in the world. USA is
twice as rich as China. Our economy is bigger than most of Europe
combined. We are not broke. We are being lied to. We will rise up We
will fight back. We will spread the truth."
These themes were revisited at RTD's June 23 kickoff event,
focused his message on the U.S. economy and the allegedly dangerous
falsehoods which the political right was promulgating. Most notable among them,
Jones, was the notion that America was on the precipice of
bankruptcy. He also asserted that raising taxes on the wealthy would
cause no harm to the economy: “You do well in America, you
should do well by America.”